Our Campus & City

Ann Arbor’s small-town charm and rich resources provide the perfect environment for both a deeply stimulating academic journey and the transformative extracurricular experiences that make the college years so special. Convenient, frequent, and free public transportation provides students with easy access to campus, downtown, dining, shopping, and boundless recreation opportunities.

The performing arts thrive in this community. In addition to the school’s own 600+ annual performances, Ann Arbor offers a bustling local arts scene, as well as performance venues that attract a full schedule of world-class artists, from the New York Philharmonic to the Mark Morris Dance Group to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Detroit, with its rich musical legacy and rapidly developing creative class, is less than an hour away and accessible by U-M’s free “Detroit Connector” bus.

U-M consists of three campuses located throughout the city, and SMTD students spend most of their time on the North and Central Campuses. North Campus is home to the Earl V. Moore Building, the Walgreen Drama Center, the Dance Building, Stearns Building, and the Duderstadt Center. Central Campus houses many major performance venues such as Hill Auditorium and the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

Students have access to both the U-M’s free bus system as well as the Ann Arbor city buses. This makes navigating campus a very simple matter and also makes it possible for students to travel off campus without a car. U-M buses service all academic areas and run very frequently throughout the day. The trip from North to Central Campus is a short one (5-10 minutes) and classes are scheduled in such a way to make it possible for students to travel between the campuses without worrying about being late.

Ann Arbor has two police departments, a U-M Department of Public Safety & Security, and many services such as SafeRide that make the campus safe to travel at all hours.  Each year, U-M prepares an Annual Security Report, which contains detailed information on campus safety and security policies, procedures, and programs, and also includes statistics concerning crimes on campus.