School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041



We hope you’ll join us for many performances this season, and we’ve made doing so even easier with the elimination of service charges for all tickets.

Events are subject to cancellation or change, please be sure to check our website calendar for current performance information. Many of our shows sell out, and only an advance ticket purchase guarantees your seat. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Varner Hall, on the OU campus, is surrounded by ample free parking.

How to Order


Advance general admission tickets for most events are available through Star Tickets at (800) 585-3737. All credit cards accepted. The Varner Box Office can also take orders Tuesday – Friday, 3 – 6 p.m. at (248) 370-3013. Students must show their ID when picking up discounted tickets.


To purchase tickets online without a service fee, visit and search for the name of your event. All credit cards accepted. Tickets purchased online will be held at the venue box office at no additional charge. Students must show their ID when picking up discounted tickets.

On the go

Using an app on your mobile device, download the Star Tickets mobile experience for your Android device free of charge. Apple iPhone or iPad users will be prompted to bookmark the mobile site on their first visit to Search for the name of your event. 

In person

Tickets are available at two locations on the Oakland University campus:

  • At the box office in Varner Hall. The box office is located on the west end of Varner Hall, outside of the Recital Hall performance space. Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 3 - 6 p.m. from September 23 through May 19. Tickets are also sold one hour before each performance, subject to availability. There is an auxiliary box office located on the east end of Varner Hall, outside the Studio Theatre performance space, which is open only one hour prior to Studio Theatre events.
  • At the Center for Student Activities service window in the Oakland Center using cash, checks, credit cards and SpiritCash. The CSA service window is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m starting on September 3.

Group sales

Discounts are available to groups of 20 or more who pre-book their visit to any Music, Theatre or Dance performance. You are strongly encouraged to make reservations well in advance, as many of our shows sell out. For information call the box office manager at (248) 370-4578.

Box office hours

The Varner Box Office is during the academic year from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and one hour before performances. The Box Office is located in the west end of Varner Hall by the Recital Hall entrance. A box office is open near Varner Studio Theatre one hour before performances in that venue. 

Many of our events sell out, so please call the box office for information about same-day availability.


Oakland University is located in southeastern Michigan between Flint and Detroit. The 1,441-acre campus actually extends into two cities — Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, between Adams Road and Squirrel Road, just south of Walton Boulevard.

Take I-75 to exit 79 and go east on University Drive to the main entrance of campus. Or, take M-59 to the Squirrel Road exit and go north to the main entrance of campus at the corner of University Drive. 

Varner Hall, which is located on Pioneer Drive in the southwest quadrant of campus.

For more information, see the online campus map

If you wish to use your smart phone map to find us search for "Varner Hall."  

Free parking is available in several lots adjacent to Varner Hall, including lots 36, 26 and 24. More information on parking at OU.

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