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Tips for Parking on Central Campus

Parking on Ann Arbor’s central campus can be challenging. Read below for some tips from the UMS team for reducing parking frustration before your performance.

Parking Locations

The Thayer Street structure and Fletcher Street structure are the most convenient parking garages located to our three main venues (Hill Auditorium, Rackham Auditorium, or the Power Center). Parking in these campus structures is $6, payable by debit or credit card only.

While the central campus venues are close to the parking structures, you will want to allow extra time to negotiate downtown Ann Arbor traffic and to find a space in the structure. We recommend arriving on campus 30 minutes prior to your performance start time.

Thayer Structure
Enter at 206 N Thayer Street
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Fletcher Street structure (connected to the Power Center)
Enter at 201 Fletcher St OR on Palmer Drive (see our “Pro Tip” below)
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Pro Tips

If your performance is on a Sunday, be aware that the streets around the venues can get backed up due to City of Ann Arbor street parking policies and allow extra time.

In Thayer: The Thayer Street structure requires stairs if you park on one of the “A” levels. To avoid stairs entirely, park on a level that just has the number (level 2, level 3, etc.)

In Fletcher: If you are on Fletcher Street, there are two different entrances to the Fletcher Street structure, one for event parking and one for the Dental School. Make sure that you go down the ramp when entering off of Fletcher Street for event parking.

The University also has parking attendants on the back side of the Fletcher Street structure, with an entrance off of Washtenaw on Palmer Drive. Avoid the lines and traffic by using this entrance instead — simply put Palmer Drive, Ann Arbor into your maps and you’ll enter the same Fletcher Street structure, but on level 2 instead of level 5. Elevators are located on the south side of the structure, or you can take the stairs on the north side.

If you want to park at no cost and are willing and able to walk a few blocks, we recommend the Thompson Street structure, about an 8-10 minute walk from Hill Auditorium and free after 5 pm and on weekends.

Thompson Street structure
500 Thompson Street
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