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Public Transportation

Metrorail (Red Line) & AU Shuttle Bus
From the Tenleytown/AU Metrorail red line east exit (escalator or elevator), simply walk straight ahead 100 feet to the bus stops at the corner of Albemarle and 40th Streets.

Both shuttle bus routes—Main Campus and Law School—lead to the main campus and Katzen Arts Center, and both run every 10–15 minutes (if taking the Law School bus, ask to be let out at Katzen). The distance is a mile, about 5 minutes. Buses are clearly marked with AU logos.

Please see also Metrorail Map. Please contact 202-885-3111 or for more information about the AU shuttle.


  • N3, N4, N6, N8 serve pass AU on Massachusetts Ave.
  • M4 and N2 pass AU on Nebraska Ave. at Ward Circle

Please see Metrobus for more information.


Climate/Outdoor Recreation

Please see DC Weather for details

Summers are warm and humid; highs average in the 80's and average July temperatures are 87/64. Winters are mild; lows average in the 20's and average January temperatures are 41/22. Annual rainfall = 40+ inches. Annual snowfall = 15+ inches.


Outdoor Recreation
Nearby Rock Creek Park and C&O Canal, along with the National Zoo and numerous national historic sites, contain trails for walking, jogging, and other outdoor pursuits. Over a dozen regional parks offer tennis, walking and jogging, picnicking, horseback riding, etc. Approximately 100 golf courses, several marinas, and pleasure boating and fishing on the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay are available. Washington has professional teams in football, basketball, baseball, and ice hockey, two annual professional tennis tournaments, one golf tournament, and professional baseball and horse racing.


Washington, D.C., is a city unlike any other in the United States. Beyond its status as the focal point for national and international governance, D.C. is a thriving artistic, scientific, and technological mecca with unparalleled opportunities for internships, research, and entertainment. From the Dulles technological corridor to the eclectic and artistic Adams Morgan, you’ll find D.C. to be a city of unique and fascinating character.

Located at the top of Embassy Row in prestigious northwest Washington, American University’s campus is a safe and liveable 84-acre home base. Students have easy access to public transportation using the nearby Tenleytown Metrorail (subway) station, the AU shuttle bus, or one of the numerous Metrobuses (bus) with routes near the AU campus.

Housing Resources

Due to a high demand for undergraduate campus housing, American University is not able to provide accommodations for housing graduate/professional students on campus. Housing & Dining Programs has contracted an off-campus housing web-service to assist with your search for housing within the DC metro area. This web service also provides you with a message board for posting and communicating with other admitted and current students:

AU Off Campus Housing Resources