It’s the middle of the summer and you cannot wait to start your journey at U-M this fall. You’ve gone to orientation, planned your classes, and just about packed your bags. The only thing you’re waiting on is your housing assignment! Finally, you check your inbox and there it is, “URGENT- Housing Contract Available.” You drop everything and rush online to see where you’ve been placed. For many of you, that contract puts you on North Campus in either Bursley, Baits II, or Northwood. Maybe you’re an engineering major, or enrolled in the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance and are relieved that you won’t have to bus to all your classes. Or maybe you don’t know much at all about North Campus and are a little nervous. For those of you wanting to learn more about the beautiful, picturesque spaces of North Campus, look no further. We present to you our helpful guide on how to make the most of your time on North Campus.
You’re going to make lifelong friends and lasting memories during your time here at the University, and North Campus living is a great way to do that. Given the proximity of students in Bursely or Baits, be sure to make friends on your hall and throughout the buildings. Once those winter months hit, Central Campus friends will be a little harder to reach when trekking through snow and ice. That’s not to say only talk to those around you, but there’s a special sort of comradery possible when you’re holed up in a building during the white winters of Ann Arbor! Regardless of what your passions are, having others near you to share in them is a great feeling and can really help when transitioning into college.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Something you’re not likely to find much on Central Campus are rolling hills and untouched forests, but thankfully North Campus is full of them. There are miles of running/biking trails and these scenic routes can be great for a workout or a getaway. Wildlife is abundant, and taking some time to enjoy the outdoors (especially when the weather is warm!), can be a great way to recharge or relax. And when the snow does start falling, these make some great sledding hills!
Become a Blue Bus Master
Blue Buses, the University’s bus system, are free to all students and an absolute must when living on North Campus. Whether you’re heading down to Central Campus for class, or are decked out in maize and blue for a Saturday football game, being familiar with the bus routes is a priceless skill and the quicker you learn them the better! Thankfully, the official U-M App has you covered. You can view routes, track buses, and ensure you’ll be traversing campus like a pro in no time. Although there are many options available, ‘Bursley-Baits’ will be your best friend as it quickly takes you from just behind Bursley Hall on Hubbard Rd. to the Central Campus Transit Center.
Fulfill your cravings at Pierpont Commons
Your room/board contract comes complete with a wonderful unlimited meal plan, redeemable at all University dining halls. But sometimes you’ll have a certain craving or want to treat yourself to a special meal. Or maybe it’s more convenient between classes. Pierpont Commons is the place to go for delicious, convenient food. With half a dozen restaurants and rotating local vendors, there is sure to be something for everyone. Asian inspiration from Panda Express or Hibachi-San? Check. A Mediterranean urge for Ahmo’s Gyros & Deli? We’ve got you covered. In addition to these restaurants, Pierpont Commons also houses University-owned eateries including Fireside Cafe, Fireside Roast, and Blue Cafe and Market. Best of all, any restaurant within one of the University Unions takes cash, card, Blue Bucks or Dining Dollars, your campus currency! Stay up to date on the latest offerings and check current hours here!
Check out University resources around Campus
There are numerous campus resources available to all students, and some specifically for North Campus. Each dorm has several common areas and study spaces, including a multicultural lounge focused on promoting inclusivity and diversity throughout campus. In the basement of Pierpont Commons you’ll find the Wellness Zone, hosted by CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), fit with massage chairs, meditation tools, light therapy, and more! Drop in hours occur throughout the week and it’s perfect if you want some time for yourself or need a break from the stresses of class. Looking for some new tech to help get you through the semester? Pierpont is also home to the Computer Showcase and Barnes & Noble, both ideal places to stock up on school supplies before the new semester. There are so many more opportunities for students on North Campus, but to find the ones that best fit you, you’ll just have to try them all!