The main part of the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus, in central Ann Arbor. Central Campus includes the original 1840s campus, the area known as The Diag, bounded by State Street and North, East, and South University Avenues, although only one building remains from that period (the President's House, on South University just east of State). Today Central Campus has expanded in almost every direction from that space---its boundaries now stretch to Huron Street in the north, Washtenaw Avenue or Observatory and Church Street in the east, Hill Street in the south, and Thompson Street in the west.
Central Campus is home to most colleges of the University, except for the fine arts and engineering schools, which are on North Campus, and the medical and nursing schools, which are on the nearby Medical Campus. Most athletic facilities, including both training and game facilities, are on the South or Athletic Campus, though the Kinesiology department and a gym remain on Central. Most administrative offices of the University are also on Central Campus, except for Payroll and business offices, which are in Wolverine Tower, near Briarwood Mall.
Many AATA routes serve some part of Central Campus, in addition to the routes run by the University's own bus service. Most routes either serve North University Avenue and count the Exhibit Museum and C C Little Building as a major timepoint (1U, 2, 12UL, 12UM), or serve State Street and take the Michigan Union and Art Museum as the major timepoint (6, 36). Route 5 runs down Thompson Street.
There are nearly five dozen buildings on Central Campus, ranging from academic to administrative to residential. A few of the most important or most notable:
- Angell/Mason/Haven/Tisch --- four named halls that have been stitched into one building. Contains several major departments of the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts, as well as temporary offices of the College itself while the LS&A building is under construction, and the school's largest computer lab, known as The Fishbowl.
- Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library --- flagship of the University Library System and main library for upper-division texts in literature and the humanities.
- Harold T and Vivian B Shapiro Undergraduate Library --- home to the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, holding lower-division texts in a wide array of subjects, the Askwith Media Library, holding millions of films, DVDs, and other non-print media, and the Shapiro Science Library, holding upper-division texts in math and the sciences
- Michigan Union
- Michigan League --- built as the Women's Union, now home to a small cafeteria, the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, and a hotel.
- Power Center, Ann Arbor's premier large performance venue.
- Law Quad
- Fleming Administration Building
- Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
- Hill Auditorium, another large performance venue