More than a Retirement Community, University Commons, is a 21st Century approach to active adult living. Bordering the University of Michigan’s North Campus in Ann Arbor, the ninety-two condominium residences and spacious common areas blend into the natural setting of hardwood forest and natural wetlands.
This unique community grew out of an interest in and commitment to life-long learning, a place that would attract interested and engaged people aged 55+. Shared facilities include class and meeting rooms, a fitness center, an area for performances and dining. On Friday afternoons, residents gather for Common Time in the Brass Rail Café, a casual gathering space that opens onto a large patio.
Community members include faculty and staff of the University of Michigan as well as other colleges and universities, professionals & business people. Many continue to work full or part-time in paid or volunteer positions. An active network of committees and interest groups, involving residents, range from Camera Club to Shakespeare. Five o’clock speakers cover a similar breadth of topics. Up to two meals weekly are prepared by culinary arts students from Washtenaw Community College. As one visitor noted, “This is a very busy place.
At University Commons you can choose when and how you want to be involved. A New York Times article cited University Commons as a “model” for active adults. The community has also been featured on national and local television in news features and documentaries. Click for more about us