Student Life

Pictured rocks in Upper Peninsula

If you are staying in town this spring or summer to take a few classes, work, participate in an internship, prepare for a graduate school oral exam or continue working on a dissertation, living in Ann Arbor during the summer can be challenging time for a variety of reasons. If many of your friends and roommates are gone for the summer you may:

  • find yourself fighting boredom or loneliness
  • experience increased stress as you must meet graduate school deadlines
  • find the fast pace of spring/summer classes stressful
  • find yourself with your evenings free after a day of work and may not know how to fill your time.

Whatever your circumstances, you are invited to take a look at the list below as a starting place for you to thinking about how you might actually enjoy your time the spring/summer. You are encouraged to come up with other ideas on your own that best suit your interests and needs to help make this a summer to remember in Ann Arbor!

  • Utilize the Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB) or the North Campus Recreation Building (NCRB) as it will not crowded during this time of year
  • Explore the beautiful University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Volunteer for: Habitat for Humanity projects, providing meals for the homeless, walking dogs at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, become a Big Brother-Big Sister, coach a little league baseball team or other sport….the choices are limitless!
  • Enjoy some of the wonderful parks or other nature spots in the area as a new place to take that laptop and work on a dissertation or to read those pages you need to finish, or just to ride your bike, have a picnic with friends, or take a walk.
  • Try out the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum, the near-by Huron Mills or Delhi Metro Parks
  • Check out intramural or Ann Arbor sports teams that might need members
  • Take a long weekend and explore Lake Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Tahquamenon Falls, Traverse City, Mackinaw Island and/or other parts of the Upper Peninsula.
  • Hang out at the 54th Annual Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, July 17-20  http://www.artfair.org/
  • Take a day trip to Frankenmuth (and enjoy a famous chicken dinner); The Detroit Institute of Arts; The Holocaust Memorial Center in W. Bloomfield, The Charles Wright African American Museum in Detroit; The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn; Eastern Market; to a baseball game at Comerica Park and/or take a ride across the border and visit Canada.