Living in DC

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As a graduate student in AU's College of Arts and Sciences, you'll gain not only mastery over your chosen subject, but also the skills and knowledge to use your passion as a vehicle for creating meaningful change. Outside of the classroom, your greatest inspiration in this regard is the city that forms the backdrop of your studies. As Washington, DC, becomes your home, don't be surprised if you become caught up in its influence as a catalyst for innovation, service, and positive change.

Find a Great Place to Live in the City

AU's Housing and Dining Programs website is an invaluable resource for exploring available housing in the DC area as well as connecting with potential roommates or finding sublets. Due to the high demand for undergraduate campus housing, AU is not able to provide on-campus housing for graduate students.

Many students choose to live within walking distance of the university, in an apartment near a bus line that serves AU, or near a Metro station (especially the Red Line).

Popular neighborhoods include Glover Park, Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, U Street, Columbia Heights, Capitol Hill, and Friendship Heights. Or consider nearby Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Bethesda in Maryland and Arlington or Alexandria in Virginia. The DC area has so many diverse and inviting neighborhoods that you're sure to find a place where you feel welcome and at home.

Get Around Like a Washingtonian

AU's beautiful, 84-acre campus is an urban oasis in the heart of northwest Washington, DC, just minutes from downtown, Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, and many other historic landmarks. When you attend graduate school at AU, some of our nation's most iconic landmarks will become part of your everyday life.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates the country's second-largest rail transit system and the fifth-largest bus network. It serves 1,500 square miles across the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

Multiple bus lines are accessible near AU. The closest Metrorail station is Tenleytown/AU on the Red Line. It is about a 15-minute walk from campus. Free AU shuttle buses run approximately every 10 minutes from the Tenleytown Metro station to main campus.

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. Day time parking passes can be purchased from Public Safety. Zipcar and Capital Bikeshare are also available on campus.

Washington, DC, is a city filled with world-class museums (most with free admission), galleries, research institutions, and government agencies, not to mention resources like the Library of Congress and public interest groups. You'll also find a variety of sports and entertainment opportunities. From day to night, the District is always buzzing with activity.

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