WMU-Grand Rapids, Downtown Location

Facilities and technology

The downtown location is situated in the historic Cherry Street Landing district, two blocks south of the Van Andel Arena. This exceptional facility features a cyber cafe, a multi-functional Grand Hall, classrooms, a computing lab for online research, a compressed video/distance education classroom, and offices for faculty, advisors and administrative staff. The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, a community based counseling clinic, is also housed at the Downtown location.

Downtown parking

City parking lots

The Cherry/Commerce city parking ramp, located across from WMU on Cherry Street, is available for daytime or evening parking. This is a totally automated ramp so please follow directions carefully when handling your payment. When you enter the ramp you will receive a ticket and you can pay when you leave.

Benefits when using these city lots:  The city's red Parking Services Security Service vehicles patrol these lots during the day and the evening. The city provides an optional, but free, escort service to your car after class, and they will help with dead car batteries. Lots are kept plowed and salted. Please check at the WMU Security Desk Downtown for more information.

Free parking

On-street parking meters are available within one block of the WMU-Grand Rapids, Downtown location. Ionia Avenue and Cherry Street offer several spaces with parking meters. After 6 p.m. these metered spaces are free, but they fill up fast. Use common sense when storing valuable personal property in your vehicle.


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  • WMU-Grand Rapids downtown building interior
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