Travel, Directions & Parking

We look forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor for your, and your student’s, orientation program. Please use the navigation below to provide travel instructions for your trip. 

Parking for Freshman Parent & Family Orientation

Parking is available at the Forest Street Parking Structure, located at 650 S. Forest St. You will take a ticket as you enter the structure and can park there all day. As you exit, you will pay the parking fee to the attendant. The fee is $1.20/hour. Be sure to retain your parking stub. 

Once you have parked, you will proceed to the check-in location at East Quadrangle, 701 E. University Avenue (see directions below on how to travel from the parking structure to East Quadrangle). Check-in between 8:00-8:45 a.m. 

Parking rules are enforced Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, there is no charge to park at street meters or in the Forest Street Parking Structure.

Art Fair Parking for 2018

Parking for orientation during the 2018 Ann Arbor Art Fair (July 19-22) will be very difficult.  We recommend you arrive by 7:00 AM to secure a parking space in the Forest Street Parking Structure. In addition, during Art Fair there will be a flat fee of $15/day payable upon entry to park in the Forest Street Structure, rather than an hourly rate. 

Driving Directions to the Forest Street Structure

From the North (Flint):

  • Take US-23 South to M-14 (exit 45)
  • Take M-14 West to Exit 3 - Downtown Ann Arbor (exit turns into Main Street)
  • Take Main Street to Huron St. (approximately 1.5 miles)
  • Turn left (East) on Huron St. Huron St. will turn into Washtenaw Ave.
  • Take Washtenaw Ave. to S. Forest St. (approximately 2 miles). Turn right onto S. Forest St.
  • Take S. Forest Street two blocks, past the intersection of S. University Ave. The Forest Street Structure will be on your right.

From the East (Windsor, Detroit, and Airports):

  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street, travel approximately 2.5 miles
  • Turn right (East) onto Hill St.
  • Take Hill St. to Church St. Turn left onto Church St. 
  • Go 1 block to Willard St. Turn right onto Willard St.
  • Take Willard St. one block to Forest St. Turn left onto Forest St.
  • The Forest Street Structure will be on your left.

From the South (Toledo):

  • Take US-23 North to I-94 West (exit 35)
  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street, travel approximately 2.5 miles
  • Turn right (East) onto Hill St.
  • Take Hill St. to Church St. Turn left onto Church St.
  • Go 1 block to Willard St. Turn right onto Willard St.
  • Take Willard St. one block to Forest St. Turn left onto Forest St.
  • The Forest Street Structure will be on your left.

From the West (Jackson):

  • Take I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn left (North) on State Street, travel approximately 2.5 miles
  • Turn right (East) onto Hill St.
  • Take Hill St. to Church St. Turn left onto Church St.
  • Go one block to Willard St. Turn right onto Willard St.
  • Take Willard St. one block to Forest St. Turn left onto Forest St.
  • The Forest Street Structure will be on your left.
Walking Directions from the Forest Street Structure to East Quadrangle

 

  • Exit the Forest Street Structure at the Forest Street exit.
  • Travel south (right) on Forest Street to Williard St.
  • Travel west (right) on Willard St. for two blocks to E. University Avenue. (You will see East Quadrangle after only 1 block, however do not attempt to enter East Quadrangle from any of the Church Street or Williard Street entrances. You must enter East Quadrangle from the East University Avenue ramp entrance).
  • Turn left on E. University Ave.
  • East Quadrangle will be on your left. Proceed to the entrance with the ramp to enter the building. 

 

Airport Information & Discounted Airfare

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is the nearest major airport to Ann Arbor. It is located approximately 20 miles east of Ann Arbor.

Delta Airlines will provide a discount from any point of origin that Delta Airlines services in the United States and Canada to Detroit Metropolitan Airport for all new Michigan students and their families attending Summer Orientation. Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/meeting. Select “Book Your Flight” and enter the meeting code (not yet determined) in the box provided.

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328- 1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.

*Please note that Delta charges a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

The University of Michigan is not responsible for delays, cancelled flights, damaged or lost belongings, personal injury or loss of life due to any incident involving Delta Airlines. As part of this arrangement, and to help offset orientation program costs, the University receives promotional tickets that are used solely for normal University business travel.

If you purchase your tickets from a travel agent using this discount program, you or your agent must make the reservations through Delta Airlines. The Office of New Student Programs provides this arrangement with Delta Airlines as a convenience for new students.

Airline Bidding Systems

ONSP strongly recommends that you do not use airline ticket services that do not allow you to pick specific arrival and departure times. If you cannot choose specific travel times, you may end up with an itinerary that causes you to miss a portion of the orientation program. You are required to attend the full orientation program, and we may require that you attend another program if you cannot do so. Do not purchase a ticket where the company determines flight times. We will not make any special accommodations, and ONSP will not be responsible for costs associated with attending another orientation program and/or booking another flight.

Getting to Ann Arbor from Detroit Metropolitan Airport

There are many shuttle services and cab companies that provide door-to-door service from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to East Quadrangle in Ann Arbor. A list of these services will be available online at the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Returning to the Airport After Orientation

If you are making travel arrangements for your student, most students finish registering for classes by noon on the third day of their orientation programs. If you plan to fly home with your student, we recommend you do not make return flight/travel arrangements prior to 3:00 p.m. due to traffic and/or airport security check-in.  If your student is auditioning for Marching Band, do not make return flight/travel arrangements prior to 5:00 pm as the ending time varies.

Other Means of Travel

Ann Arbor is accessible by both Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus.

To inquire about train schedules or make reservations, you can call 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or you can book online at www.amtrak.com.

The telephone number for Greyhound is 800-231-2222 or you can book online at www.greyhound.com.

For directions from the train station or bus depot to your orientation check-in location, please contact our office at (734) 764-6413.

 

Please Note: If you are making travel arrangements for your student, most students finish registering for classes by noon on the third day of their orientation programs. If you plan to travel home with your student, we recommend you do not make return travel arrangements prior to 3:00 p.m. due to traffic and/or airport security check-in.  If your student is auditioning for Marching Band, do not make return travel arrangements prior to 7:00 pm as the ending time varies.