West of State

Residential Area and Removed from the College Scene
The West of State is an ideal neighborhood for shoppers, students, and families. It’s a quiet neighborhood yet close to the bustling downtown area so it's suitable if one is looking for entertainment or a night out. For dining, there are many choices catering to people who love a variety of food - like Westside Barbecue, Pacific Rim by Kana, Miki Japanese Restaurant, Madras Masala, and Conor O’Neill’s, an Irish pub with live music and fun events. For people looking for a restful break, there is the always quaint Wurster Park.

Renters should know this area is generally viewed as a relaxed neighborhood with its tree-lined streets and single family homes.
What West of State Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.3
value
7.8
amenities
5.2
social
7.0
management
7.5
Median rents in West of State
Studio
$
1,130
1 Bedroom
$
1,350
2 Bedroom
$
2,120

Living in
West of State

Close to Michigan Stadium
Residential
Quiet
Old West Side
Might Need a Car
10 Minute Walk to Campus
West of State — 8.3/10 Rating (based on 63 neighborhood reviews)
I love the Old West Side because it's a quieter neighborhood with parks, trees, single family homes, and neighborhood traditions like the Old West Side Home Tour and the Westside Art Hop. If you're trying to escape from undergrads, I'd highly recommend looking into the Old West Side.

I live at the edge of Old West Side (618 South Main), which is less than a 10 minute walk to the law school (a straight shot up Madison Ave). Although Old West Side doesn't have a lot of restaurants or bars, it's only a 7 minute walk to all of the downtown restaurants and bars. Old West Side is home to some of my favorite places: Washtenaw Dairy, Jefferson Market, and Argus Farm Stop. There's also plans to put in a new brewery on First Street.
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618 South Main
It's at the heart of the football tailgate area, which is either great if you want to tailgate or terrible if you want to study. Food options could be much better but there are a few decent choices along the walk from Ross to here when you pass State St. Walking to Ross takes 12 minutes at a normal pace.
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Brown Street Apartments
Everything is ~10 min walk away, but that's a good thing as it keeps the neighborhood rather quiet. The only annoyance is the train which goes by several times a day. It is not loud enough to wake me up, but it is loud enough to keep me up if I haven't completely fallen asleep yet.
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10
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618 South Main
It is a bit of a walk to Ross (12) but I don't mind it. There aren't a ton of restaurants close by, but the 7-11 and gas station have any little things you might need, and you can walk about 5-10 minutes to get to all of the great things on Main street/downtown.
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9
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618 South Main
The area is pretty residential. It's close to the Big House but not close to a lot of eateries. Downtown is 1 mile away so it's close but it's not close enough for something you want to pick up quickly. More eateries are closer to Ross, half a mile away. Overall, though, the neighborhood is great, not surrounded by a lot of fraternities (only one) so the noise is minimal.
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9
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133 Hill Street
Great for walking dogs, with sidewalks everywhere. I also feel very safe in my neighborhood and have walked to/from home late at night. It's close to some downtown restaurants but relatively far from places like Skeeps.
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8
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618 South Main
The Yard's specific location isn't bad. It's a 20 minute (or less) walk from downtown, Ross, The Big House, and the IM. It shares problems with most of the neighborhoods close to campus though in that there is no walk-able access to grocery stores or really stores of any kind, and also very little convenient parking. The Yard has indoor spots for $200 per month, so I would factor that in and plan on using your car if you like to cook your own meals and meal prep.
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The Yard
The neighborhood is very family friendly. The famous Washtenaw Diary is right next door -- just be careful not to over-do it.
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618 South Main
Not a lot of good restaurant/bar options in the immediate area...much more residential. But its only a 10 min walk to downtown.
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9
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618 South Main
Very family friendly and walkable!
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7
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618 South Main
Close to both Ross, downtown and the football stadium. Many Ross grad students live in this area.
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8
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The Yard
The building is in the middle of downtown, and close to lots of bars and restaurants. It is close enough to the heart of the activity, but far enough that I don't hear any noise.
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8
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618 South Main
Could be more food options but it's a close walk to downtown.
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7
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The Yard
The apartment is directly across from a great bakery/coffee shop, a liquor store, and has three cheap pizza places within a 2 minute walk.
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8
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618 Packard St
The neighborhood is near the stadium and is a mix of apartment complexes and houses.
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618 South Main
Perfect location for students: located on central campus, walking distance to downtown and Big House. No grocery store in walking distance so need a car or roommates/friends with cars. New train tracks so train can often be very loud as it passes by several times per week.
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8
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133 Hill Street
Immediate neighborhood lacking, but very close to main street
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9
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618 South Main
Living off S. Main is great. No issues with safety and incredibly convenient: close to campus, downtown, and a short drive to multiple grocery stores. No noise issues, most of the people living nearby are grad students or older.
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8
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Nob Hill
15 minute walk to Ross, up and coming area.
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8
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618 South Main
Not as much walkable food, convenient location by 7-11, and also easy to get in or out of town. Walkable to ross, main st, the bus and the stadium, can't complain
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8
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618 South Main
There are a lot of MBAs in the area which makes it a fun area. In addition, we have not had any issues with safety in our neighborhood.
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9
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Brown Street Apartments
I'm about a 10-15 minute walk from the main commercial areas on State St and Main St, and about the same from the Ross building.
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8
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Brown Street Apartments
There are a lot of other Rossers who live nearby, and we're right by the Bus and the stadium which is great for tailgating.
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8
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Brown Street Apartments
Lots of students. A bit further from restaurants and grocery stores. Wish I had a car and would really like my situation.
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7
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507 Hill
Close to CCRB gym, 10-15 minutes to Ross, and 10 minutes to Main Street restaurants and bars.
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9
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133 Hill Street
Lots of other MBAs in the area, close to the BUS and the stadium, pretty quiet otherwise
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8
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Brown Street Apartments
Close to things - still surrounded by MBAs but outside of most undergrad territory.
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10
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Brown Street Apartments
Close to S Main street, downtown and some great restaurants/pubs.
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6
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Brown Street Apartments
Close enough to everything I need without being too crazy!
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8
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507 Hill
neighborhood is good so far
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8
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Brown Street Apartments
great neighborhood that is very pet friendly.
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7
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110 Hill St
A lot of Rossers in the neighborhood
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8
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Brown Street Apartments
~16 min walk to Ross
~10min walk to downtown
mix of families, grad students, and undergrads in the area
charming neighborhood, close to the football stadium
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8
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618 South Main
Pretty social area as a ton of MBAs live around Hill/Main and it is close to the Bus/stadium, which is great for game days. A 10-15 minute walk to Ross and 10-20 minute walk to downtown AA. However, not much in terms of restaurants, bars, shops, fast food etc. that is in immediate area.
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9
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133 Hill Street
Super close to downtown, ~5 minute walk. Also about a 15 minute walk to campus,
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8
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The Yard
It is among the most convenient places to get to the football and basketball games. Very close walk which is incredibly convenient. There aren’t a ton of food options here, but town is just a 5-7 walk away. It’s a also a reasonably quick walk to Ross.
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9
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618 South Main
A little further away than I would like (12 minute walk to Ross) but by a lot of other MBA students and very quick to the stadium, the bus, and to downtown.
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7
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Brown Street Apartments
Primarily residential area that is near the stadium. I walk to other parts of Ann Arbor when I am looking to go out.
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8
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Brown Street Apartments
Close enough to both Ross and downtown Ann Arbor with lots of other MBAs living in this area.
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8
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133 Hill Street
The neighborhood is fine. With exception to the house next door's property management who often parks in our driveway on game days. Other than that, everyone's friendly. I've walked home alone at 1 and 2 in the morning without any issues (as a female this was a bonus for me).
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8
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133 Hill Street
Nothing special. Right next to another big apartment (618 South Main) so easy to meet people or join a party.
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6
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The Yard
Safe and nice.
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8
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The Yard
Great location - close to the stadium, 12 minute walk to Ross, close to other graduate students.
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10
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Brown Street Apartments
Very quiet and peaceful
A little far from Ross but otherwise outstanding (15-20 min walking)
Not sure on pet friendliness - don't have one so never checked
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9
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Nob Hill
This is a residential neighborhood and feels calm and relaxing. You'll be far form the undergraduate "party" scene. Great location for game day!
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8
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618 South Main
A lot of Rossers living in these area. Close to all the areas we usually hang around. Staying here for my MBA2 year.
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10
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133 Hill Street
Quieter side of town. The main downside is that there are limited street lights.
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10
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Brown Street Apartments
Great location! Close to downtown and to campus, not frat houses around.
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10
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133 Hill Street
Walkable and tons of other grad students in the area.
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8
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House
Only downside is that the train rails are close and when the trains passes by, it can get noisy. However, its not everyday and when it happens its just once per day.. Also, after a while I have just learned to ignore the noise.
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618 South Main
We live in a food desert.
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5
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The Yard
Just south of downtown. Easy walk to campus down Hill or Madison. Safe. Close to restaurants and bars. Do need to drive to the grocery stores though.
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10
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618 South Main
Graduate neighborhood. Relatively quiet except for when the train comes through, which can be really loud. It's also near the Bus.
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7
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Brown Street Apartments
There's not a ton directly around other than 711, however, we're a 5 minute walk from downtown and a 12 minute walk from Ross.
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8
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618 South Main
The neighborhood is quiet, but there are not a lot of restaurants within walking distance of the building (during winter).
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7
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618 South Main
Great location near the Stadium, easy to walk up Main Street to downtown or just up Hill (~15 minutes) to school.
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7
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Brown Street Apartments
Safe, can be loud at times, the train comes very close to the house and is noisy at times.
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10
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133 Hill Street
Quiet and a bit sleepy, but a short walk to both campus and downtown. Hard to beat.
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8
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618 South Main
10-15 minute walk to downtown and campus, though in the winter it feels longer :)
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9
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618 South Main
Close to business school & downtown (10 - 15 min walk)
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726 S. Main St.
Its really safe and close to downtown
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618 South Main
safe
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8
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828 Greene St
Close to Ross, location of The Bus.
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8
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133 Hill Street


Getting to Know
West of State

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: S Slater St to 5th St
North to South Boundaries: W Madison St to Pauline Blvd
dining
By the Pound
Mr. Spots
fitness
Dusty Clubs
coffee
Pastry Peddler Bakery & Cafe
bus
5 (bus)

Best Apartments
in West of State


Studio $1,650
1 Bed $1,950
2 Beds $2,500

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6 Beds $5,562
7 Beds $6,132

1 Bed $765

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6 Beds $4,620

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1 Bed $883
2 Beds $1,022

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