Michigan Public Health is located on the eastern side of U-M's iconic campus — right next to Michigan's top-ranked medical school and health system, as well as Nichols Arboretum and the Huron River. We're within walking distance of U-M's top schools of business, law, public policy, nursing, natural resources, and social work. Being part of one of the world's greatest public universities that attracts talented students and faculty from around globe provides a diverse and lively campus environment. There are more than 1,400 student organizations at U-M and a countless amount of activities and events to get engaged and involved in on campus and in the community.
The City of Ann Arbor
A mixture of small-town charm and big-city sophistication makes SPH’s hometown of Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the country. Ann Arbor’s unique mix of small town charm with the vibrancy of a metropolitan city, thriving economy, and lower cost of living compared to cities where other top schools of public health are located creates one the most desirable college towns in the nation.
Our 29 square miles boast over 158 parks, a clean and reliable public transportation system (U-M students ride free on most routes), vibrant arts and culture, and an eclectic downtown collection of restaurants, galleries, stores and cafes. Ann Arbor IS the quintessential college town experience with a diverse, intelligent and conscientious community.
Ann Arbor is also known for hosting famous arts and cultural attractions, which include the nationally renowned Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Celebrated musicians from all over the world regularly come to town to perform in the university’s world-class music venues.
You can also catch a football game at the nation's largest stadium, also known as the Big House, or watch any of the other 26 nationally-recognized varsity sports teams, many of which offer free or reduced-price admission for U-M students.
Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan airport, less than an hour from the city of Detroit, and less than five hours from Chicago, Ann Arbor is easy to reach by car, bus, train, or plane. Once you're here, the Interactive Campus Map, can help you find your way around.
Driving Directions and Parking
Driving from the northeast: take M-14 until Exit 8 (US-23 South). Continue on US-23 until Exit 37B (Washtenaw-Ann Arbor). You will then be heading west on Washtenaw. Stay in the right lane for approximately 1.5 miles. Washtenaw turns at an angle to the right (the center and left lanes will continue forward and becomes Stadium) Continue on Washtenaw until you reach campus. Turn right onto Observatory and go through the stoplight at Geddes to the next road on your right, Washington Heights.
Driving from the north: take US-23 South until Exit 45 for M-14 West. Continue on M-14 until Exit 3 for Downtown Ann Arbor. Turn left onto East Huron Street. Continue on Huron and make a left onto North Ingalls. After one block, turn right onto Ann Street. After 3 blocks, the road turns to your right and becomes Observatory. Go through the stoplight and the next road on your left is Washington Heights.
Driving from the west: take I-94 East until Exit 177 (State Street). From the exit turn left onto State Street. Continue on State Street until Hill Street. Turn right onto Hill to Forest Avenue (fourth street from intersection). At Hill/Forest, there is a small island. Make a sweeping left turn onto Forest Avenue. Once on Forest Avenue, pass through two lights and at this point the road curves to your right and becomes Observatory. Go through the next stoplight and the next road on your right is Washington Heights.
Parking: Parking is available near the School of Public Health at visitor parking structures, including the Palmer Drive structure (entrance off Washtenaw Avenue) and University Hospital Parking (entrance off E. Medical Center Drive). Parking close to the School of Public Health is limited. Some metered street parking is available on Observatory and Washington Heights streets. Weekends and evenings, you may park in the UM faculty/staff parking lots on Washington Heights Street. Detailed parking information is available at the Parking and Transportation Services site.
Air, Bus, and Train
- Bell Tower (within walking distance to campus), 800-562-3559
- Holiday Inn North (near I-23, a 10-minute drive to campus, offers a free shuttle for guests), 734-769-9800
- Courtyard Marriott, 888-685-7632
- Kensington Court (near I-94, a 10-minute drive to campus), 800-344-7829
For a complete list of hotels in the area please visit visitannarbor.org.