Thursday, January 2, 2020


University Inn is conveniently located near the University of Michigan campus, but that is not the only university in close range to us. Throughout the year, many of our guests come to visit nearby Eastern Michigan University, whether for a college sports event or to visit the campus itself. However, the tips to visit the EMU campus may vary somewhat from the tips to visit the UM campus. Here are some of our suggestions for potential EMU students traveling to check out the campus.

Plan Ahead

If your goal is to visit the college campus, your trip will likely be a short one. It might be overnight or it might be only a few days. You’ll want to pack as much into that experience as possible. After all, when you’re considering enrolling in EMU, you’re also considering moving to Ypsilanti and the Ann Arbor area. Do some research before you leave on the sites you’ll want to see, restaurants where you’ll want to eat, and spots beloved by locals. Organizing your travel plans will also mean less headache for you when the travel starts.

Check Out the Campus Tours

Eastern Michigan University offers a variety of campus tours. There are daily tours throughout the week, including a 90-minute walk around the campus and a chance to meet with the admission staff. Morning tours also include free lunch at the campus dining hall. Group tours also occur throughout the week but have to be requested online first for groups larger than 7 people. Are you a high achieving student or the parent of a high achieving student? You may want to check out the Honors Tour, showing the honors offerings available at EMU.

Consider Your Course of Study

Daily campus tours at EMU show off the student center, residence halls, and the Halle library to give you an idea of student life on campus. They’ll also allow you to walk through “other campus areas that interest you.” Here, you’ll want to keep in mind what you’d like to study when you attend EMU. You can visit relevant campuses and ask advisors questions to give you a clear idea of exactly what the school can offer you. Of course, oftentimes incoming freshmen don’t know exactly what they want to study, and that’s okay! You have time to figure that out in college. In that case, consider what interests you now, whether you think you’ll study it or not.

Visit Downtown Ypsilanti

While you’re here, visit downtown Ypsilanti. Ypsi is the quirky nearby neighbor to Ann Arbor, home to unique stores like Unicorn Feed and Supply, great local restaurants, museums, and plenty of niche shops that are sure to catch your interest. Depending on when you visit, you can catch a show at the Riverside Arts CenterYpsilanti Symphony Orchestra, or try something completely unique at the Ypsilanti Experimental Space. It may just be the culture of the town that sells you on EMU after all.
Don’t forget when searching for a place to stay: the University Inn offers 10% discounts to parents of student-athletes visiting Eastern Michigan University as well as the University of Michigan. Contact us today to book your stay!

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