Staying in Detroit

det1Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus

[Latin: “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes”]

Welcome to Detroit, a city that is arguably redefining urban sustainability in the United States, even as it recovers from decades of hubris and neglect. As you visit Wayne State University’s campus in the heart of Midtown Detroit, we urge you to stay awhile and take the time to discover the city’s relentless vibe for yourself.

Places to stay: We recommend the Inn on Ferry Street, which is within 10 minutes walking distance of the conference venue. You could also stay at the Hotel St. Regis, in the nearby New Center area, about a mile or so away. Several other hotels are close by in the downtown area (about 2 miles from Wayne State’s campus); you can see a complete listing of downtown hotels HERE.

How to get around: You can call a taxi (check out Checker Cabs), but Uber cars are also freely available. Uber is especially a great resource if you plan on visiting downtown Detroit, or any of the nearby suburbs like Dearborn, Ferndale, or Royal Oak for a night out. Midtown Detroit is fairly walkable, and quite safe. The helpline for Wayne State Police is (313) 577-2222, and the department has a ridiculously fast response time (under 2 minutes!). Wayne State was recently ranked among the Top 50 safest college campuses in the country.

Things to do while you’re here: The world-famous Detroit Institute of Art (hosting a special exhibit on Rembrandt presently) is a stone’s throw from campus, as is the (free admission) Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and lavish Detroit Public Library. On Saturday, Sep. 12, Midtown’s annual Dally in the Alley will be in full swing, with local bands, art, and great food! There are a number of great restaurants and bars in the Midtown area, within walking distance, to suit all budgets and tastes, from casual to hipster to high-end. If you can also squeeze in a visit to vibrant Campus Martius Park downtown, or to tour the magnificent skyscrapers, or walk along the riverfront, or dash off to Belle Isle, it would be well worth your time!

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Believe us, we haven’t even begun to cover all the amazing stuff you can do in this town. So, go ahead, discover a bit of Detroit while you’re with us here at Wayne State, and feel free to ask us any questions. 🙂


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