The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

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Getting Here

Location, directions, parking, and more

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is located at 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 in the historic quarter of Arizona State University, just Southeast of University Club and Old Main. 

The closest parking is the Fulton Center Parking Structure on the Northeast corner of University Dr and College Ave (300 E. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281), less than a five minute walk away

The closest light-rail stop is College Avenue and Veterans Way, about a ten minute walk away.

To learn more about getting here, you can view the information below. You can also view an interactive map of Arizona State University or download a campus map.

Directions and Parking

ASU is located just a few minutes off the Loop 202 via exit 6 or 7 (Priest Drive / Center Parkway and Scottsdale Rd / Rural Rd, respectively).

Park in the Fulton Center Parking Structure off University Blvd (just east of College Ave on the North Side of University). The Fulton Center is the closest lot to the Center and less than 5 minutes away. Please note that, while parking in the Fulton Garage is generally available, it can become more difficult during football games or other local events.

Parking is $3 an hour or $15 all day Monday through Friday and free on the weekends.

If the Fulton Lot is full, we recommend Visitor Lot 67 off S Forest Ave near the University Towers garage or Visitor Lot 20 on S Mill Ave and W 9th St. Outside of these lots, parking at ASU can be difficult and time-consuming.

Please be aware that ASU and the City of Tempe are also extremely vigilant about parking enforcement, ticketing, and towing.

For more information about parking, you can visit ASU's page about parking on the Tempe campus

Light Rail and Public Transit

Valley Metro light rail service is available throughout Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa (with additional service to and from Sky Harbor International Airport at 44th St and Washington).

Our light rail stop is College Ave and Veterans Way. To get to the Piper Center from this stop, simply walk south down College Avenue until you come to the traffic light at University Blvd. Arizona State University will be directly in front of you. Cross University Blvd and head slightly left / southeast, where you’ll see a large fountain in the middle of a plaza. University Club will be located on your left to the east. Old Main will be located in front of you to the south. The Piper Writers House is located between these two buildings to the southeast just a few hundred feet away.

Local public transportation options include Orbit shuttle servicesGRID bicycle rentals, or the bus.

For more information about public transportation, download a Valley Metro system mapview the light rail schedule, or visit the Valley Metro website. You can also visit the Transportation page at Arizona State University.

On-Campus Location & Directions

The Piper Writers House is located in a small historic building on the Northwest corner of Palm Walk and Tyler Mall. 

Our closest buildings are:

  • University Club and Old Main to the Northwest
  • Wexler Hall to the West across Palm Walk
  • Life Sciences to the North across Tyler Mall


From the North: College Ave, University Dr, 5th St, Fulton Parking Structure

If you are coming from the North end of campus (Fulton Parking Structure, University Dr, College Ave):

  • Walk South down College Ave passing the Fulton Center on your left and the All Saints Catholic Newman Center on your right.
  • Cross University Dr
  • Take a slight left at the ASU Charter heading West. University Dr will be to your left; the Language and Literature building will be on your right
  • Walk South down the lawn in front of Old Main. Old Main will be directly in front of you to the South; University Club will be on your left to the East; Language and Literature will be on your right to the West.
  • Take a slight left at the Fountain heading Southeast down a small diagonal path in between University Club and Old Main. The Piper Writers House will be on your left. 

Alternatively, instead of taking a slight left towards Old Main and University Club to the West:

  • Continue straight at the ASU Charter and walk South down Cady Mall. The Language and Literature building on your left; Wrigley Hall, Cowden Family Resources Building, and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change will be on on your right.
  • Take a left at Tyler Mall past a small fountain. The Language and Literature Building and Old Main will be on your left; the Social Sciences Building and Life Sciences will be on your right. The Piper Writers House will be on your left. 

If you are coming from further East (University Bridge, Sun Devil Stadium, Wells Fargo Arena, Veterans Way):

  • Walk South across the University Bridge.
  • Continue South on Palm Walk. Wexler Hall will be on your left; Health Services will be on your right).
  • Take a right at Tyler Mall heading west. Life Sciences will be on your left. The Piper Writers House will be on your right.


From the East: McAllister Ave, Tyler Street Structure

If you are coming from the East end of campus (McAllister Ave, Tyler Street Structure):

  • Walk West up Tyler Mall. The Noble Science Library and Engineering Center G will be on your left; the Goldwater Center for Science and Engineering, the Crepe Club, and Wexler Hall will be on your right.

  • Cross Palm WalkThe Piper Writers House will be on your right.

If you are coming from further South (Rural Road Parking Structure):

  • Walk North up McCallister Ave. Armstrong Hall, the Church of Latter Day Saints, and the Psychology Building will be on your left; the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 and the Biodesign Institute will be on your right)
  • Take a left on Tyler Mall heading West and follow the remaining directions above (from the East).

Alternatively, you can also:

  • Walk West down Orange St. Armstrong Hall, the Physical Education Building East, the Bookstore, and the Computing Commons will be on your left; the Church of Latter Day Saints, Schwada Classroom Office Building, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 1, and the Engineering Center will be on your right)
  • Take a right on Palm Walk heading North and follow the remaining directions below (from the South).


From the South: Apache Blvd

If you are coming from the South end of Campus (Apache Blvd):

  • Walk North up Palm Walk between the Apache Blvd Parking Structure on your left and the Sun Devil Fitness Center on your right. McCord Hall, the Physical Education Building West, and Murdock Hall will be on your left; the Intramural Fields, Computing Commons, and the Engineering buildings will be on your right).
  • Take a left at Tyler Mall heading West. The Life Sciences building will be on your left. The Piper Writers House will be on your right.

If you are coming from further West (College Ave)

  • Walk North up College Ave. Hayden Hall and Irish Hall will be on your left; the Apache Blvd Parking Structure will be on your right.
  • Cross Lemon St and continue North up Cady Mall. Discovery Hall, and the Interdisciplinary A and B buildings will be on your left; the Memorial Union will be on your right.
  • Cross Orange Mall and continue North up Cady Mall. Danforth Chapel, Hayden Library, and Matthews Center will be on your left; another part of Hayden Library and the Social Sciences building will be on your right.
  • Take a right at Tyler Mall and follow the remaining directions above.

If you are coming from even further West (Forest Ave)

  • Walk North up Forest Ave. Gammage Auditorium will be on your left; Hayden Hall, Best Hall, and Student Services will be on your right.
  • Cross Gammage Parkway follow the remaining directions below (from the West). 


From the West: Mill Ave, Visitor Parking Lot 20 or 14, 10th St Parking Structure

If you are coming from the West end of campus (Mill Ave, Myrtle Ave, Visitor Parking Lot 20 or 14, 10th St Parking Structure):

  • Walk East through the 10th St Structure. The Art Building and Neeb Hall will be on your left; the Stauffer Communication Building will be on your right
  • Cross Forest Mall and continue East down Tyler Mall. The Lyceum Theater and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change will be on your left; Matthews Hall and Matthew Center will be on your right.
  • Cross Cady Mall and continue East down Tyler Mall. The Language and Literature Building and Old Main will be on your left; the Social Sciences and Life Sciences Building will be on your right. The Piper Writers House will be on your left.

If you are coming from further South (10th St):

  • Walk East between Coor Hall on your left and Payne Hall on your right.
  • Take a left on Forest Mall heading North. Coor Hall, the Stauffer Communications Building, and Neeb Hall will be on your left; Gammage Hall, McClintock Hall, and Matthews Hall will be on your right.
  • Take a right on Tyler Mall heading East and follow the remaining directions above.

If you are coming from even further South (Gammage Parkway)

  • Walk East down Gammage Parkway, passing the Music Building, Education Lecture Hall, and Farmer Education Building on your left; Gammage Auditorium on your right.
  • Take a left on Forest Mall heading North and follow the remaining directions above.

 

Map of the Piper Center at ASU