Parking guide



Parking permits are required to park in campus lots, and are available at different price points. Blue parking permits are most common, as the majority of lots require blue permits. There are also gold parking permits with access to premium spots, and yellow and orange permits for parking lots on more peripheral areas of the campus. Permits are purchased through Parking and Transportation Services

Blue Parking Options

Blue Parking lots in close proximity to 400 NIB and SNB are:
  • Surface lots are available immediately adjacent to the 400 NIB & SNB (lots M65, M66, M96) 
  • Glen Parking Structure (M61) which has a covered walkway connecting the parking structure to the 300/400 NIB.
  • Wall Street Parking Structure (M93) and adjacent surface lots. You can walk (a distance of just under one mile) or take the Wall Street-NIB bus.The bus runs every 11 minutes, 6am – 7pm, Monday through Friday. 
These parking structures are also located within walking distance of the 400NIB and SNB. They tend to fill by 9:30 a.m., with Catherine, Ann and Glen filling earliest, and Thayer filling the latest. 
  • Catherine Parking Structure (M5)
  • Ann Parking Structure (M86)
  • Fletcher Parking Structure (N13)
  • Palmer Structure (N26)
  • Thayer Structure (N4)

Yellow & Orange Parking Options

Yellow and orange lots are located at the periphery of campus.  These lots are served by free bus shuttle service to campus.  

Bus Options

University buses are free to the general public. In addition, any member of the University community with a yellow MCard can ride Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AAATA) routes free of charge. Simply show or swipe your valid MCard when you board the bus.
There are a number of park and ride locations around Ann Arbor: Plymouth and Green roads, on the north side, Dexter on the west side, and Pioneer high school and State street on the south side. These are free lots served by AAATA buses with direct service to campus. The Plymouth Road and the Green Road park and ride are also served by U-M's North-East Shuttle.
AAATA also offers a commuter express ride from Canton and from Chelsea to the U-M campus. 
If you are unsure about which bus to take, Parking & Transportation Services recommends navigating to and using the Directions Tool.  Be sure to specify "transit" as your mode of travel. 
Additional information on bus routes and schedules for U-M Bus and AAATA Bus is available. 

Carpool and Vanpool

Parking & Transportation Services supports alternative transportation options such as carpools and vanpools.  Currently there are a number of open vanpools
Users participating in a vanpool are eligible for the Emergency Ride Home program, which provides a no cost taxi ride to your vehicle, home, hospital, or child care provider in the case of an emergency.
Find out more information on these alternative transportation options, including a website to help you find a ride-sharing partner or open vanpool.