Living and Learning

Studying at the University of Michigan-Flint offers exciting opportunities to take advantage of all our community has to offer with no shortage of opportunities to complement the UM-Flint experience. Encouraging your student to get involved outside of the classroom is a critical component to their success by helping them to connect to the campus and their peers. Students who become involved learn critical skills that augment their education and help them secure jobs after graduation. 

UM-Flint provides a variety of ways for your student to get involved. With more than 100 student organizations to choose from, we have an organization for everyone including joining a fraternity or sorority, competing in a club sport, or Esports. Students can participate in a myriad of community service projects including the Commitment to Service program, Service Saturdays, and Alternative Spring or Summer Breaks.
There are many other ways your student can connect to UM-Flint including undergraduate research, working on campus, participating in a leadership program, studying abroad and so much more! If your student is unsure about how to find a campus involvement, please encourage them to visit the Office of the Dean of Students or speak with their academic advisor.

Residential Experience

UM-Flint provides a robust, on-campus living experience for students in a welcoming atmosphere that is student-focused and supportive. Students live in apartment-style residence halls and enjoy the convenience of being just steps away from classes. Students also have access to campus resources, downtown businesses, cultural events, and food options. Our residential learning and theme communities provide opportunities for students to live and learn with peers who share the same interests. Living on campus is a vibrant, safe, and affordable way to experience everything the university has to offer. 

Housing & Residential Life is available to help you and your student with on-campus contracts and assignments. They offer students and parents information about campus residential life, including what to bring to campus, getting involved and dining options. The dining hall is an important place for food and friendship, and your student will want to learn more about meal plans and the benefits of having Maize Money for vending, laundry, or a late snack.

Living on campus is a great opportunity for students to succeed academically and personally. Throughout the academic year, parents and families can support their students by encouraging them to stay on campus during the weekends. We invite parents and families to visit their students and Flint to take advantage of all the city has to offer. 

Residence Hall Safety & Support
Each residence hall includes a 24-hour front desk providing amenities to students including the registration of guests. Each building has a staff of resident advisors, upper-class students who focus on student transitions and community development. Each building is supervised by a full-time hall director who lives in the building. The department has a 24-hour on-call system to address emergencies. 

Housing & Residential Life: (810) 237-6571
First Street Front Desk: (810) 762-0161
Riverfront Front Desk: (810) 424-5660
Email: [email protected]

Commuting to Campus

Commuter students are encouraged to make campus their “home away from home” through the various available resources. Getting involved, meeting peers, and spending time on campus is essential, and you can support your student by encouraging them to stay on campus after classes have ended. Encourage them to find a space that feels comfortable where they can study and relax. Encourage them to attend a campus event or visit the Recreation Center. Every opportunity the university provides is geared toward helping your student be successful! 

Parking on campus is easy and convenient! A valid University of Michigan-Flint parking permit is required to park in any university lot or structure. Parking permits are provided to students at no cost as part of their semester registration. Students can pick up their parking permits during the first two weeks of the fall or winter semester in the University Pavilion. 

If you are planning to visit your students on a weekend, you can park your vehicle in any university lot or structure. 

Visit the Library
The Frances Willson Thompson Library is a great place to study, get assistance with research and assignments, or simply relax in a quiet space and enjoy the beautiful view from the atrium. The library is home to the Marian E. Wright Writing Center. Students can also visit the library to learn more about our models and technology rental program to help support their coursework. 

Computer Labs
Open computer labs are available at the William S. White Building, the Frances Willson Thompson Library, the Murchie Science Building, and within the School of Management in Riverfront. Printing is available in these labs.

On-Campus Dining
UM-Flint offers many places to eat on campus. From cafes to full meals, students have many choices to satisfy their hunger. The university has locations to grab a bite with friends or stay and study. Dining options across campus are available close to the residence halls and academic buildings. With meal plans and Maize Money, there’s no need to carry cash. Vending machines are located throughout campus as well. 

Lounges & Building Hours
Every building on campus has a variety of lounges that can be used as a group or individual study spaces, a place to take a nap, relax, eat, or do homework. Many of these spaces include electrical sources for charging and media resources for group projects. Students are encouraged to check the building hours for each location.