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Oakland University is located in Oakland County, one of the most prosperous counties in the United States. Facilities for nearly 300 Fortune 500 companies, including five world headquarters, and more than 400 internationally owned companies are located within Oakland County. 

Rochester, Mich., is OU’s hometown. Located in northern Oakland County, Rochester was named 39th in a list of top 100 cities to live, and the highest-ranking Michigan city in the survey, by Money Magazine and CNN Money in 2005. Rochester and the surrounding area was ranked based on population, number of educational facilities, safety, environment, housing affordability, taxes, weather, commute times and job market.

In addition, the area's rolling hills, wetlands and woodlands provide beautiful neighborhoods and plenty of year-round recreation. The surrounding community also offers an abundance of entertainment, cultural and social opportunities. Together, all this makes Oakland County a great place to live, work and go to school.

  • Art Center — Paint Creek Center for the Arts is a nonprofit community art center that provides a variety of studio art classes for children and adults, a year-round exhibition schedule of contemporary fine art and the annual Art & Apples Festival.
  • Art Museum — The sixth-largest fine arts museum in the United States, The Detroit Institute of Arts, houses more than 60,000 works and is located in downtown Detroit.
  • Cider Mills — Goodson, Paint Creek, Rochester and Yates cider mills all are located in Oakland County and offer seasonal opportunities for outings.
  • Concerts — A variety of concerts and special events are held at the The Palace of Auburn HillsDTE Energy Music Theatre and the Meadow Brook Music Festival.
  • Dining — From fine dining to fast food and everything in between, many restaurants surround the Oakland University campus including those in Auburn HillsPontiacdowntown Rochester and Rochester Hills.
  • Historical Museums — The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, is the nation's largest indoor/outdoor history museum, which includes 88 acres of historic homes and buildings spanning 300 years of American history. The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, located in Stoney Creek Village, a 16-acre museum complex dating back to 1823, has exhibits that highlight the settlement, agriculture, industry and cultural evolution of the greater Rochester area.
  • Historical Sites — Besides Meadow Brook Hall on OU’s campus, there are a number of historical sites in the area including Olde World Canterbury Village in Lake Orion, which is the former farm of newspaper publisher Howard Scripps.
  • Movies — Students can watch movies on campus or check out listings at the many area theaters.
  • Nightlife — A thriving nightlife can be found in downtown Pontiac.
  • Sporting Events — You can attend sporting events on campus, or a short drive away is The Palace of Auburn Hills for Detroit Pistons men's basketball and Detroit Shock women's basketball.
  • Zoo — The Detroit Zoo is located not too far away in Royal Oak.

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  • Downhill Skiing - Three downhill skiing resorts are located in Oakland County.
  • Golf Courses - You can golf on OU's two golf courses or at the more than 30 courses located in Oakland County.
  • Parks - Besides the many city and township parks, Oakland County has 11 different county parks and 8 state parks that offer year-round recreation including camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, golfing, biking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing.
  • Recreation Trail - The trailhead for the 8.5-mile Paint Creek Trail, which is a non-motorized recreation trail for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding, is located in downtown Rochester.

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The Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive in Rochester, has partnered with Oakland University to serve as the university’s preferred destination for guest lodging and official conference center. This partnership provides OU guests and visitors with first class conference facilities and lodging, while increasingly drawing esteemed visitors to the region and broadening awareness of the Rochester community.

Preferred Partner Hotels
The following hotels are preferred partners of OU Athletics. Ask for OU discounted rates when making a reservation at these places: 

Comfort Suites
1565 North Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 370-0200

Hilton Suites
2300 Featherstone
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 322-2305
Courtyard Bloomfield Hills/Pontiac
3555 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, Michigan
(800) 230-4134

Holiday Inn Express
3990 Baldwin Avenue
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(800) 448-2296
Courtyard by Marriott
1296 Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 373-4100
Use code O8I for discounted OU rate

Hyatt Place
1545 North Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 475-9393
Crowne Plaza
1500 N. Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 373-4550

Red Roof Inn
2580 Crooks Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan
(248) 853-6400
Hampton Inn
1461 North Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan 
(248) 370-0044
Sonesta ES Suites
2050 Featherstone Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 322-4600

Other Hotels Near OU
There are many other places near OU's campus to stay when you visit. See the Metro Travel Guide website for a complete list of places to stay.


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