leftofthedial wrote:So I'm rolling up to Ann Arbor Thursday night to find a place to live. I'm looking for a one bedroom, no carpet...anyone have any ideas/experience? I thought housing was discussed somewhere on this thread, but I can't find it, even with the search. I want to be within a 15 minute walk from school...I've checked out Craig's List and some of the stuff off of the off campus housing website, but I'd love some additional options. Thanks!
Hey there- I asked about this a while back, and people recommended some different apartment complexes, if you're interested in that kinda thang. Other than that, I think the best way to go about it is what you're doing (from what current students have told me). I'm heading to AA in a couple weeks to hopefully find something, but I've been emailing a lot in the meantime. Another idea is to look at some of the agencies.
A friend of mine who is a grad student at UM sent me this, a kind of run down of neighborhoods and whatnot:
As far as where to live in Ann Arbor, I'm thinking right off the bat of two areas. One would be the area south of the law quad and east of Packard Rd. (a major thoroughfare). While there are going to be some undergrads sprinkled in among houses and apartments in that area, I've lived there and it was pretty quiet and nothing crazy happened. You wouldn't want to live around the Packard Rd. & State St. intersection though, since that's busy and densely undergrad. If you keep going SE that becomes the Burns Park neighborhood, which has the wealthiest homes and where a lot of profs live. If you live there you're not far from a Kroger and a CVS. The other area that comes to mind is Kerrytown, where a good number of grad students and young professionals live. There's a farmer's market, a food coop, the Kerrytown market & shops, some eateries, it's close to downtown, and--according to googlemaps--it's a 12-16 min. walk to the law school (.6-.8 miles). That might be the best overall neighborhood to live in. Besides on and around Packard & State, other areas you probably want to avoid are those on, just off, and immediately around South University Ave., particularly between State St. and Washtenaw Ave. (two more main thoroughfares) and streets leading to the football stadium. I think Craigslist and the university off-campus housing sites are the go-to sites for housing searches. I would also try the arborweb.com housing site, which breaks down neighborhoods and has some apartment listings: http://www.arborweb.com/cg/t0030.html
You might also want to try individual realtor sites (a few I can think of off the top are Campus Realty, Arch Realty, McKinley, Campus Management, and Wilson White). Here's the law school classifieds site, which only has a handful of listings: http://web.law.umich.edu/LawClassifieds ... r=SaleRent
While the landlords and realty companies generally take advantage of having a relatively captive population to rent to, you should be able to find some value if you look hard enough and lady luck is kind to you.