The University of Michigan is a beautiful campus set in the culturally rich town of Ann Arbor. There are several options for travel, lodging, and getting around town while you’re here. Here are some resources that will help you plan your visit.
If you are making travel arrangements for an audition, please remember that all Music, Theatre, and Musical Theatre auditions will take place on U-M’s North Campus while all Dance Department auditions will take place on Central Campus.
Students traveling by air usually fly to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), situated approximately thirty miles east of campus. There are several ways to travel from DTW to Ann Arbor, via airport shuttle, taxi, rideshare, or limousine. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, in partnership with Michigan Flyer, also provides shuttle service between DTW and Ann Arbor through their inexpensive AirRide program. For a complete list of options, please visit the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
Bus & Train Transportation
Amtrak has a station located in town at 325 Depot Street.
Getting around campus is very easy thanks to the University of Michigan bus system, which is free for all riders and serves both the central and north campus areas. The blue U-M buses run on multiple routes every 5-10 minutes and are the easiest way to get around campus. Visit Magic Bus for a schedule of bus routes and an interactive display of all buses currently in service.
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
Ann Arbor’s public bus transportation system interfaces directly with the U-M bus system, enabling the university community to commute on and off campus. All rides are provided free of charge for U-M students, faculty, and staff with a valid M-Card. There is a small fare for non-affiliated passengers. Please visit theride.org for more information on routes, schedules, and fares.
Lodging & Sights Around Town
In the vicinity of North Campus, there are many options for lodging accommodations, including the following popular establishments:
For all Central Campus locations and a complete listing of local hotels please take a look at the Ann Arbor Accommodations Guide to ensure a nice, restful stay here in Ann Arbor.
If you have a chance to visit downtown, we recommend that you check out Main Street for some fantastic local shops and restaurants. State Street is great for the college crowd with several U-M apparel shops, restaurants, and coffee shops. Kerrytown Market & Shops is also a wonderful area to visit. If you’re visiting in the fall, you may want to catch a home football game—or at least know when you might see everyone decked out in their maize & blue. Check out the U-M Football Schedule so you can plan ahead.
Maps & Directions
The U-M Office of Student Life also maintains an interactive campus map that provides information about campus, parking, accessibility, etc.
Parking is generally available in the lot adjacent to the Moore Building (NC10), but this lot fills up quickly. Visitors are allowed to park in any of the metered spaces toward the back half of the lot. Park in any of the numbered spaces and pay at the pay station on your way in. The rate is $1.60 per hour, and the pay station accepts coins or and major credit cards. Metered parking is in effect from 6:00 AM–5:00 PM, Monday–Friday.
In addition to the Moore lot, limited visitor parking is also available behind the Walgreen Drama Center (NC27). Park in one of the numbered visitor spots and pay by coin or credit card at the pay station on your way in. The rate is $1.60 per hour. Metered parking is enforced from 6:00 AM–8:00 PM, Monday–Saturday. Other visitor lots on North Campus are marked in red on the campus map above. Visitors traveling from Central Campus are encouraged to take a free U-M Blue Bus to Pierpont Commons.
On the largest audition day mornings, a parking attendant is on-site at the Moore lot to issue all-day parking permits for $5.00. Limited parking is available adjacent to the Walgreen Drama Center, but we strongly suggest parking at the Moore Building. In case of overflow on audition days, visitors will be redirected to the Baits I parking lot up the hill from the Moore Building. Due to parking limitations, we strongly recommend taking a taxi, hotel shuttle, or public transportation to the audition site.
Regardless of the timing of your visit, do not park in the areas marked as blue or gold parking, as you will be ticketed!