Parents and Families

How Students Get Involved on Campus

With 1,400+ student organizations and countless research, community engagement, and employment opportunities, U-M truly has something for everyone. But that can be overwhelming - where does one begin?




Your Student's First Year

You want your student to get the best possible start to their first year. How will they navigate the many "first time" experiences they're about to have?

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Inclusive Campus: Student Life Resources

In this ongoing feature, we provide information about Student Life programs, services, and spaces designed for your student's identity-related needs and interests.


Our Time with Your Student

Students are looking forward to Thanksgiving break. For most, it's time to reconnect with families and friends. And for those who do not leave Ann Arbor during the holiday, there is at least the promise to enjoy some time to relax and refresh.

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Take the Stress Out of Move-In

Even if it's not officially marked, Move-In is one of the biggest days on the calendar, for your family, your students, and the staff of Student Life alike. If you've done it before, you've had a glimpse of just how much happens over a few days, as the streets of Ann Arbor fill with students, parents, and beanbag chairs, crisscrossing town. If this year will be your first, you're probably deep into planning and wondering if there are any tricks.


When Your Student Asks About Housing for Next Year…

Your student is likely already thinking about housing next year. Off-campus properties have begun marketing to students to commit to leases for next fall.  University Housing contracts will be available in January.  Costs, leases, location, safety and support are important factors to take into consideration.  Here are some points to help you discuss housing plans with your student.

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Where to live next year... what's the rush?

Soon your student will be talking about living arrangements for next year. It’s a Michigan tradition, in the fall college friends (who may have only known each other for a few months) begin planning where they want to live nine months from now. What’s the rush? Well, off-campus apartment and rental property owners are marketing their student housing, and there is a long-held – and misleading – perception that all the good places to live off-campus are signed early. 


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