Grand Circus Park. Photo// Crain’s Detroit

We are all aware of the responsibilities a student has in the year 2019. From getting good grades and working part-time jobs, to taking part in extracurricular activities and building a strong resume, the list is endless. As a college student, one can feel trapped inside this bubble, not knowing anything outside of it. It’s important to take some time out and enjoy all of your hard work once in a while. 

Fortunately, for all of us here at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, we are only a 15-minute drive from downtown Detroit! Here’s a list of all the budget-friendly activities you can experience in your downtime, whether you’re heading downtown or sticking to the suburbs.


Detroit is known for its food that ranges from a wide variety of halal options to the world-famous Detroit-style pizza. The late famous chef and reality TV star Anthony Bourdain even filmed an entire series on the food here in Detroit and absolutely fell in love with the city and the tastes it had to offer. 

Buddy’s Pizza (Average pricing: $8-$15): 

This pizzeria was founded in 1946 and has been the home to some of Detroit’s best pizza. There are eleven locations that you are able to eat at, the closest one being a mile and a half from campus on Michigan Avenue. Buddy’s has been called “one of the five best pizzerias in the United States” by the Food Network. 

Taystee’s Burger ($8-$15): If you want a messy, juicy, meaty, award-winning burger, head on over to Taystee’s Burger. The wide variety of burgers will make you want to come back for more. Be sure to try it out as this local family-owned restaurant is only found here in Dearborn! 

Al-Ameer ($10-$20): In the mood for some Mediterranean food? Make your way to Al-Ameer as they have authentic Mediterranean food ranging from hummus to kabobs to kefta sandwiches. Only a 7-10 minute drive from campus, this place is great to have a celebratory meal with family and friends. 

Go Sy Thai ($10-$20): Everyone loves some good Asian food, so drive down to Detroit and experience the great flavors of Thailand. This restaurant has a menu full of traditional Thai food that includes soups, noodles, rice, meat, and seafood dishes. 


Detroit has a rich history of sports- the city has won many championships and also has some of the most loyal fans in the country. The atmosphere in the arenas is one to remember and going to a game is a great social experience that you can enjoy with friends and family. Tickets for all the teams below can be purchased through Ticketmaster, Seatgeek, Vividseats and Stubhub

The Detroit Pistons ($10-$30): Students can purchase tickets online to watch some of their favorite basketball players at Little Caesars Arena. With a star-studded line-up including Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, and Derrick Rose, the Pistons are a team to watch out for. 

The Detroit Red Wings ($20-$40): action-packed sporting event for students to watch includes Detroit’s beloved ice hockey. The Red Wings are one of six original teams in the NHL and hold 11 Stanley Cup championships, third all-time! 

The Detroit Tigers ($5-$20): want to spend a nice summer day outdoors with friends and family? There is no better way than to visit Comerica Park where the best baseball in the world is on display. It’s a chance for you to feel at home with many food vendors on-site and energetic crowds watching the game. 

The Detroit Lions  ($60-$120): is there a bigger sport in the United States other than football? Ford Field located in Downtown Detroit is home to 65,000 fans. Watching the Lions play can be a little bit pricey, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t get anywhere else in the world. Save up, and attend at least one of their games while you’re here!


Detroit is home to some of the most beautiful parks in which you can enjoy the fresh air and greenery. Visiting these parks give most students and adults a sense of peace and relaxation after a long week of work. The best thing about them is that they don’t require you to spend any money!

Grand Circus Park: This historic park in Downtown Detroit connects the theatre district with its financial district and offers many events year-round. 

Campus Martius Park: This re-established park in Downtown Detroit offers lots of cools activities for you to take part in with your friends and family. From the many food trucks to huge space in which you can hang out in, this is the perfect place to go on a nice sunny day. 

Beacon Park: Located in Downtown Detroit, this venue is a great place for events. It is a nice and relaxing place that offers great food and has a vibe that’s hard to find anywhere else. 

Belle Isle Park: Arguably the most famous park of them all, this Detroit landmark offers 982 acres of land consisting of an aquarium, museum, conservatory, and playground. This is the perfect place to make a day-trip out of, giving you the chance to enjoy one of the most activity-filled parks in the country. 


There are many shows that take place in Detroit, including musicals, stand-up comedies, concerts and many more. The list goes on, but below are some of the famous Detroit venues in which these shows take place. Tickets usually range from $10 and up depending on the event you decide to go to.

The Fillmore: This multi-use entertainment venue was built in 1925, hosting some of the best concerts. If you want an intimate setting that allows you to feel close to your favorite singer, this is the place to go. 

Fox Theatre: This performing arts center opened in 1928, serving as the home to some of the best comedians, shows and live entertainment. With a capacity of 5,174 people, any seat is a great seat! 

With a great selection of parks, shows, sports and food around us, don’t forget some of the other activities such as watching a movie at AMC Fairlane, going to the batting cage at Midway Sports and Entertainment or spending time at Twelve Oaks Mall

There is so much to do, so be sure to keep an eye out and not miss out on all the great activities that are taking place near you!