Student Life


Whether students are leaving Ann Arbor during the Thanksgiving recess, or staying here, Student Life offers some information that may be helpful to you. 

If you are staying in Ann Arbor: 

Lock up!

Before you leave for the long weekend, secure your valuable items like computers, cameras, etc. and lock all doors and windows to your room, apartment or rental house.  Close window blinds and drapes, and don't leave valuables in sight.  You might consider taking portable electronics like laptops and iPads, jewelry, and other small valuables with you.  The majority of all thefts happen through unlocked doors and windows.

Don't turn off the heat

Close your windows and leave the heat on in your house or apartment at a level that will prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting.  This will help you protect your possessions and avoid a very nasty cleanup or worse when you return from the break.

Fire prevention

Turn off or unplug appliances, including coffee pots, computers, printers, copiers, and lights to avoid over-heating.  This also reduces electrical consumption.    

If you are leaving Ann Arbor for the holiday: 

Airbus to the airport

CSG offers Airbus service to students with frequent and comfortable rides to and from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport for $7 - $11.  For more information, visit, the CSG office, or the Michigan Union Ticket Office.

Dining on campus over break

All students staying in Ann Arbor over break can enjoy the Thanksgiving banquet at Hill Dining Center (Mosher-Jordan) on Thursday, November 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

  • Students without a meal plan may purchase Thanksgiving dinner with Blue Bucks/Dining Dollars ($13.00 +tax) or credit cards ($15.20 +tax) for a traditional, all-you-care-eat Thanksgiving Dinner. University buses will provide campus transportation for the event.  View the Thanksgiving Day meal and bus schedule.

Dining for students with meal plans, Blue Bucks or credit cards will be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hill Dining Center (Mosher-Jordan).  Meal hours are on the web at

The Michigan Union will be closed on Thursday, November 24, for the holiday, but will reopen Saturday, November 26th at 7 a.m. The  Michigan League and Pierpont Commons will be closed Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27. For more information, please see

Bus Service

U-M Bus Service will not run on November 24 and 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, except for special service for Thanksgiving dinner at Hill Dining Center.  Regular U-M bus service will resume Saturday, November 26. For the most up-to-date schedule visit U-M's Parking & Transportation website.

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will not operate fixed-route bus service on Thursday, November 24.  The AATA holiday schedule is available at

Campus security

University Police and Housing Security officers will continue to patrol buildings and residential halls during the break.  Students remaining on campus should call 763-1131 (or 911 from a campus phone) to reach the Department of Public Safety for crimes or safety concerns.

City information website

U-M students living on and off-campus will find information about Ann Arbor city services and regulations on the City of Ann Arbor website.

Have a safe, healthy and relaxing break!  Classes resume Monday, November 28.