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 U-M's North Campus while all Dance Department auditions will take place on Central Campus.
Students traveling by air usually book flights into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). From DTW, 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. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, in partnership with Michigan Flyer, also provides shuttle service between DTW and Ann Arbor for $12–15 through their AirRide program. For a complete list of options, please visit the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
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.
Getting arond on campus is easy! The University of Michigan offers a free bus system serving both the central and north campus areas. The blue U-M buses run on multiple routes every 10–15 minutes and are the easiest way to get around campus. Fare is completely free; simply hop on the right bus and find a seat. Visit Magic Bus for a schedule of bus routes and an interactive display of all buses currently in service.
Ann Arbor's public transportation system interfaces directly with the University of Michigan, enabling the U-M community to commute on and off of campus. With a valid MCard, all rides are subsidized for U-M students, faculty, and staff. Fares for the general public vary. Please visit theride.org for more information on routes, schedules, and fares.
A number of taxi companies service the Ann Arbor area. To arrange a ride, please contact one of the following companies:
Amazing Blue Taxi (734.846.0007)
Ann Arbor Yellow Cab (734.663.3355)
Ann Arbor Blue Cab (734.547.2222)
While 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 U-M Football Schedule so you can plan ahead!
The U-M Office of Student Life maintains an interactive campus map providing information about campus, parking, accessibility, and much more.
Parking is generally available in the lot adjacent to the Moore Building (NC10). Visitors are allowed to park in any of the metered spaces toward the back half of the lot. Simply park in any of the numbered spaces and pay at the pay station on your way in. The rate is $1.40 per hour, and the pay station accepts cash, coins, and major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA). 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 cash, coin, or credit card at the pay station on your way in. The rate is $1.40 per hour. Metered parking is enforced from 6:00 AM–8:00 PM, Monday–Saturday. Though you are certainly welcome to park in the Walgreen lot, space is limited, so we strongly suggest that you use the Moore lot.
On audition days, a parking attendant will be 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 our ongoing renovation project, we strongly recommend taking a taxi, shuttle, or public transportation to the audition site as parking will be limited.
Regardless of the timing of your visit, do not park in the areas marked as blue or gold parking; you will be ticketed!
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