U-M Med School Housing: Medical Society in Kerrytown

U-M Med School Housing: Medical Society in Kerrytown


(upbeat music) – Hey, I’m Alex Farlen. – And I’m Maggie McGovney. – I grew up outside Tampa, Florida. – And I grew up in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. – And we live at Phi Rho Sigma. – Woo! (laughing) – So Phi Rho Sigma is a
communal living arrangement. There’s a 26 bedroom house. So we all have our own rooms, but all the common rooms are shared. There are meals, lunch
and dinner on weekdays. – [Maggie] And it’s really good. The food here is just really good. – [Alex] Yeah, there’s
also a gym, laundry, study spaces. – [Maggie] Yeah, there’s
also, I just love the little teeny nook in
the TV room that’s all cordoned off with curtains and it has really comfy couches. There’s just lots of spaces where you can hang out and be a community. – [Alex] I wanted to
have people that I could go home to and have that
supportive environment cause med school can get
really really difficult, especially if you’re living on your own. – Honestly, when I was
looking for apartments, I didn’t know things like Phi Rho existed, so I was really looking around for student neighborhoods so that I could have other students around me, but then I found Phi Rho and I was just really excited that I could live with so many other medical students and just be around people all the time. – [Alex] So we’re right on
the border of Kerrytown. We’re about a five minute walk by covered walkway to the hospitals. – [Maggie] Yeah, you
never have to go outside, so it’s really great when it’s raining or snowing or just when you
don’t feel like going outside. Kerrytown is a really
kind of lively student neighborhood in Ann Arbor. We’ve got lots of interesting shops. We’re in the same neighborhood as Zingerman’s delicatessen, which you’ve probably heard of. It’s the best. There’s a lot to do around here. There’s a lot of activities, and a lot of the houses
are habited by students so you’re around other students. – Living here provides me with the support I need after a long day. The people to celebrate with when we’ve had something really awesome happen. People to talk to, people to lean on. And the roof over my head. Really really awesome food. Lunch and dinner on weekdays. People to go to tailgates with or different events with. People to hang out with after a long day. – Make sure the internet is good. (laughing) because you’re gonna be wanting to stream lectures sometimes, which you’re gonna want them over video. There’s gonna be a lot of stuff you need internet for, so you wanna make sure that you’ve got good internet. You wanna make sure
that you’re comfortable with the commuting situation that you have because like if you’re
gonna want to take a car, your gonna have to pay for parking. If you’re gonna wanna walk somewhere, you’re gonna make sure you
live within walking distance. If you wanna take the bus,
you have to be on a bus line. So just make sure you
have a commuting situation you’re comfortable with. – But everybody who comes to med school is going to hit those walls and is going to have the things that
they struggle with, so making sure that you
have the support around whether you live on your own or whether you live in a place like this. – Yeah, I don’t think I could
say it better than that. Living here provides me
with everything I need.

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