Travel and Accommodation

The meeting will be held at Palmer Commons on the University of Michigan central Ann Arbor campus.

Guests can stay at a limited number of locations within walking distance. We have preferentially reserved local rooms for students and other guests who have limited travel funds. In most cases, we expect people to stay in the hotels near the Briarwood Mall complex, which is not within walking distance of campus. We will be running buses in the morning and evening to/from Palmer Commons and the Briarwood Hotels. 

Alternatively, you can call a cab or take the city bus 6 and 36. See here for the map and note that 36 does not operate on weekends. A single trip is $1.5, and the change is only returned with a fare card toward future trips.

For those who wish to drive and park, there is plentiful parking next to Palmer Commons. Typical rate is $1.4 per hour. Free street parking 6 pm to 8 am, Mon. to Sat. All city parking is free on Sunday, as is most university parking space, unless otherwise specified.

Campus Hotels (walking distance to the meeting and downtown)

The Inn at the Michigan League
911 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734)764-3177
One parking pass per room is included in the price of the room.  WiFi and Ethernet are free.  A $4.50 food coupon will be given to the guest each night to be used in one of our building food establishments. 

8 King Rooms
7 Double Rooms
Release date: April 10, 2015
Group Code: DES
Single Rate: $135
Double Rate: $145
Dates of room block: arriving Sunday, May 10, 2015 and departing Friday, May 15, 2015

Bell Tower Hotel
300 South Thayer Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Phone (734) 769-3010

7 DN Rooms
5 KN Rooms
3 QN Rooms
Release date:  April 20, 2015
Group 13229
Dates of room block: arriving Sunday May 10, 2015 and departing Friday May 15, 2015
DN:  $173
KN: $173
QN: $162

North Quad, Residence Hall (for Early Career Scientists or anyone on a tight budget)
105 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
Phone: 734-764-0206
(Scroll down and look under Online Room Reservations.  Click on DES Collaboration Meeting.)

Group Code: DES
Single: $55.75 (shared bathroom facilities in a suite of 4)
Double Suite: $152.00 (for 4 people. 2 rooms per double suite each with 2 twin beds. One bathroom facility /suite)
Dates of room block: arriving Sunday, May 10, 2015 and departing Saturday, May 16, 2015

Off-Campus Hotels (a bus will bring you into the meeting and back each day)

925 Victors Way
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
Fax: 734-665-1726

Event Name:  DES Collaboration Meeting
Rate:  $109
Dates of room block: arriving Sunday, May 10, 2015 and departing Saturday, May 15, 2015

3501 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48108

Release date:  April 10, 2015 
Group Name:  DES Meeting
Group Account:  2022110
Rate:  $84.99
Dates of room block: arriving Sunday, May 10, 2015 and departing Saturday, May 15, 2015

3155 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48109
Fax: 734-213-2700

Release date:  April 10, 2015
Group File Code:  UOFM
Group Event Number  1851 
Rate:  $109.99
Dates of room block: arriving Sunday, May 10, 2015 and departing Saturday, May 17, 2015


Fly into the Detroit's Metro Airport served by numerous US and international carriers, including direct flights from Europe.

Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW) is only 20 miles from Ann Arbor, about a 30 minute drive. Remember, airlines suggest arriving approximately 2 hours before your flight. Detroit is a major hubs for Delta, but is served by essentially all major airlines.  For more information, call 734-AIR–PORT (247–7678).

To get from the airport to Ann Arbor there are a number of taxi and limousine services you can choose from.  Cab fare is approximately $60.  Alternately, you can use AirRide, a shuttle service between the airport, the kensington court (off-campus accommodations above), and  the transit center in downtown Ann Arbor. This service runs 13 times during the day and is equipped with wireless internet service.  A one way ticket on AirRide is $15, however, if a reservation is made in advance the fare is reduced to $12.  The buses make a stop (kensington court) right in front of the off-campus accommodations recommended above. If you do not have too much baggage, the transit center is a reasonable walk from campus and on-campus hotels. 

Cabs can get you around Ann Arbor, but keep in mind that we are not a big city where you can hail a taxi at every corner. It is best to call at least one hour ahead in order to make sure that you arrive at your destination on time.  There is also a reasonably extensive bus service.

Finally, for those that use crowd-sourced taxis, both Uber and Lyft operate in Ann Arbor.

Bus and Train to Ann Arbor

Amtrak:  The Amtrak Station is located at 325 Depot Street within the city of Ann Arbor. See the Amtrak site for scheduling and tickets.
Greyhound:  The Greyhound Station is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 116 W. Huron Street. See the Greyhound site for scheduling and tickets.
Megabus:  This station is located on the University of Michigan’s campus at the State Street Commuter Parking lot. Tickets can be purchased at the Megabus site.