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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is convenient, campus and city buses are free for students and usually come close to their scheduled times. Campus buses usually don't have a wait period past 30 minutes, except on weekends. North Campus commuters should always plan for an extra 30 minute wait

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are usually pretty reliable. I lived on North Campus last year and the longest I waited for a bus was 25 minutes.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are many transportation options at school. However, the best way to get around town would be the public city buses, and the campus shuttles. The campus shuttles literally get you everywhere around campus. The city buses would be the nest best option for you go to places such as the nearest mall.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Most everything is walking distance but when you need to go to north, take a blue bus. Only problem is they aren't always reliable about timing.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: A lot of the time the apps to tell you the times for the university buses are completely wrong and you'll end up just missing your bus or waiting another 10-15 minutes. There's not enough buses that cover South Campus, or enough stops. The city buses are pretty good but they stop running at kind of weird times so always check for that so you don't get stranded somewhere. Night ride is available, but only from university locations like the library or whatever. The ann arbor cabs are relatively reliable, though there's quite a few services so I'm not sure if that applies to all of them.


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Given Michigan's expansive campus, it is relatively easy to get from point A to point B. Though buses are available when needed, walking is Michigan's best mode of transportation. Most classes are no more than a 10-minute walk apart, and the University's "Michigan Time" policy allots walking time into even the busiest of schedules. Biking popularity is also on the rise. Local bicycle stores comply with the University's academic calendar, renting out bikes by the semester. Recent installations of bike racks outside of many campus buildings also encourage this mode of transportation. University bus stops are conveniently located near most major University facilities, some routes even making stops in nearby off-campus neighborhoods. Though arrival times can be unpredictable, interactive touch-screen maps are installed in a number of bus stops to track the shuttles as they move through their routes. These maps can also be accessed through the "MBus" iPhone app. Students often complain about the lack of University-provided buses on the weekends, and the jam-packed late-night shuttles back to North Campus. Ann Arbor's public transportation is even more unreliable, running at odd hours and often requiring transfers. If you find yourself in need of a ride outside of Ann Arbor, finding a car (or looking into renting a Zipcar) will be worth your while. Fortunately, however,most—if not all—necessities can be found right on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walking
  • Biking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs between $50 and $60.
  • Ann Arbor Airport Shuttle – (734) 699-8500
  • Ann Arbor Metro Shuttle – (734) 507-9220
  • Select Ride – (734) 662-4444
  • The University provides shuttles to students (must have a valid student ID) for $7. These shuttles are only offered during academic breaks and stop at a number of campus sites before heading to the Detroit Metro Airport.
Local Taxi Services
Blue Cab, Yellow Cab, Amazing Blue Taxi

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Night Ride
(734) 647-8000
Monday–Friday 11 p.m.–6 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 7 p.m.–7:30 a.m.
S.A.F.E. Walk
(734) 647-8000
Daily 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
(734) 647-8000
Daily 2 a.m.–7 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Magic Bus

The bus stops every 10 minutes at points scattered throughout South Campus (athletic facilities), Central Campus, and North Campus.

(734) 764-3427

Public TransitWhat's This?

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA or "The Ride")

There are more than 1,500 bus stops located around campus.

(745) 996-0400

(745) 973-6500 business office

(745) 973-6997 TDD

331 S. Fourth Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Detroit Metro is only 20 miles east of campus, approximately 30 minutes away.

2500 World Gateway Place, Wayne

(734) 247-7678 or (734) AIRPORT

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus terminal is in downtown Ann Arbor, approximately 10 blocks from campus.

116 W. Huron St.

(734) 662-5511

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak train station is near downtown Ann Arbor, about one mile from the Union and Central Campus.

325 Depot St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 241 responses

  • 68% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 27% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 241 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 2% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 68% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 28% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 120 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 120 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 119 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 242 responses

  • 52% Very easy.
  • 45% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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