About Life in Houghton

Overlooking Portage Lake, our campus sits fifteen minutes walking distance from downtown Houghton and ten minutes driving distance from a shopping mall. (The city of Houghton operates an inexpensive bus service.) Connected by the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, the cities of Houghton and Hancock have a combined population of 12,000 and are friendly, caring communities in which to live. Michigan Tech's safety record is the best among Michigan schools with enrollment of 5,000 or more and ranks in the top ten in the USA!

Michigan Tech's main campus contains thirty buildings plus a 352-unit apartment complex Daniell Heights which caters to students with families. Three full-service residence halls are available for Michigan Tech's students. McNair Residence Hall features the International House, a special place for students from the US and abroad to live and learn about each other's cultures.

The natural beauty of the Keweenaw (pronounced KEE-wah-nah) Peninsula and surrounding clear waters of Lake Superior offer abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing (on our own ski hill and trails), windsurfing, swimming, fly-fishing, camping and an 18-hole golf course—all can be enjoyed only minutes from campus.

The following links will help you settle in the area and begin life as a student at Michigan Tech.


Connect with other students to learn about housing, transportation, student activities, where to eat, and more.


Michigan Tech celebrates culture and diversity throughout the year. Students participate in the Parade of Nations and International Night activities. Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center is the largest and newest theater stage in the Upper Peninsula, attracting World Class performance talent in music, speaking, theatre and dance.

Arts Activities

All University music and theater activities offered through the Fine Arts Department are open to student participation. Most activities require an audition for membership or casting. Performance organizations at Michigan Tech include a choral group, three bands, several jazz bands, small ensembles, and a symphony orchestra. Theater activities include several main-stage productions each season and an improvisational comedy troupe.


The Michigan Tech Film Board, a student group, offers a wide variety of general release movies on campus. The cities of Houghton and Hancock have three movie theaters offering nine film screens. Classic film theaters in Calumet and Laurium offer dinner/discussion with movie showings.

Sports and Recreation 

Michigan Tech is home of the Hockey Huskies, as well as forming the center of one of the Top Ten Summer Sports Meccas in the United States! National Geographic Adventure Magazine find's Houghton to be a Top U.S. Adrenaline Outpost.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Michigan Tech has a thirteen-sport intercollegiate athletic program, highlighted by its Division I men’s ice hockey team, a program that has captured three national championships. Other men’s programs include football, basketball, cross country, track and field, tennis, and Nordic skiing. A strong women’s program, one which has witnessed eight NCAA tournament appearances in basketball in the 1990s and five in volleyball, also includes programs in cross country, tennis, Nordic skiing, and track and field.

Intramural-Recreational Sports Services

The Department of Physical Education, through its Intramural-Recreational Sports Services Office, offers competition in more than thirty different intramural events—from badminton to water polo—for Michigan Tech’s students, faculty, and staff. Stop by the Intramural Office, Room 202, Student Development Complex for IM handouts and information.

Sports & Recreation Links

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