Ann Arbor may be the quintessential college town. In 1837 the University of Michigan moved the 35 miles westward from Detroit, and no one quite expected how large it would become. Today, it has an urban area population of about a quarter of a million people, and that doesn't include the over 41,000 students at UM. The city is consistently ranked in the top percentile of places to live in the U.S.
Thanks to several excellent bus services, it’s easy to get around Ann Arbor without a car. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, also called “The Ride,” operates most of the buses in town, including the 787 bus, which travels to and from the Detroit Airport. If you’re short on cash, you can take a free bus between University of Michigan campuses, too.