Navigating Campus Life


U-M Apps

Stay connected to U-M with the official University of Michigan app. News, events, locations, class resources, and more are at your fingertips. Look up a person or bus route, find an available computer lab, and see what’s on the menu at your favorite dining hall.

Acronym Decoder

Acronyms and abbreviations abound at U-M, puzzling newcomers and long-timers alike. This website will help you translate campus acronyms into real words.


Next to acronyms, the second-most popular word puzzle at U-M seems to be nicknames for everything from buildings and parts of buildings to geographic points of interest. This site explains that the Pringle is not for eating but you can eat, rather than climb, on the Hill and more.


Parking & Transportation

Getting around campus is easy, but parking is not. This site provides links to information on available options. (Thanks to Veterans and Military Services.)

Magic Bus

Magic Bus is a real-time app that tracks U-M’s inter- and intra-campus buses. Originally developed by students at the College of Engineering, Magic Bus enables riders to accurately determine where their bus is on the route at any time. (Download the mobile app here.)


University Housing

University Housing helps provide housing for the approximately 10,000 undergraduate students on the U-M campus. There are 18 residence halls and 1,480 apartments on campus, and a number of off-campus housing options. One housing option for first-year students who identify as first generation is the 1st Gen Theme Community. More than 600 full-time staff and 2,000 part-time student employees sustain the wide range of facilities, services and programs that support the needs of these residential communities.

Munger Graduate Residences

The most recently constructed on-campus residence, Munger opened in 2015. Designed specifically for graduate and professional-level students from all U-M schools and colleges, to foster a transdisciplinary community where students live and exchange ideas together, the Munger Residences was made possible by a generous gift from U-M alum Charles T. Munger.

Beyond the Diag – Off-Campus Housing

Beyond the Diag is UM’s Off-Campus Housing Program. Beyond the Diag helps improve the off-campus living experience by providing a monthly e-newsletter, events for community building, online and in person resources to support the housing search, and renter education.

The core work of Beyond the Diag includes:

  • Outreach, Education, & Community Building
  • Off-Campus Housing Listing Service
  • Off-Campus Student Assistance


Computer Showcase

With two locations (in the Union on Central Campus and Pierpont Commons on North Campus), Computer Showcase offers a wide range of hardware and software for U-M students, faculty and staff, most at special educational-discount prices. They also handle computer maintenance and repair.

IT Computing Sites

The U-M offers many computing and information technology services designed to ensure students’ academic success. The ITS Student Computing website includes handy links and resources that will facilitate computing, including help with residence hall connections, Wolverine Access, adaptive technology and much more.

IT Resouces for Students

Conflicts & Concerns

Office of the Ombuds

The Ombuds office is a place where students can go to discuss questions, complaints and concerns about the functioning of the University in a safe and confidential environment. They offer informal dispute resolution services, provide resources and referrals and help students consider options available to them. The Office operates independently as a supplement to existing administrative and formal dispute resolution processes and has no formal decision-making authority, nor is it an advocate for either side in a dispute.

Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR)

OSCR promotes a safe and scholarly community in which students navigate conflict in a peaceful and socially just manner. The Office offers a spectrum of conflict resolution pathways that are educationally focused, student-driven, community owned and restorative in nature, and which are adaptable to meet the needs of individuals experiencing conflict. OSCR also publishes the “Statement of Student Rights & Responsibilities,” which is available in print and digital formats.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office promotes student development and enhances students’ Michigan experience through programs, services, partnerships/connections, and policy development that promotes an inclusive campus climate and facilitates the successful navigation of campus life. Utilizing an educational, social justice orientation, the Dean of Students Office contributes to students’ individual development, promotes self-authorship, and facilitates a safe, vibrant, inclusive, healthy and resilient University of Michigan community through four core areas of work:

  • Promote a safe, respectful, healthy and inclusive campus community
  • Enhance students’ Michigan experience
  • Provide support services and manage critical incidents impacting students and the campus community
  • Respond to emerging needs within the student population

Reporting Incidents

U-M students, faculty, and staff may report bias incidents or hate crimes online via the “Expect Respect” website. Incidents may also be reported directly to U-M’s Department of Public Safety & Security at 734-763-1131, or the Ann Arbor Police at 734-994-2911. If you are not sure what to report or if you have experienced a hate crime and would like to discuss the incident, please call 734-615-BIAS (2427).

Family Resources

Child Care Subsidy

Students who have young, dependent children in child care may be eligible for this program, which provides funds to assist students with the cost of child care licensed by the state of Michigan.

Children’s Centers

U-M offers several options for the children of students, faculty and staff. You can search for childcare centers by location, age or schedule, on the “Find a Center” page of the site. There are also numerous childcare options in the city of Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Observer’s website lists them by full-time and part-time options.

K-12 Education

Ann Arbor is well-known for its high-quality public schools. Read about the schools, magnet programs, academics and more, on the Ann Arbor Public Schools website. Our town also boasts excellent private and charter schools. See the Ann Arbor Observer online for information on private schools and charter schools.

Michigan Parents Website

Sending a student to college is a major life event for parents and families too. Help your student make the most of the Michigan years with the useful information on the site about campus life, orientation schedules, packing lists, news and events and informational resources. The website also contains a calendar and handbook especially for parents. New students should also visit the “What to Expect Freshman Year” page, which contains valuable information for students.