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South University, 715 S Forest Ave | Ann Arbor
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  •  Air Conditioning
  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Controlled Access
  •  Elevators
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Parking Garage  
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances

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7.1
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36 Reviews

About this Location

Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby
In a quiet
neighborhood
4 (bus) - 5 min
5 (bus) - 14 min
Nichols Arboretum
14 min walk

Pricing 

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,195+
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Kitchen

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

    •  Building Laundry Room
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Hardwood Floors
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Garage  
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  Controlled Access
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Overall rating 7.1/10, based on 36 renter reviews

9.6
Location
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4.7
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Value
8.1
Social
8.1
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Forest Plaza Apartments reviews and highlights

  • difficult to secure a parking spot
  • great location near many bars and restaurants
  • some maintenance issues as an older building, though maintenance staff is friendly
  • lots of closet space
  • an older building with charm
  • small kitchen
  • unhelpful management
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Serves its purpose

The building is old (1920), because of that it comes with complications, it requires more mainteninance.
Maintainance people is responsive but you have to be really detailed on you requirements.
I got an urgent requirement on Thanksgiving and it was fixed in less than an hour.

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  • Studio / 1 bath
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Close to Ross, but that's about it

The apartment is just two blocks from Ross which is amazing! The building is pretty old and was built in the 1920s. It doesn't have air conditioning, but heat is not a problem. It is also almost completely full (+80%) of grad students. However, there are only 2 washers/dryers for 60 units and neither of them work consistently or particularly well (despite regular maintenance requests).

There are also crows that roost several times throughout the year that requires you to take your car to the car wash. Management is not very responsive.

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  • 1 bed / 1 bath
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Abov average

Even though it is an old building, it is conveniently close to Ross. Some minor problems with heating and water system occur eventually, but it is great in terms of price/quality.

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Good apartment moderately maintained

Great apartment with great location. Very central. Moderately maintained.

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  • Studio / 1 bath
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Great location

Forest Plaza is affordable and very close to Ross - which is what I wanted. It is an older building with no AC and radiators but overall I'm happy with it. The management company could be more proactive with maintenance.

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  • Studio / 1 bath
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Lots of Ross/Erb students

Great one-bedroom apartments of different sizes, ideal for either single persons or a couple. 5 minutes from Ross, so it's a great location if you want to minimize your commute. Lots of MBA students live here, so there's a great community.

The downsides are proximity to frats and sororities, carpeting (I don't like carpets in general!), limited washers and driers for the whole building (only two), the apartments are old so sometimes things happen that are very unfavorable (pipe burst, etc.) Management has been responsive to work orders, when I need something fixed, but they don't go above and beyond (e.g. took months for them to renew the elevator certificate, and the washers/driers should be replaced by new ones since they always cause problems).

However, I haven't had any serious issues in the two years I've been here, and I'm happy to live here since I have friends in this building and I'm close to school. Also, the rent is lower than in luxury apts in this area.

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Forest Plaza : Studio Apartment Review

This apartment is close to Ross (~5 min walk) and the management only rents to MBA students which is nice. However, this is a very old building and does not have any amenities (A/C, dishwasher) and the washers/dryers in the basement are constantly broken. Overall, I feel like the price and location were what sold me on this apartment.

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So close to Ross, tons of MBAs, makes up for the maintenance issues

Forest Plaza apartments are large. They are fine, aesthetically. Overall, I think it's a great place to live.

The bad: It's an old building so there are a decent number of maintenance issues that pop up (mostly the washer-dryers are finicky, some leaks from time to time with the old pipes).

The good: That said, it's a 60-unit apartment building with probably 35+ MBAs and that sense of community is really nice. It's also so close to Ross (5 minute walk) that I come home for lunch or to change into a suit for coffee chats, interviews, etc.

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Great location, terrible management

Forest Plaza is an old 1920s building with lots of "charm" that is home to mostly graduate students. The building is entirely one-bedroom apartments or studios, five floors with about 13 units per floor, 2 washer/dryers on the first floor, and a passenger elevator and freight elevator. Since the building is old, do not expect granite countertops and other nice features. Each apartment is different in terms of upgrades--some have been updated, others not. However, all units have new windows. There is no central A/C, so window units are relied upon in bedrooms during the summer months but the radiators keep it very warm in the winter.
The management is rude and not considerate or thoughtful of their tenants. However, the maintenance team does respond promptly to logged issues.

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Forest Plaza Apt

Pros:
Really close to Ross / restaurants/ bars
Other MBA's in the building
Cheap rent compared to other places

Cons:
Unfurnished
Old Building

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The Neighborhood

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22 Recommendations

The Chop House
Prickly Pear Southwest Cafe
Angelo’s Restaurant
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Nichols Arboretum
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Bubble Island
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Getting around

4 (bus)

5 min

62 (bus)

9 min

5 (bus)

14 min

63 (bus)

9 min

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