curious66 wrote:thanks this is helpful. I was accepted (much to my delight in November!) -- the "cold" is is the biggest concern for me at Michigan. How is Ann Arbor --everyone I talk to you insists that it is nothing like Detroit etc.
Ann Arbor is nothing like Detroit. I second pretty much everything AreJay said. I'm biased but A2 is a pretty god damn awesome place, and it's where I'll be hoping to setup shop permanently in the future. There's good reason it's been named as one of the best places to live in America.
Aside from the low COL compared to major cities, you still have a good variety of nightlife options, all kinds of awesome resturaunts, one of America's major art fairs in the summer, a solid music scene (Gil Gilberto recently played in the concert hall there for example), and the cream of the crop when it comes to college sports experiences if you're into that-football, basketball, hockey all have pretty great traditions. Detroit is also about 45 min away if you need to hop down to see some act/show/sporting event down there (Detroit obviously still has major issues, but the downtown/midtown/Greektown areas still have a lot to offer).
Obviously you're not going to have the glitz and glamor of a Manhattan in A2, but it has a helluva lot to offer and would recommend taking advantage of an ASW trip to see if it appreals to you.