I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
The e-TrueBlue Alumni Association has a great feature (LINK) Madonna Slept Here that provides Ann Arbor addresses for famous alumni. It's broken down into:
Performing Artists, and
Gerald Ford? 908 Monroe St.
Arthur Miller? 439 S. Division
Tom Harmon? 602 Monroe St.
So, board members - have you shared an address with a famous Wolverine? Tell us in the comments!
Background: Recently my fiancé accepted a spot in a Master's program at U of M starting this fall, which means we're leaving St. Louis and moving to Ann Arbor! While I grew up nearby, I've never actually lived in Ann Arbor so I don't really know what to expect. I've been stressing out the last few days trying to figure out housing and work stuff from afar, when I realized the MGoBoard could probably help point me in the right direction on a few things.
Housing: This is where I'm struggling the most right now. Since I can't see any places myself, I'm basically relying on Google+ reviews of various complexes to determine if they're livable. It's also difficult because I can't drive around neighborhoods I like looking for "For Rent" signs, and I don't really know any of the realty companies in the area. If anyone here knows of any good apartment complexes that aren't too expensive, I'd love to hear about them. Better yet, it you know of a realty company that rents a lot of units in the downtown/campus area, or on the West side of town, I'd really like find out.
Work: I've still got a little time to figure this out, but I'm starting now because doing a job hunt in a small city from 8 hours away is probably not going to be fun. I'm a web developer, so I'm not too worried about being able to find something, but I have a job I really enjoy now, so I'd like to be able to find something like that again. I don't really know what the programming/development situation is in Ann Arbor, so if anyone has some insight on that I'd appreciate it. Are there any web development consulting companies based in Ann Arbor? What about just general programming/development consulting firms?
Other: Is there anything else I should be aware of or look for? Any good online resources to get familiar with the city, or just general advice you may have accumulated over your time in Ann Arbor? I'd appreciate anything you can give me.
Thanks for your help, and I look forward to going to a Michigan hockey game for the first time in probably 10 years. Go Blue!
I just wanted to thank everyone who's contributed here. I got pulled into a couple of unexpected meetings so I wasn't able to follow this thread much in the last couple of hours, but I really appreciate all the help and advice. There's been more than a few useful suggestions that I'm certainly going to use in this moving process. Thanks again, you guys are great.
As this is Michigan's big football recruiting weekend, I thought it might be worth starting a thread for our own stories about what led us to choose UM for college or grad school.
For me, I remember that some high school classmates of mine had organized a trip to Ann Arbor on what turned out to be the day of the UM-Duke hoops final in 1991. There were maybe 30 of us from Saginaw, and we rode down in a school bus at the crack of dawn. We first met with someone who must have been an academic counselor or something of that nature, who gave us the typical UM-is-a-great-school spiel. Then I think we got a campus tour, and then we were on our own all day. There was definitely a special buzz in the air, with the Fab Five and all. But being from Saginaw, which is the type of place where everyone drives everywhere all the time, I immediately fell in love with the extremely walkable Ann Arbor and its incredible businesses like Jerusalem Garden (I had never seen a falafel before!) and Raja Rani (Indian food, what!?) and Stairway to Heaven (you mean it's legal to sell this stuff!). I'd visited a number of college campuses to that point (State, Alma, Northwestern), but UM was the one that felt like a truly special place. Eighteen months later, I was moving into South Quad.
What led you to "commit" to Michigan?
It seems like everyone has made it out OK. Anyone on the ground have any idea if it's been put out and/or what the damage is? Would hate to see kids in their first week back on campus forced to move out because of a fire (or Rick's to be shut down).