South University

Couldn't be Closer to Campus
Located south of the University of Michigan, the South University neighborhood offers plenty to do. Since it's only a short walk from the Central Campus Transit Center, residents here are close to both the university and the vibrant Ann Arbor nightlife. The neighborhood is bustling with bars, restaurants, cafes, and more. For a morning or afternoon refreshment, one popular cafe fits the bill - Revive, a casual American cafe for anyone looking to hang out while also enjoying delicious comfort food. For restaurants and bars in the neighborhood, Oasis grill lies right on South University avenue and serves Mediterranean cuisine. One Bowl Asian Cuisine is another classic spot offering noodle soups, curries, and Korean food.

Residents here enjoy the area because it allows you to live as close to campus as possible. No matter what you're doing on campus, you will have a super quick commute.
What South University Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.0
value
7.0
amenities
5.4
social
6.5
management
7.0
Median rents in South University
Studio
$
940
1 Bedroom
$
1,190
2 Bedroom
$
1,930

Living in
South University

Close to Campus
Tons of Restaurants/Bars
15 Minutes to Downtown
Vibrant
Walk-Able
Central Campus Transit Center
South University — 8.4/10 Rating (based on 31 neighborhood reviews)
The building is only a three to five minute walk to the law school. It's a short walk to Starbucks, Jimmy Johns, and Pancheros, as well as bars like Blue Lep, the Brown Jug and Pinball Pete's. The bars can get noisy Thursday-Saturday but overall it's not been a problem. The building is right on the corner of central campus, so it's a short walk to the downtown area. This is a great neighborhood to live in if you're looking for convenience. The one major downside is that there isn't a grocery store in walking distance.
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Six11
The neighborhood is very student oriented, with good bars and restaurants. The night life is a little more undergrad oriented, but still good variety of options. Ubers and Lyfts are always around, never have to wait long. Always feel pretty safe in the neighborhood as well as there are always people around and it's well lit. And again, super close to Ross so I can get to school in under 5 minutes.
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Sterling ArborBLU
The neighborhood is very close to Ross which makes it great on winter days. It's also close to state street restaurants and bars. There are a decent number of undergrads in the area in some of the apartment buildings as well as fraternities and sororities nearby. Typically that's not an issue though.
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Forest Plaza Apartments
The South U neighborhood is ideal for students due to its proximity to campus and social life. South Forest Avenue is just far enough to still be quiet without the loud frat parties or bar crawls.
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Easy access to South U; Ross is a 6 minute walk; the Arb/IMSB/CCRD are an easy jog away. Location is FANTASTIC.
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8
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Forest Plaza Apartments
I do not socialize much with the rest of the neighborhood, predominately because it is all undergraduate fraternity and sorority housing. However, it is a fun neighborhood and is close to school and South University.
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7
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Close to Ross, and not far from the bars and restaurants, it's a great location.
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8
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Sterling ArborBLU
Very close to Ross and restaurants around the campus
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9
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Six11
Next to school, easy to get downtown/bar scene (10 minute walk). Not a ton of food options close by.
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9
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Sterling ArborBLU
South U is close to Ross which is great, but for bars/restaurants/social life I go downtown.
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Great location for school. Unfortunately, it is amongst sororities and fraternities. I have not found it to be a problem except in the late summer when fraternity recruiting is happening.
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Forest Plaza Apartments
It's close to some restaurants but it's mainly undergrads - it's about a 15 min walk to most places Rossers tend to hang out at
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9
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Overall a little dingy, but does have a few great restaurants and a few causal bars. Can be a bit noisy
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8
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Landmark Apartments
Super close to Ross and some restaurants and bars - just a lot of undergrads.
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9
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Forest Plaza Apartments
It's undergrad territory but good for Rossers!
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8
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Good experience
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Forest Plaza Apartments
South University is the most convenient neighborhood to Ross (my commute is three minutes). While there are a lot of undergrads living in this area (including the frats/sororities), there are also a lot of grad students so you don't feel out of place (plus it makes game day people watching super fun!)

There are a lot of bars Ross students visit frequently as well as a handful of fast casual restaurants. It is about a 15-20 minute walk to downtown Ann Arbor, where you will likely spend more time going out at night, but it's not a bad walk and there are always other students to share cars with if needed.
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Being so close to South U. and Ross is really convenient, especially for classes and frequent trips to the Jug or Blue Lep. Popular spot for undergrads, but good options for graduate students too. Small corner store and 7-Eleven are available for some grocery items; otherwise, you need to drive to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's down Washtenaw Ave. Nearby pharmacy is expensive - better to walk across the Diag to Walgreen's or CVS. But on cold winter days, the proximity to Ross is hard to beat.
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Forest Plaza Apartments
5 minute walk to Ross, 10 minute walk across the Diag to State/Liberty; 25 minute walk to Main Street; Very safe; Trader Joe's is 2 miles away (6 minute drive); Kroger on S. Maple is 3.2 miles away (10-15 minutes); bars/restaurants/Starbucks on South U. are very convenient; dry cleaners on South U.
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10
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Forest Plaza Apartments
My main motivation for living here is the proximity to my classes. The neighborhood is very undergraduate-heavy but offers a great assortment of bars and simple restaurants. Additionally, it's less than a 15 min walk to downtown.
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Forest Plaza Apartments
It's heavily undergrad, but close to cantina, garage bar, Rick's and class. Not that much super good food on this side, but not terrible.
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7
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Mostly undergrads, so noisy on gameday, but it's fine. Lots of restaurants and bars close by.
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9
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Very close to Ross and bars and restaurants including BurgerFi, Blue Lep, Brown Jug, Charley's, Rick's, Pizza House, and many others. Only about a 15 minute walk to Main St area.
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8
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University Towers
Very close to Ross and South University where you will spend most of your time, but a 15 minute walking distance to downtown
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8
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Too many undergrad frats and sororities, so there's some noise from them, especially in the Fall during Rush, but that's what you get if you want to be closer to school. Lots of graduate students live in this area as well. Kerrytown would be a farther walk from campus but have an older crowd and possibly more graduate students.
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Many affordable food options around. Very close to Ross! Always populated and safe. Not too noisy from downtown nightlife, but has different type of noise - from undergraduate parties (but it is not that bad).
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9
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Landmark Apartments
The apartment is a great location, right in the heart of the campus. However, this meant it was very loud. Very accessible to all buses, restaurants and nightlife.
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8
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Charter House
Undergraduate students can be loud, but also their presence means a lot of nearby restaurants, ubers, etc.
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6
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Geddes Hill Apartments
Very close to campus, plenty of places to eat and drink, definitely some undergrad noise around.
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9
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Garage Bar!
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7
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Forest Plaza Apartments
Undergrad-y but very convenient for school.
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9
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Forest Plaza Apartments


Getting to Know
South University

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Washtenaw Ave to S Slater St
North to South Boundaries: Geddes Ave to Hill St
dining
Bert’s Cafe
Bubble Island
Mighty Good Coffee
Rod’s Diner
Saigon Garden
grocery
7-Eleven
coffee
Starbucks
The Chop House
bus
62 (bus)
64 (bus)

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