The Institute will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan from November 10th through 12th, 2017.

All workshops/courses are held in the University of Michigan Student Union, which is located at 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (map). Additional, informal events are hosted in various co-ops in the ICC Ann Arbor system.


Some free housing is available in local community homes and student housing co-ops. If you are interested in this option, you must fill out the application for community housing during registration. These spaces are limited, so please apply early. Housing cannot be guaranteed for attendees who register after October 30th.

For groups who prefer to forego the offered free housing and organize their own accommodations, we recommend booking with airbnb.com, homeaway.com, or a hotel booking site like hotels.com

Additionally, NASCO has reserved a block of rooms at an Ann Arbor hotel for the evenings of November 11th and 12th. While the hotel is 3.8 miles from the venue, it is one of the most affordable options in the area and they provide a free shuttle service to the conference venue. These rooms must be booked directly from the hotel, at the expense of the attendee, by October 10, 2017. To book these rooms, please see below:

Ann Arbor Regent
2455 Carpenter Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
p: 734-973-6100
f: 734-973-6142
Group code: NASCO17
Online Booking link: here
Two Queen Size Beds: $119 per night

In the event that the hotel listed above is fully booked, we recommend the following hotels:

The Graduate Ann Arbor
615 E Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
p: 734-769-2200

The Michigan League
911 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
p: 734-764-0446

Four Points By Sheraton
3200 Boardwalk St.
Ann Arbor, MI
p: 734-996-0600

The Bell Tower Hotel
300 South Thayer
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
p: 734-769-3010

Ann Arbor Area Bed & Breakfast Association


Accessibility and Childcare Needs

If concerns about accessibility needs or lack of childcare are a barrier to your attendence at Institute, please reach out to NASCO staff at info@nasco.coop. For accessibility concerns please include details of your needs and what accomodations you are requesting. If you are in need of childcare in Ann Arbor, NASCO can provide family friendly housing and up to $450 to cover childcare costs. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet requests submitted after the registration deadline on October 30th.


Getting to Ann Arbor


From East or West, take I-94 to the State Street exit (#177).  Go North on State Street for about 3 1/2 miles. The Michigan Union will be on your left, just past the intersection of State and South University streets.
From the South, take Route 23 to the I-94 Exit. Go west on I-94 (toward Chicago). Get off at the State Street exit and continue as above for East/West.
From North, take Route 23 to the “Downtown Ann Arbor” exit. Go South on Main Street to William St. (not Huron) and turn left. Go East on William until it dead-ends at State Street. Turn right.  The Union will be on the right, just before the stop sign at the State Street and South University intersection.
There is visitor parking available on Thompson Street directly behind the Union in a University parking structure and adjacent metered lots. Metered parking is available on all streets surrounding the Union.


Ann Arbor is serviced by Greyhound. If your bus does not stop at the Union, you will be dropped at the Greyhound terminal on Huron Street. As you come out the front door, turn left on Huron and walk three or four blocks to State Street. Turn right on State Street and walk for four blocks to the Michigan Union at the intersections of State and South University. A cab will cost about six dollars.


For rail information, contact AMTRAK or ViaRail. Ann Arbor’s train station is located a mile from campus, so Institute registrants may want to arrange for a pick-up at the station or should use a cab.


Ann Arbor is serviced by the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan (a 25 minute drive from Ann Arbor).
A taxi will cost about $50. There are also a number of shuttles that provide service to Ann Arbor:


In order to keep transportation costs low, we encourage our participants to use low-cost travel alternatives (buses, trains, carpools) whenever possible. In an effort to facilitate the formation of carpools between different attendees, we've created a rideshare board using a third-party website. To use this board, please follow this link to post a ride or join a waitlist for future rides.

NOTE: For obvious reasons, NASCO cannot be liable for people's experiences arranging rideshares or travelling to/from Institute (with others or alone). We advise our attendees to use best judgement when travelling with people who they don't know.


If you require a formal letter of invitation to attend the conference, for visa application or immigration purposes, please send a request to liz@nasco.coop with your full legal name, date of birth, country of origin, address, and telephone number. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a visa or be granted entry to the United States, but we are happy to provide an invitation to facilitate your visa application and/or immigration processes.