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Arriving by Car
Arriving by Bus/Metro
Arriving by Plane
Directions to the 6th Floor Board or Conference Rooms of Butler Pavilion (by car or Metro)
Directions to Mary Graydon Center Conference Room 4 & 5
Directions to the TESOL Office
Directions to the McDowell Formal Lounge
Directions to the SIS Lounge

Parking Information
Staying on campus at AU
Suggested Local Hotels

To plan your route from any destination, try www.yahoo.com and click on Maps. For exact door-to-door directions, go to www.mapquest.com and click on Driving Directions.

American University is located at Ward Circle, at the intersection of Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues, in the upper northwest section of Washington, D.C. If you are driving to American from elsewhere in Washington, be sure to get accurate directions to the university. Visitors arriving from outside the city may follow the directions given here. 


Parking on Campus
After 5:30 on Weekdays or on Weekends: any parking place on campus (included the metered lot near the Library)except dormitory lots and areas where signs indicate parking is prohibited. Two pay stations, located at the pedestrian exits of the Nebraska Avenue Commuter Lot, allow customers to pay for hourly or daily parking in the lot. Parking isbe $1.50 per hour or $12.00 per day. The pay stations will accept $1, $2, $5, and $10 bills; .5 .10, .25 and $1 coins; and Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards. Change will be given in .25 and $1 coins. Once you have purchased parking at the pay station, you do not need to display your receipt. Operating instructions are posted on each machine for your convenience. As always, valid permit holders will be able to park in the lot without paying the machines. Vehicles without valid parking permits or drivers who have not paid for parking using the Pay as You Go machines will be ticketed. Parking information and updates can be found at www.american.edu/finance/ts/. Please direct questions or concerns to Transportation Services at x3111. For exact locations of lots, please check the AU Vicinity Map.

Arriving by Car

From Maryland - From northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore) - Follow Interstate 95 south to Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway. Follow Interstate 495 west toward Silver Spring. From Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway), take exit 39 and carefully follow the signs for River Road (Maryland route 190) south toward Washington. Continue south on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue (Maryland route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two miles, past the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). About one mile further on (at the fourth traffic light), you will make a right turn into the Glover Gate entrance of American University. As you enter into the University you will see Butler Pavilion and to your right is the Sports Center/Bender Arena. If you continue through the Pavilion there is parking available in the parking garage adjacent to Bender Arena.  

From northwest of Washington (Western Pennsylvania, western Maryland) - Follow Interstate 270 south. Where Interstate 270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward northern Virginia (not towards Washington). Merge with Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, and soon afterwards take exit 39, River Road. From Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway), take exit 39 and carefully follow the signs for River Road (Maryland route 190) south toward Washington. Continue south on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue (Maryland route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two miles, past the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). About one mile further on (at the fourth traffic light), you will make a right turn into the Glover Gate entrance of American University. As you enter into the University you will see Butler Pavilion and to your right is the Sports Center/Bender Arena. If you continue through the Pavilion there is parking available in the parking garage adjacent to Bender Arena.

From Tysons Corner or McLean - Take 495 East to Maryland. From Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway), take exit 39 and carefully follow the signs for River Road (Maryland route 190) south toward Washington. Continue south on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue (Maryland route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two miles, past the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). About one mile further on (at the fourth traffic light), you will make a right turn into the Glover Gate entrance of American University. As you enter into the University you will see Butler Pavilion and to your right is the Sports Center/Bender Arena. If you continue through the Pavilion there is parking available in the parking garage adjacent to Bender Arena. 

From the Key Bridge (Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax) - Follow 66 East or Rt. 50 East to the Key Bridge. Turn left onto M Street when you cross the Key Bridge. M Street becomes Canal Rd NW. Stay straight (to the right) when Canal Road veers off to the left and continue to go straight onto Foxhall Road. When Foxhall ends (2.5 miles), take a right onto Nebraska Avenue. Take a left at the first light and then an immediate right onto AU's campus. Follow the main campus road around the first parking garage and residence halls. You will see the Butler parking garage directly ahead after you make a required left turn.

From the Memorial Bridge (Alexandria, Mount Vernon) - Take 395 North or GW Parkway to the Memorial Bridge. Immediately after crossing the bridge, take the right turn yield onto Independence Ave. Directly after going under the second bridge, the road will split three ways. When the road splits, follow the signs to White Hurst Freeway and take the middle road. When White Hurst Freeway ends, take a left onto M Street, which becomes Canal Road NW. Stay straight (to your right) when Canal Road veers off to the left and continue on Foxhall Road. When Foxhall ends (2.5 miles), take a right onto Nebraska Avenue. Take a left at the first light and then an immediate right onto AU's campus. Follow the main campus road around the first parking garage and residence halls. You will see the Butler parking garage directly ahead after you make a required left turn.

Arriving by Bus or Metro

From Union Station, National Airport, or downtown Washington: Washington's Metro trains run Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday 5:30 am to 3 am, Saturday 7:00 am to 3:00 am and Sunday 7:00 am to midnight. The closest Metro stop to American University is Tenleytown/AU on the Red Line. There is a free AU Shuttle operating between Tenleytown station and the AU main campus which runs frequently. To catch the shuttle, exit the Tenleytown Metro station and walk straight towards Hollywood Video. The bus will pick you up at the bus stop. For more information on shuttle schedules, check out the AU Transportation Page.

Metro--Fees and How to Pay

The metro will cost you at least $1.35 one way, depending on the time of day (more during rush hours). To purchase a Metro card, enter the Metro station and look for the ticket machines, usually found on the righthand side before the gates. Put in money, and if you need change just push buttons on the machine to reduce the amount of the ticket, and then push the "issue ticket" button to receive a paper ticket with a magnetic strip. You might want to buy a ticket for $10 or $20 dollars right away so you don't have to stop and buy one every time you ride the Metro. 

Transportation to and from Airports

There are three airports in the Washington area: 
Washington Dulles International Airport, near Reston, Virginia, which handles both international and domestic flights is accessible by car, shuttle or taxi only. To access Dulles by car, take either 66 West to 267 Dulles Toll Rd or the Capital Beltway to Virginia Exit 11 for the Dulles Toll Road.

Ronald Reagan National Airport (known to most people as National Airport), near Arlington, Va., which handles primarily domestic flights. National is the nearest airport to AU and is accessible by car, Metro (blue and yellow lines to Franconia-Springfield or Huntington, respectively), shuttle and taxi. 

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) located between Baltimore and Maryland, handles international and domestic flights. It is accessible by car, shuttle, bus, or the MARC train.

Staying on campus at American University

American University offers guest rooms, on a limited basis, during the summer months for a reasonable fee. Space is limited and is on a first come first served basis. If you are thinking about joining us for the Summer Workshop please contact us as soon as possible. You will have a better chance of obtaining on campus reservations if you can confirm your request by June 1.

If you are an incoming graduate student and would like more information about housing, please contact AU Housing and Dining Services and follow the links for housing.