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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. Please remember when making accommodations that all Music, Theatre, and Musical Theatre auditions will take place on UM's North Campus while all Dance Department auditions will take place on Central Campus.

Long Distance Transportation

Flights And Airport Transportation

Ingalls MallStudents traveling by air usually book flights into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). Once at Metro, it is relatively easy to get to Ann Arbor. Taxi cab fare is approximately $60. There are also various airport shuttle and limousine companies with which you can reserve a seat.  Prices vary from $15-40 per person each way. We highly recommend the daily shuttles between Ann Arbor and DTW which are run by Air Ride for around $12-15. For a complete list of options, please visit the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

Bus & Train Transportation

Greyhound Bus Lines 734.662.5511 has a terminal in Ann Arbor at 116 W. Huron Street.

Amtrak serves Ann Arbor with connections from Toledo and Chicago.


Local Transportation in Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann ArborThe University of Michigan has a free bus system that serves both the Central and North Campus areas.  On average, these lines run every 10-15 minutes, and the ride between Central and North Campus usually takes about ten minutes.  Visit Magic Bus for a schedule of bus routes and an interactive display of all buses currently in service. The Bursley-Baits, Commuter Northbound or Northwood buses will bring you to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance from the bus stop in front of the C.C. Little Building.  You may also catch the Commuter bus in front of the Michigan Union. The nearest stop to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance is Pierpont Commons, our north campus union which is only a couple minutes walking distance from both the Moore Building and the Walgreen Drama Center. Campus maps are available at the bottom of this page as well.

Taxi Service

Amazing Blue Taxi 734.846.0007

Ann Arbor Yellow Cab 734.663.3355 

Ann Arbor Blue Cab 734.547.2222


Lodging & Sights Around Town

Main Street Ann ArborWhile you are here visiting in Ann Arbor, you'll more than likely need a place to stay. Here are a few recommendations for North Campus accommodations. Please mention that you're auditioning for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance to receive a special rate!

Holiday Inn North Campus 734.769.9800

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-North 734.996.4444

Red Roof Inn Ann Arbor North 734.996.5800

Microtel Inn and Suites 734.997.9100

Hawthorn Suites Ann Arbor 734.327.0011

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 UM 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 UM Football Schedule so you can plan ahead!


Maps & Directions

Directions to our North Campus Venues,
including the Moore Building and Walgreen Drama Center.
Directions to our Central Campus Venues.
North Campus Map
North Campus Map
Central Campus Map
Central Campus Map



On our published audition days an on-site parking attendant will issue all-day parking permits for a nominal fee, usually around $5.  If you are visiting on other days, limited metered parking is available in the Moore Building lot.  There is some parking adjacent to the Walgreen Drama Center, but it is a short walk from the Moore Building lot to the Walgreen.  At the Moore Building lot, visitor parking is located at the south end and is indicated with red and white numbered signs.  The central meter for the lot accepts bills, coins, and credit card (Visa/MC/Discover); metered parking is in effect from 6AM-5PM, Monday-Friday.  Do not park in the areas marked Blue or Gold Parking, you will be ticketed!

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