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Low-Rise Apartment
North Campus, 1099 Maiden Ln | Ann Arbor
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  •  Air Conditioning
  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Doorman Building
  •  Elevators
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Surface Parking Lot
  •  Swimming Pool

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6.6
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21 Reviews

About this Location

Fuller Park
2 min walk
3 (bus) - 4 min
23/63 (bus) - 1 min
In a quiet
neighborhood

Pricing 

Studio, 1 Bath
$895+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$990+
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
$1,180+
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Included

    •  Gas Included
    •  Heat Included
    •  Water Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Ceiling Fans
    •  Hardwood Floors
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Surface Parking Lot
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Swimming Pool
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Overall rating 6.6/10, based on 21 renter reviews

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Comfortable apt, not amazing, not awful

If you are looking to live in the White Coat Area in a 1 bedroom apt, Island Drive is the most affordable (however I still think it's overpriced - but - that's most of Ann Arbor). Parking is great, with spaces right in front of your building (HUGE plus for Ann Arbor), and I've never had a problem not finding a spot during any time of the day. The buildings are a bit older so you have to lower your expectations a bit if you are comparing these apartments to some of the newer built high-rises downtown. Everything works great for the most part, and maintenance has been very helpful if I submit a request. It's very close to the med school/hospital (10-15 minute walk), but walking downtown to central campus is a bit of a hike. Some downsides are the relatively thin walls and floors (I can hear neighbors talking, walking above me, etc however this isn't in an undergraduate area so there haven't been issues with loud parties or things like that). Overall I like living here and am staying for the next year.

**One tip I would like to share: for some odd reason, the management company for Island Drive does their application process differently than practically every other place I've lived in AA. When you apply, you give your PREFERENCE on apt layout (1 Bd/2bd, which floor you want) and location (front of complex, back, which building), and after you sign all the paperwork and pay your deposit, you then get ASSIGNED a unit on your move in day. This did not sit well with me because I wanted to view and sign for the specific apartment I would be living in (which practically every other management company usually does). After some back and forth with management (who were very nice and polite through the whole thing), they finally did allow me to sign the paperwork for the specific unit I would get. I don't know why they do it this way, so if this is something that bothers you, take that into consideration when deciding.

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No frills, but comfortable & close to campus

Island Drive Apartments offers just what you need within walking distance to the hospital and medical school campus. While the units are outdated and on the smaller side, with a little bit of elbow grease you can personalize it and make it comfortable/cute! My only complaints about the complex is we aren't allowed dogs (cats only- and for a monthly fee), there isn't a gym (although management has been working on one for the past six months), there's no covered parking (so get a shovel & ice scraper), and I never trust maintenance to do as thorough as a job as I think is necessary (although they're quick to respond & will come on the weekends if needed). I like that it's affordable, convenient, and comfortable enough. But after living here for three years, I am admittedly ready to move.

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some of the fixtures are aging, but the maintenance crew is fairly responsive.

Nice management team. affordable rent. close to the hospital!! I am overall satisfied with this place.
The "gym" is not sufficient for my needs, though. it is a converted apartment, and it lacks ventilation.

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Island Drive Apartments

It is great mostly because of location- it is a 5 minute walk to the hospital. Other than that, it has what you need and is very basic. No dishwasher.

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Easy, homey, and affordable

I have lived with the same roommate in a 2-bedroom apartment in Island Drive for all four years of medical school. Our 750 square foot apartment has plenty of space and is cozy and homey. It is by no means glamorous, but we have painted and decorated and made the space our own. Downsides are that there is no dishwasher, but it really is not much of an issue as we don't make lots of dishes and they are easy to clean on our own. Perfect location relative to the hospitals and medical school and impossible to find a better price for what we're getting. Quiet neighborhood and very easily accessible from all areas of Ann Arbor.

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Island drive

The apartments are old, so there are sometime problems with needing maintenance; however the maintenance people are always very helpful and relatively prompt. The location of the apartment is awesome for working in/around the hospital and it is nice not to have to worry about parking for myself and any visitors.

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Great option in the city of Ann Arbor, but may be a let down in comparison to other cities

I live nearly as close to the hospital as you can from that direction. I love having my own place. It has nice new carpeting. Older kitchen supplies, and not the best water pressure, but a good fit nonetheless. The pool is nice in the summer time and as a medical student I will be around and get to enjoy it. Allows cats! There have been those stinkbugs (that are everywhere in ann arbor in the fall) and the management sprayed my windows. Very quiet!

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Good Enough For Me

No complaints. It's a perfectly adequate apartment -- nothing fancy, but also on the cheap side. The management is also fairly quick to respond, which is helpful.

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Third Floor Island Drive

No bells and whistles, but has been a comfortable place to live for the past 4 years within easy walking distance of the hospital.

Pro's: third floor ensures it is well-heated in the winter (you cannot control the heat), AC unit in the family room, good amount of space for 2 people, free parking, great location for a med student, very quiet neighborhood, great running trails nearby, grocery store is a 10 min drive, pretty responsive maintenance team.

Con's: older appliances, not a ton of counter-space, pay extra for pets, parking is not covered, no dishwasher and laundry is costs $3 per load for units in the basement that only accept quarters, snow removal service is mediocre, no ability to compost.

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Dated but located ideally

Island Drive Apartments are definitely dated and old. However, they have all the necessary amenities to survive medical school. Due to their location near the medical center, their price cannot be beat.

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Getting around

3 (bus)

4 min

CS/NES (bus)

7 min

23/63 (bus)

1 min

CN (bus)

6 min

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