Local Community

Ann Arbor is consistently ranked America’s top college cities. It’s a great place to live and get an education!

For newcomers, accessing resources to meet your basic daily needs might be challenging; this list can help. Here are some resources in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area that provide a variety of products and services that everyone needs.

Grocery and department stores

Store Description Address

Fresh Thyme

Lower-priced alternative to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for healthy, organic, and free-trade food options. Located 2 miles south of WCC at the corner of Golfside and Washtenaw.

2985 Washtenaw Ave Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Kroger

Regional grocery store; wide selection of international foods. Sign up for the Kroger plus card to get deals.

3200 Carpenter Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48197


2641 Plymouth Rd

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

(good Asian food selection at this location)

Meijer

Michigan-based department and grocery store that provides a wide variety merchandise to meet customers’ daily needs, including a selection of international foods. Sign up for MPerks to get deals.

3825 Carpenter Rd

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Walmart

Retail corporation that has a chain of supermarkets in several places across the country, discount department stores and grocery stores.

2515 Ellsworth Rd

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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There are many markets and restaurants for people from all over the world to get the food they are accustomed to back home.

International food and markets

Culture Market Location

African

Kasoa African Market

3980 Platt Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Asian

Hua Xing Asia Market – Asian department store

2867 Washtenaw Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Galleria Market – Korean

3111 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Way 1 Supermarket

2789 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Indian

Bombay Grocers

3010 Packard Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Mexican

Dos Hermanos Market

412 W Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Middle Eastern

Alez Market

2243 Ellsworth Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Mediterranean Market

4019 Stone School Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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Transportation

Washtenaw County is commuter friendly! The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA, also known as TheRide) is an effective way to get around town. TheRide is a not-for-profit local public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. WCC students, staff, faculty can ride for free by swiping their student ID at any of TheRide buses when they are leaving campus.

See Get to Campus for more options.

Secretary of State

4675 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

An official governmental department that has branches across the state, the Secretary of State office can help you get your driver’s license, register your vehicle, notary and document certifications. Moreover, they can help you answer your questions on what’s legal to do and what is not.

Banks and credit unions

In the U.S., it is recommended that you open an account at a bank or credit union (a member-owned financial institution). Having an account will allow you to keep your cash safe and make your life easier by allowing you to pay your bills online (even automatically if you’d like!). It will also allow you to manage your money more easily.

Automatic Teller Machine (ATM)

Located on the first floor Student Center building, near the south entrance. Students or staff can withdraw cash when it is convenient.

Locations

University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU)
Virtual branch, with an ATM and video teller located in the Student Center, second floor.

PNC
3175 West Clark Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Located within walking distance of WCC, at the corner of Clark and Golfside.

Washtenaw Area Credit Union
424 S. Mansfield, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 484-5100

Special offers for college students are available.

Events

There is always something happening in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. Check out these area calendars to find fun things to do.

Parks