City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor has a population of about 114,000, almost a third of whom are between the ages of 25 and 44. The average high temperature in July is 79 degrees. The Ann Arbor landscape consists of arboretums and industrial parks, specialty shops, bike paths, and parks. Ann Arbor is located 25 miles from the Detroit/Metro International airport, less than one hour from Detroit, and less than five hours from Chicago and Lake Michigan. More information on Ann Arbor is available at the Ann Arbor Area Visitors' Bureau Web site.

Airport Transportation

Ann Arbor is a 30-minute taxi ride from the Detroit Metro Airport. For information and rates, see the University of Michigan Campus Information Center or the Metro Airport Web site.

Parking and Bus Travel

Parking on Central Campus at the University of Michigan is extremely limited, and especially difficult during Art Fair, held the third week of July. The City of Ann Arbor maintains municipal parking lots and structures. Parking is usually purchased by the hour, but a limited number of monthly parking permits are available. For more information about the Ann Arbor parking system, call Republic Parking at 734-761-7235. 


U-M Buses.  The University of Michigan operates its own line of buses that anyone can ride free of charge. Blue U-M  buses have “University of Michigan” written in large letters on the side, and run between Central, South, Medical and North Campuses. Blue buses and smaller white U-M buses also run between the various buildings of the U-M Health System (including the East Ann Arbor Health Center) and stop at nearby parking lots For a list of routes and schedules, refer to U-M Parking and Transportation Services.

Public Transportation

Bus Service. The Ann Arbor Transit Authority (AATA) operates a bus system that services the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. University of Michigan students, faculty and staff can ride the buses for free by swiping a valid MCard (University of Michigan ID). For those students who do not have a yellow MCard, the cost is $1.50 for a fixed rate.

The AATA operates two transit centers: Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor on Fourth Avenue between William and Liberty, and the Ypsilanti Transit Center, located on Pearl Street at Adams Street. Most Ann Arbor routes originate at the Blake Transit Center at 15 minutes after and 15 minutes to each hour. For more information about routes and schedules, refer to the “Ride Guide” available at the transit centers, on the AATA buses, at the U-M International Center, or at the AATA web site listed above.

Taxis. Taxis are a convenient but more expensive way to get around Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at  Yellow Cab is one commonly used taxi company.  It is usually necessary to telephone for a taxi, but you can often find taxis waiting on State Street outside of the Michigan Union.

Transportation Beyond Ann Arbor

For further information about transportation in the Ann Arbor area and beyond, refer to the University Campus Information Center.


Map and Directions to ISR

Maps of the Campus