Forms & Guidelines

Admitted Doctoral Student Resources

Contact: Jessica Mason, Admissions and Graduate Records Coordinator, Senior
Last modified: October 04, 2018


If you are looking for housing or a roommate and want some helpful resources for securing a place to live, check out the University Housing or U-M Off-Campus Housing websites for information.  Use the OSA Facebook group to ask current students about their housing recommendations.

Living in Ann Arbor

The School of Education is in Ann Arbor, one of America’s best university towns. While the urban energy of Detroit is just 40 miles away, Ann Arbor has a unique vibe—part small-town, part international intellectual hotbed. Ann Arbor is the area’s main center for culture and recreation, where students can enjoy a variety of cuisine, museums, and musical and athletic events.

Transportation and Parking Permits

The University of Michigan offers its own bus service to and from many areas around campus. In addition to receiving this free service, all students may ride the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) buses free of charge with a valid MCard. Routes for AATA buses include over 1500 stops around the U-M campus and surrounding areas.

The Parking and Transportation Office offers parking permits to graduate students registered for classes. Graduate students may select from five parking options:

  • Student Orange
  • Student Yellow
  • After Hours
  • Student Orange with After Hours
  • Student Yellow with After Hours

Alternate means of transportation can be used Ann Arbor, including the Zipcar, bicycles, and walking. Whichever method you prefer, many different means can be used to get around the city.

Office of the Registrar

Visit the Office of the Registrar webpage to view the academic calender, schedule of classes, and tuition and fees, learn more about student rights and records, and order transcripts.

Residency Office

The Residency Office has established Residency Classification Guidelines to ensure that decisions about whether you pay in-state or out-of-state tuition are fair and equitable. As an applicant for admission or an enrolled student who believes that you are a Michigan resident, the guidelines will help you understand what may be required to complete an Application for Resident Classification and provide additional information to document your residency status.

Applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be submitted to the Residency Classification Office.

Academic and Professional Resources

The University of Michigan offers a variety of resources to aid them in their academic and professional pursuits. Take advantage of all that Michigan has to offer.

Student Employment

Most doctoral graduate students will come into the School of Education with graduate student instructor (GSI), graduate student research assistant (GSRA), and graduate student staff assistant (GSSA) appointments. Please contact your program administrator if you have questions about your specific appointment.

Family Resources

Ann Arbor has been consistently ranked as one of the top cities in which to raise a family. The city and the university provide a wide array of resources to ensure an enriching experience for all members of the student's family. Juggling academics and family life is a challenging task. The following sites provide information to aid you and your family as you transition to your new life in Ann Arbor:

Computing Services

Learn how to navigate the University of Michigan’s computing resources and services using the Quick Guide for Students.Here you can locate information ranging from the location of computer labs to computer sales for personal use.


Take break from the academic grind and go to the gym for a workout or play on an intramural sports team with your classmates through the Department of Recreational Sports. Enjoy the University Union Arts & Programs events including weekly workshops, concerts, poetry slams, and other performances. Check out the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for a list of the most recent happenings in the city.

Student Organizations

The School of Education offers students the opportunity to join several student organizations.

Also, students may get involved on campus by joining a Rackham graduate student organization or one of over a thousand other student organizations on campus.

Health and Wellness

Graduate school may be exciting, but may also seem overwhelming at times. The university offers a variety of resources designed to help provide balance to your life and ensure you are in optimal health.


Visit the University of Michigan Athletics site for information about how to purchase students tickets. Students only need to pay for tickets for football, basketball, and hockey events. All other events are free of charge with a valid MCard. New students are allotted one ticket per game. A postcard from the Athletic Department will be sent to you in June with instructions on how to order your tickets online.