House Hunting and Moving Guide

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Reimbursement of House Hunting/Moving Expenses

For IT employees, the total maximum amount of both the house hunting (one house hunting trip is allowable for reimbursement) and moving expense reimbursement will be up to one month's salary.

IT employees will have nine months from the employment start date to submit their allowable expenses for reimbursement. Review the complete University House Hunting and Moving Expense Policy for more information. Please note, all house hunting and moving expenses incurred during the move are taxable. 

Note: Moving expenses are reimbursable once on payroll. Temporary living expenses are not allowable.

Campus/Community Activities and Traditions

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Michigan Tech Events Calendar

The events calendar is a complete listing of the variety of events being held on campus each day.

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Student Scoop Blog

The Student Scoop Blog is published each Friday and includes upcoming events, some are specific to students, others are open to the entire community.

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Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival is a Michigan Tech tradition held annually in February. This is a family-friendly event with ice sculptures created throughout campus, adorning College Avenue, and other sites throughout Houghton and Hancock. Winter Carnival has been organized by the Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934.

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Held each June, Bridgefest was organized to celebrate the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which officially opened in 1959. The event offers a variety of events including a parade, outdoor concerts, Jon Davis Memorial fireworks, foods and beverages in the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park, along with much more.

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A Michigan Tech tradition and held annually in the fall. Sponsored by various generous supporters. It's a time for many to return to their alma mater and celebrate Husky traditions. Homecoming activities include everything from a football game to cardboard boat races on the Keweenaw Waterway. There are a variety of activities for the whole community.

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Parade of Nations

Michigan Tech hosts the Parade of Nations, an annual community-wide event held in September. Flags of more than 50 countries are represented on campus and in our community. This event not only features a parade through the downtown communities of Hancock and Houghton but has become a multicultural festival that includes international food, entertainment, and family activities.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Michigan Tech is committed to a diverse and inclusive community of and for scholars. The University promotes teaching, research, and personal and intellectual growth of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


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Go Huskies!

Don’t miss a minute of the action with your Michigan Tech Huskies! Tickets are available at the Michigan Tech Ticket Box Office.

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Take advantage of the Rozsa's upcoming schedule of events and all that the arts have to offer in our community.

Recreation: University Owned and Operated

Michigan Tech Trails

The Michigan Tech trail system accommodates all levels of skiers, bikers, and hikers—from beginner to advanced.

Mont Ripley Ski Area

Open to the public for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, Mont Ripley is the oldest ski area in Michigan and the snowiest city in the Midwest. It is a true alpine town experience with twenty-two trails, terrain park, tubing park, with 112 acres of skiable terrain, and a scenic overlook of the Keweenaw Waterway.

Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP)

Check out OAP and enjoy all the outdoor activities that this area has to offer! They have a wide variety of equipment available to rent. 

Portage Lake Golf Course

The Portage Lake Golf Course, rated one of the top 18-hole courses in the Upper Peninsula by In Pursuit of 1000 Golf Courses, has 18 holes on 160 acres—providing two nines of distinctly different flavors and challenges.

Student Development Complex (SDC)

The main University athletic complex, this is a full recreational facility including a fitness center, ice arena, multipurpose room with climbing wall, swimming pool, racquetball, and more. Memberships and daily passes available for purchase.

We hope you enjoy all the area has to offer, no matter the season!