DC Neighborhood Guide
American University is located in the upper Northwest corner of Washington DC. Some of the close neighborhoods surrounding AU are Spring Valley, located just up Massachusetts Avenue towards Maryland, and Embassy Row, located down Massachusetts Avenue towards the downtown area. Many of our students find close and affordable housing in these areas, however there are places all over the city to look for available housing!
Some areas on the Red Line of the Metro system are usually heavily populated with AU Students living off campus. These areas are approximately four or less metro stops away from the Tenleytown-American University stop and include areas such as Van Ness-UDC, Cleveland Park, Woodley Park-Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Friendship Heights, and Bethesda. All of these areas are great places to look for housing, or for just exploring in your free time!
There are also an abundance of other areas in Washington, DC that are great places to visit, even if you do not have a car! Downtown metro areas for trips to the monuments, museums and the National Mall include the Smithsonian Metro Stop, Union Station, Gallery Place/Chinatown, Capital South, and the Archives-Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter stations. For convenient shopping areas, you may want to try White Flint, Friendship Heights, and Pentagon City stations.
There are many other are that have specialized events on a weekly basis. During warmer months, usually spring through late fall, an outdoor fish market can be found at the Waterfront or L’Enfant Plaza stops. The Eastern Market area has a weekend outdoor market where you can find fresh produce, and all sorts of homemade goods. Want to head to a sporting event? Landover is the place to go for a Redskins Game, and the Stadium-Armory stop provides access to the Washington Nationals Stadium.
Washington, DC is an abundance of culture and events. Make sure you get some time to get out and explore the area while you are here for classes!