The jump from living at home to living in the residence halls is a big one, and Housing staff are there to help with the transition. Just as big though is the leap from on-campus to off -- and the good news is that Student Life staff are also there for support.
The university's Beyond the Diag office is a one-stop shop for off-campus housing resources. Your student can search listings, post sublets for free, find roommates who are U-M students, and learn a little about the different neighborhoods in Ann Arbor.
While virtually all first-year students live on campus at Michigan, there's been a strong trend in the last few years in off-campus living for returners. One of the things that makes possible is Ann Arbor's very large and varied market for off-campus houses and apartments, and at this time of year there is still plenty of housing available in the near-to-campus area and beyond.
All of which means: while your student might be very eager to settle their housing plans for next fall, it's still wise (and highly recommended) for you and your student together to study the lease contract and really know what you're getting into. Of course, most people aren't experts in lease agreements, so it's a good thing you can rely on the university lawyers at Student Life's Student Legal Services. They offer a service, free for your student, to review everything in that contract before you sign.
Finally, look out for Off-Campus Housing Fairs: these are events where students can get face-to-face connections with landlords, speak with an Office of Financial Aid advisor, and learn about other Beyond the Diag resources (plus pizza and prizes).
We know: for parents and students alike, there's so much to know and navigate. Student Life staff are ready to help -- just ask!
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