The Common Cup

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging

Undergrads, graduate students, and professionals alike use this space to study, meet, work, and relax. Whether you are stopping in briefly or settling in to study for hours, we're glad you're here. Find out about our updated mission and how we plan on accomplishing it by checking out our "Who We Are" section.

Who We Are

We have a huge transient community and understand it's hard to show support and love from afar. We now offer eGift Cards to help with this. This is all done through Square Register and is emailed immediately upon purchase.

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Crafting Great Experiences

We aim to create an excellent experience for each customer and we believe you deserve our best. While each item we serve has been prepared with care and patience, the ingredients play a major role in the final product.

We source our ingredients from local businesses providing high quality products, like Hyperion coffee and TeaHaus tea.

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Upcoming Events!


Check our Instagram page for upcoming events like live music, artist receptions, creative workshops, and students events! A few featured events to highlight are…

Our bi-annual event on the eve of the spring and fall finals called Final Fix, where students come and fill our building, getting their last studying in, while enjoying free breakfast for dinner and coffee.

Our Christmas Market! On the first Saturday of every December, we most a Christmas Market with local artists and vendors.

Artist Statement: Diane Telian

Topography - April 2024

Pictures of earth from space reveal a jewel of a planet. The colors are intensely blue and green with ochre and dark umber contrasts. It stands out as a topographical wonder amidst the other planets of our solar system which are more marked by the absence of what earth enjoys and supplies for rich life. Seventy-one percent of the earth's surface is covered in water. It is verdant and rich in fecundity, teeming with life. Every aspect of it is marked by its rich variety.

For me, the "twist and mess" of its topographical wealth is significant-whether it is the lakeshore of Michigan or semiprecious stones buried in the earth's surface or winter ice. These abstract mixed media pieces have a gullied texture if you were to run your fingers over their surface. I often use bright colors of ultramarine and turquoise and yellow ochres and oxide greens and gold as in "Headwaters". To some these colors may feel a little too bright, even garish, for an artist to use, but they do represent the jewel-like palette of nature.

When walking along the shore of Lake Michigan or by the Huron River, I feel as if I have "100 windows open on all sides of my head" (G.K. Chesterton). These paintings represent that kind of sensory overload, the mapping out of a topographical gift.

Diane Telian













1511 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104