Travel Information

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 auditions will take place on U-M’s North Campus.

Until further notice, SMTD Admissions will be operating remotely and building access will be restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank for your understanding.

  • Earl V. Moore Building
    1100 Baits Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085
  • Walgreen Drama Center
    1226 Murfin Avenue
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1212
  • Dance Building
    1000 Baits Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085

Due to parking limitations, we strongly recommend taking a taxi, hotel shuttle, or public transportation to the Moore Building, the Dance Building, and the Walgreen Drama Center. Other visitor lots on North Campus are marked in red on this North Campus Visitor Parking Map. Visitors traveling from Central Campus are encouraged to take a free U-M Blue Bus to Pierpont Commons. SMTD Admissions does not have any visitor parking passes to distribute.

Park in any of the visitor spaces (marked with yellow signs that contain a four-digit space number) and pay at the pay station, online, or by using the PassportParking app on your way in. Metered parking is in effect from 6:00 AM–5:00 PM, Monday–Friday at the Moore Building and Dance Building. 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. Metered parking is enforced from 6:00 AM–8:00 PM, Monday–Saturday. Finally, the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning has a visitor lot (NC43) that follows similar policies to the Walgreen and Moore lots.

On the largest audition day mornings, a parking attendant is on-site at the Moore/Dance lot to issue all-day parking permits for $5.00. Limited parking is available adjacent to the Walgreen Drama Center, but we strongly suggest arranging to be dropped off. In case of overflow on audition days, visitors will be redirected to the Baits I parking lot up the hill from the Moore Building and Dance Building.

Regardless of the timing of your visit, do not park in the areas marked as blue or gold parking, as you will be ticketed!

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 to Ann Arbor

Amtrak and Greyhound Bus Lines share a terminal located at 325 Depot Street in Ann Arbor. Megabus has a stop at 900 Briarwood Circle on the south side of town and offers inexpensive routes to Chicago and Detroit.

U-M Shuttle Bus Routes

During the academic year (September-April) you can use any of the following U-M shuttle bus routes–all of which are free of charge–to get from Central Campus to the SMTD facilities on North Campus, which are located next to the shuttle bus stops marked “Pierpont Commons” and “Art & Architecture”:

Please note that from May-August some of these routes may not be available.

U-M Buses

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 for more information on routes, schedules, and fares.

Taxi Services

Transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft operate in Ann Arbor. Taxi service is also available from Amazing Blue Taxi.

In the vicinity of North Campus, there are many options for lodging accommodations, including the following popular establishments:

DoubleTree by Hilton Ann Arbor North

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor North

Microtel Inn & Suites

Red Roof Plus+ Ann Arbor

Residence Inn Ann Arbor North

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.

North and Central Campus Map

The U-M Office of Student Life also maintains an interactive campus map that provides information about campus, parking, accessibility, etc.