Pray-Harrold Building, Eastern Michigan University

Pray-Harrold Building, Eastern Michigan University

Travel, Housing and Meal Info

PhoenixPhest Grande is held on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. Ypsilanti is adjacent to Ann Arbor and about 45 miles from Detroit. Activities take place in the Alexander Music Building and Pray-Harrold classroom building (a 5-minute walk).

Getting here

By Air: The nearest airport is Detroit Metro (DTW). The airport is approximately 20 miles away from Ypsilanti. You can rent a car at the airport or arrange for ground transportation via taxi or limo. Click here for more info.

By Car: The Alexander Building is located at the corner of Lowell and E. Circle Drive. The building does not have a street address. Google map here. Parking is available in the Ford Commuter Lot across the street from the Alexander Building. A pass for the week ($5) may be purchased from the parking attendant upon arrival Monday morning. If you miss the attendant, you can purchase a pass in the music department office, Alexander Room N-101. Parking is also available in the guest lot right in front of the building. It is metered, with a maximum fee of $8 per day.

Planning your travel: We begin each day with morning meeting at 9:00 a.m. If you are commuting please make sure to allow adequate driving time so that you are on time for the meeting, since important announcements are often made at that time. If you are coming from farther away you should aim to arrive the day before your classes start. The Alexander Building will be open Sunday afternoon for early check-in, or you can check in Monday morning. Details will be provided in your participant handbook which is emailed at the end of June.

Meals: Lunch

Lunch can be purchased at the Eagle Cafe in the Alexander Building, at The Commons (campus cafeteria), or in restaurants off campus. There are several restaurants within walking distance, all with carry-out, some with delivery (see Restaurant Guide). You are also welcome to bring a box lunch.

Meals: Breakfast + Dinner

Breakfast and dinner are available in The Commons by advance purchase only. Please use the dorm reservation form below. (If you are not staying in the dorm, just enter zero for the number of nights you are staying.)


There are many other events, conventions etc. happening during this week and hotel space is at a premium. We urge you to make your arrangements as soon as possible.

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites, which is a 10-minute drive from EMU campus. Our discount rate is $125/night, which includes breakfast, wi-fi, and a shuttle to EMU (if needed). To get the discount rate, just call the hotel at 734-973-6100 and let them know you are coming to PhoenixPhest. The deadline for reservations at the discount rate is June 30, 2017.

Here are some other options at various price points. We do not have special arrangements with any of them; this list is just for your convenience.


  • Dorms are located within easy walking distance of our classroom buildings.
  • Parking lot next to dorms is available for $8/day.
  • Rooms share a bathroom with one other room and are not air conditioned. Michigan summers can be hot; you may wish to bring a fan.
  • We do not have “teen dorms” or supervised evening activities aside from the faculty concerts. Students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian staying with them.
  • Optional meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only. See above for lunch options.
  • Breakfast and dinner are served in The Commons, a short walk from dorms and classroom buildings

Reserve your dorm room

  • (must be over 18 or staying with an adult)
  • Please enter a value between 0 and 11.
  • For dorm residents only. Other parking info will be in the participant handbook, coming in July.
    Price: $8.00 Quantity:
  • Price: $17.00 Quantity:
  • (Optional) if you have any dietary restrictions please let us know in advance.
  • If you reserved a double, please let us know the name of your roommate.
  • $0.00
  • American Express