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Directions to Campus


The exterior of the SIS BuildingAbramson's Founder Room
School of International Service Building

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20016

Directions to Campus by Car

From northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore)
Follow I-95 south to I-495 west toward Silver Spring. (See "From I-495" below).

From northwest of Washington (western Pennsylvania, western Maryland)
Follow I-270 south. Where I-270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward northern Virginia. (Do not take the branch toward Washington.) Merge with I-495 (Capital Beltway). (See "From I-495" below).

From south or west of Washington (northern Virginia, Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville)
Follow I-95 north or I-66 east to I-495 (Capital Beltway). Take I-495 north toward Silver Spring. (See "From I-495" below.)

From I-495 (Capital Beltway)
Take exit 39 and follow the signs for River Road (Maryland Route 190) east toward Washington. Continue east 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 NW (Maryland Route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue NW through the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). Continue one more mile to 4400 Massachusetts. The entrance to the Katzen Arts Center parking garage will be on your left.


Parking Information

General parking is available at American University for AU community members, visitors and guests of the University at the following locations:

  • Katzen Arts Center Garage on Massachusetts Avenue, NW (off of Ward circle)
  • School of International Service Garage on Nebraska Avenue, across from New Mexico Avenue.

Parking permits and payments are enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Parking is $2.00 per hour or $16.00 per day.


Directions to Campus By Train and Subway

Amtrak trains regularly arrive in Washington at Union Station. The Washington, D.C. Metrorail (subway) trains run Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. until midnight, Friday from 5 a.m. until 3 a.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. until midnight. The closest Metro stop to American University is Tenleytown/AU on the Red Line.


Free Shuttle Service
American University provides a free shuttle from the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop to campus. Directions to the shuttle are posted at the Metro. At the Metro station, take the escalator and exit to the east, which is on your left (look for the sign directing you to AU Shuttle stop).

Once at street level, the shuttle stop is just a few yards ahead at the intersection of 40th Street and Albemarle Street. The shuttle runs on a continuous loop and departs every ten minutes. You need no special pass to ride. The shuttle will be about a five minute ride to campus and you will want to exit at the Ward Circle and turn right to enter the School of International Services.


Walking Directions
If you choose to walk from the Metro, the main campus is approximately one mile. Heading south on Wisconsin Avenue, turn right on Nebraska Avenue (at the Tenley Campus) and take that until you reach Ward Circle. Continue straight and past the Ward building on your left. Turn right and enter the School of International Services.