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Palmer Field with Couzens Hall (left) and Alice Lloyd Hall (right), two of the Hill Area residence halls.

The residence hall system at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which is called the University Housing (which is a unit of The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Michigan), is the sixth-largest campus housing system in the United States and the third-largest family housing operation, accommodating up to 12,562 people.[1] The dormitories, or residence halls, are organized into three distinct groups or "neighborhoods:" Central Campus, Hill Neighborhood (between Central Campus and the University of Michigan Medical Center) and North Campus. Family housing is located on North Campus and mainly serves graduate students.

The largest dormitory, Bursley Hall on North Campus, has a capacity of 1,277 students, while the smallest accommodates 31 residents. A majority of upper-class and graduate students live in off-campus apartments, houses, and cooperatives, with the largest concentrations in the Central and South Campus areas.

The students that live in the University Residence Halls are represented by the University of Michigan Residence Halls Association.


Recent developments

South Quadrangle and West Quadrangle are both receiving new landscaping. South Quad had the front shrubbery replaced, the sidewalks widened, underground sprinkling put in, and new sod to replace the dirt and weeds. At West Quad, both courtyards and the side yard had underground sprinkling and sod installed.

North Quad will be the university's first all new housing construction since 1967. The residence hall will house approximately 500 students and be located on Central Campus on the former site of the Frieze Building. The facility is expected to combine living and learning with a large class room wing housing the School of Information, Screen Arts and Culture, and Communication Studies. Schematic plans for the project were withdrawn for approval by the UM Board of Regents, which delayed the hall's opening to at least 2010. On December 15, 2006, the UM Board of Regents approved the North Quad design.[2]

Stockwell Hall was recently renovated to upgrade most of its facilities. After the renovation, the hall changed from female only to coed leaving the smaller Barbour/Newberry, Cook, and Henderson as the last remaining all-female halls .


Residential Life Initiative

As part of the Residential Life Initiative[3], Mosher Jordan Hall, which opened in 1930, closed at the end of the Winter 2006 semester for extensive renovation. The hall was the first to undergo major renovations. Plans included the addition of air conditioning, a new main entry with a grand staircase, ADA compliance, new elevators, wireless internet, music practice areas, and other improvements. Plans also called for the construction of the Hill Dining Center, seating approximately 700 guests. Since its completion in Fall 2008, all existing cafeterias in the Hill neighborhood with the exception of Mary Markley Hall have closed.

Campus Neighborhoods

Central Campus

  • Betsy Barbour House
  • Cambridge House
  • East Quadrangle
  • Fletcher Hall
  • Helen Newberry House
  • Martha Cook Building
  • South Quadrangle
  • West Quadrangle
  • North Quadrangle (under construction)

The Hill

North Campus

  • Baits I & II Houses
  • Bursley Hall - largest dormitory with a capacity of 1,277 students.
  • Northwood Community Apartments


  • Henderson House
  • Lawyers Club


  1. ^ Housing Fact Sheet. UM Housing (2005).
  2. ^ Regents Approve North Quad Design. University of Michigan News Service (2006).
  3. ^ Residential Life Initiative

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