How to Find Us

The main University of Michigan campus is in Ann Arbor, 40 miles west of Detroit. Ann Arbor combines the charm of a small city with the sophistication of cities many times its size. Regarded as a cultural center of the Midwest, it offers numerous opportunities for recreation and enjoyment.

Department of Physics
University of Michigan
450 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1040
734.764.4437 Voice
734.763.9694 Fax

The Department of Physics offices are located in Randall Laboratory and West Hall.
View the official U-M visitor's web site
Download a printable U-M campus map

Traveling to and from Ann Arbor:

  • Car:
    Please click on the map to obtain personalized driving directions.

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  • Air:
    Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW, aka Metro-Wayne County) is the closest airport servicing all major airline carriers domestically and internationally. It is located approximately 25 miles east of Ann Arbor.
    Taxis, shuttles, and rental car agencies are available. Driving time to Ann Arbor from the Detroit Metro Airport is approximately 30-40 minutes assuming no traffic hold-ups.
  • Bus:
    The Ann Arbor Greyhound terminal is one block east of Main Street, approximately one mile from Central Campus and three miles from North Campus. A taxi ride from the terminal to any destination in Ann Arbor would cost at the most $10.00 (including tip). The Greyhound bus service offers travel service to different cities around the country, for information please call 800.231.2222.
    116 West Huron
    Phone: 734.662.5511
    Office Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday-Sunday 10 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Train:
    Amtrak is a national train operation with many stops. The train station is on Depot Street about a mile away from the Michigan Union on Central Campus. Trains operate 24 hours a day and many cabs wait for passengers in case a ride is needed. Amtrak recommends that you call their toll free number 800.872.7245 for route and price information.
  • Taxi and car rental:
    Please visit the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a complete listing of cab and car rental companies available in the area.

Getting around campus:
All buildings on Central Campus are within walking distance. University buses with frequent stops on South, Central, Medical, and North campuses run 7 days per week year round. For complete route information and schedules, please click here.

Parking in Ann Arbor:
Metered parking is available throughout town for $1/hour. Most street meters are enforced Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. There are also parking structures in many locations. Rates for most parking structures are $0.40/half hour.

University parking facilities are identified by signs posted at the entrances indicating the location number, parking tier, permits required, and enforcement hours. The signs also indicate whether visitor parking is permitted. The university has a few metered visitor spaces. On Central Campus, a good place to search for short-term parking is the metered visitor lot next to the Thompson St. parking structure, near Madison. Between the Central and Medical campuses, 
try the Palmer Drive Parking Structure.

Unless otherwise posted, U-M staff lots and structures in the Central Campus area allow free public parking (except during special events) Mon.-Sat. after 6 p.m. and all day Sun. Exceptions are the Fletcher St., Palmer Dr., and Thayer St. structures, open to the public after 10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and all day Sun., and the Coliseum lot on Hill St. at Division, open to the public Mon.-Fri. after 5 p.m. and all day Sat. & Sun.

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