Choosing a home is a personal decision—everyone has different needs and tastes.

Here are some resources to help in your search, and some factors to consider that past Ross graduate students have identified as important.

Housing Timeline

January - March

Research options; connect with classmates; make appointments for showings during GBR

April – June

Attend GBR housing sessions; attend showings; sign lease

August 1

Move to Ann Arbor!
(earlier if you do EBS or Accounting prep)


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Choosing the Right Home


Your time at Ross will be busy. Some ways to minimize your commute include:

  • Living within a 10-minute walk of Ross—generally in the areas south of Hill, west of State, downtown, around South University; and some areas of Burns Park.

  • Living close to an Ann Arbor bus route that passes by Ross, such as the No. 6 State Street; No. 5 Packard, or U-M Campus Loop Shuttle. Some larger apartment complexes also offer a shuttle to Ross.


  • There is variability in the utilities that are included in rent, so make sure to consider that as you compare prices

  • Some landlords offer 9-month leases, but many are typically May 1-April 30 or Sept. 1-Aug 30. Sublets are widely available from May-August, so if your lease begins September 1, you can often find a sublet for the month of August.

  • Pet-friendly housing is available at select places. Both of the resources listed under “Where Ross MBAs live” include information to help you find a home that welcomes your pet.

PARKING & Safety

Once You're Here


DTE Energy

Residential Phone, Cable & Internet: AT&T, XFinity, and Verizon

Driver's License & Car Registration: Michigan Secretary of State (by law, when you move to Michigan you must transfer your car registration within one month)

Moving Refuse

Moving can generate a lot of trash and recyclable waste. Some resources:

Washtenaw County Waste Knot Partners — this site describes Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) waste pickup and recycling services. On the same site, look for the Trash to Treasure page for a list of area operations accepting selected items for reuse, resale, or donation.

Recycle Ann Arbor — Provides curbside bulky waste pickups at the following cost: $70 for up to 2 cubic yards; $25 for each additional yard; $25 per Freon appliance. Also accepts bulky items at the Drop-Off Station.

TDF II Hauling & Plowing (734-994-3484) — Pickup and disposal/recycling services for many items, including appliances, computers, furniture, and yard waste. TDF also donates items such as cleaning products, toys, clothing and books to local charities.

1-800-GOT-JUNK — For help during move-out, they'll take away large items, such as furniture and appliances, that you no longer want.

Used/Rental Furniture:

From Art Van Furniture to Craigslist, there are lots of places to purchase or rent new and used furniture in Ann Arbor. Here are a few other local sources for used furniture that some students use:

Cort Furniture Rentals 42350 Grand River Ave., 248-449-4660

U-M Property Disposition 3241 Baxter Rd., 734-764-2470

Treasure Mart 529 Detroit St., 734-662-1363

Super Family Thrift Store & Donation Center (Salvation Army), 1621 South State St., 734-332-3474

Recycling & Composting

The U.S. EPA has recognized Ann Arbor as one of the top 20 recycling communities in North America. Weekly compost and recycling pickup is available at most residential locations throughout the city. Some resources to help you participate:

U-M Recycling Page

Ann Arbor Recycling

Recycling storage bins and information can be delivered to your home, leave a phone message on the 24-hour line: 99-GREEN (994-7336) or pick up your bins from the ReUse Center located at 2420 S. Industrial.

Disputes & Problems

Just in case, keep these free, useful resources handy:

Housing Information Office more detailed information covering topics such as the legal rights of tenants, drafting roommate agreements, checklists, subletting, and the Ann Arbor Rights & Duties of Tenants Handbook.

U-M Student Legal Services free, full-service law office available to enrolled students on a variety of practice areas, including consumer problems, insurance, notary service, criminal defense, wills & family law, and landlord/tenant disputes.

U-M Conflict Resolution Services 734-763-4105

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