School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Life in Detroit

Detroit is the most populous city in Michigan (700,000+ people). The metropolitan Detroit tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties) has a population of approximately 4 million people.

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Wayne State University (WSU) are located in the community known as Midtown. The neighborhood includes new and refurbished housing, restaurants, businesses, museums, galleries, theaters, and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  South of Midtown is downtown Detroit.  Downtown includes the professional sports and entertainment facilities such as Comerica Park, Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena, Cobo Hall, in addition to many restaurants, theaters and music venues all within minutes of DMC/WSU

Detroit’s excellent freeway network gives people the opportunity to find affordable housing (condo, apartment, or house) that meets their particular needs in Detroit or the nearby suburbs.  Most Pathology residents live in the suburbs (denoted by * below) with easy access to freeways and a reasonable commute to the DMC/WSU

  • Oakland County (Troy*, Royal Oak*, Southfield, Farmington Hills, Novi)
  • Wayne County (Dearborn, Grosse Pointes*, Detroit, Livonia/Canton/Plymouth area)
  • Macomb County (St. Clair Shores*)

Detroit is a great “sports town”.  Downtown is home of the Detroit Tigers (baseball), Detroit Lions (football) and Detroit Red Wings (hockey). The Detroit Pistons (basketball) play in the Palace of Auburn Hills, located north of the city. Detroit hosts many professional, collegiate, and major league sporting events.  Michigan is home to more than 800 public courses and world class golf resorts.

Festivals & Events
Metro Detroit hosts an array of festivals along the riverfront and in neighboring communities These festivals celebrate music, art, cars, food, sports and cultures. View a complete list of events and descriptions.

Parks & Outdoor Activities
Michigan is a four season state which offers year round recreational activities.  In addition to numerous city and state parks, there are 13 Metroparks in the surrounding counties which provide safe, clean environments for picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, hiking, nature study, biking, skating, golf, winter sports and a host of special outdoor programs and events within a short drive for southeast Michigan residents. Detroit’s largest city park, Belle Isle, is nearly 1000 acres of island in the Detroit River and approximately 5 miles from DMC/WSU.  

Eating in metro Detroit is an adventure. From fine dining to delicatessens and breweries, there are establishments to suit any palate, budget, and mood.  The area boasts a wide range of cuisine, including Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Greek, Mexican, Italian, Polish, Asian, vegetarian, soul food, barbeque, steakhouses, seafood, and others.  Michigan is fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, many of which are located in the Detroit area.  For a list of restaurants and reviews see

Weekend Getaways

Northern Michigan

  • Traverse City
  • Charlevoix
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Mackinac Island
  • The Upper Peninsula
  • Pictured Rocks National Park


  • Saugatuck, MI
  • Chicago, IL


  • Toronto, Canada*
  • Niagara Falls, Canada*


  • Windsor, Canada* (Yes, Windsor is south of Detroit)

*Note: Travel to Canada may require visa for non-U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens must carry proper documentation (e.g., passport) when crossing U.S.-Canadian border.

For additional information about Michigan, Detroit, and the metropolitan area: