It’s great to know that Niche.com, a website that provides information about neighborhoods and school in the United States, places Ann Arbor is the best city to live according to. Based on the study, Ann Arbor performed excellent grade for all aspects, except for weather (which is very unpredictable here).
Anyway, at least we know from the study that Ann Arbor provides a good environment for families, high quality of public schools, health and fitness, house and relatively low crime level. You can check this information from the MLive publication here.
- Maintaining study-life balance
Ilham Variansyah is a Ph.D. student in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department, University of Michigan. Living with his spouse and a toddler forces him to maintain a good balance between his study, research work, social and family life.
A good time management is a key to Ilham’s life as a student, research assistant, and husband and father in his family. Even though Ilham love to do last minute work, but he realized it’s not always a good option. Working efficiently on workdays is the best thing to finish each of his school and research work. Then, he will have a full family time on the weekend as he doesn’t need to work at that time.
- Choosing a family-friendly apartment
Gatot Arif Triaji, an Indonesian Master Student in Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, had generously shared his experience living here with his spouse and two children. Gatot is living in Northwood V apartment, an on-campus housing provided by the university for graduate students.
Living in Northwood Housing is the best option for Gatot and his families to live in Ann Arbor. Northwood apartment is relatively affordable compared to other housing around campus. Also, it provides a suitable neighborhood for children as it also has playground facilities near the housing.
Unfortunately, on-campus housings provided by the university are very limited. Don’t worry. For you who are not lucky enough to get an on-campus housing, we’ve already listed other options for housing here.
- Having car is recommended
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are known to provide one of the best public transportation in the country. However, for you living with family, a weekly groceries shopping can be a nightmare as you may bring stuff twice or thrice as much as those of single students.
Moreover, having little ones means you have to schedule fun activities or trips each weekend. It probably means that you need to go more than just in Ann Arbor.
- Recreation and family activities
Below are some lists of recommended places for family recreation around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti:
- Ann Arbor Parks: a2gov.org
- U of M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum: https://mbgna.umich.edu/
- Metro Parks (outside Ann Arbor): http://www.metroparks.com
- U of M Recreational Sports: recsports.umich.edu
- Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum: aahom.org
- U of M Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
- Leslie Science Center: lesliesnc.org
- Domino’s Farms Petting Farm: pettingfarm.com
Ann Arbor Playgrounds: County Farm Park, Fuller Park, Gallup Park