Visiting & Relocation Resources



There are many places to stay within easy distance to the university.  

Several area hotels offer special rates for visitors to American University, so be sure to mention us by name when making reservations.

Getting Around

Flying in and need to get to AU’s campus? Try Metro, Washington Flyer, or SuperShuttle (Airport Transportation).

Once you’re here, you have a host of different public transportation options including Metro, Zip Car, AU Shuttle, and DC Circulator. Amtrak, MARC (MD commuters), and VRE (VA Commuters) serve commuters and travelers in and around the DC area.

Relocating Resources

If you are relocating to work at American University, we have partners who can assist you with this transition. We offer a Relocation Policy to assist some faculty and staff hires with their expenses. For more information, please contact your hiring department.

Where to Live

According to a recent Kojo Nnamdi radio show, the DC metro is a city of distinct neighborhoods. Not sure where to go? Where to live? Check out these resource pages for DC and surrounding area neighborhoods:

Washington Post Real Estate: Neighborhoods

DC Area Neighborhood Profiles on

Washingtonian “Best Places to Live”


American University offers two banking services: Capitol One has a branch on the main campus and several other major banks are close to campus. Faculty and staff also may take advantage of the Engraving and Printing Federal Credit Union.

Childcare & Schools

AU's Child Development Center, the university’s premier on-campus education center for children from ages two and a half to six years. Childcare Directory

DC Public and Private Schools
Maryland Public Schools
Public Schools

Relocation Counseling Service Partner

You also may be able to take advantage of AU’s partnership with The Talbot Group: Independent Relocation Counseling Services who can help you in the relocation process.

Mid-Atlantic Open Positions Resources for Family Members

If your spouse or partner works at AU and you would like to find work in the area, visit the Mid-Atlantic Higher Education Recruiting Consortium (HERC) Web site to learn more about openings at other DC-area universities.

Government Agenecies

State Government
District of Columbia

Local Governments
Montgomery County
, Maryland
Prince George's County
, Maryland
Arlington County, Virginia
Fairfax County
, Virginia
Loudon County
, Virginia

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

DC Department of Motor Vehicles
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Moving Companies

The university has contracted with several moving companies who will give you special rates. Please be sure to mention that you are a new AU faculty or staff member when you call.

Moving Companies Under Contract (Larger Discounts, Bill AU Direct):

Arpin Group, Inc.

Domestic Moves
Waiting for New Life
Relocations Coordinator

International Moves
Jessica Cavallaro
Relocation Coordinator
978.649.9653 ext. 16

Mayflower Transit
Joe Moholland Moving

John Grimsley
Business Development
703.494.2021 x266

Lisa Bailey
Senior Customer Service Coordinator
Origin and Destination Coordinator
703.494.2021 x277

Wheaton World Wide Movers

Olympia Moving & Storage
Mark McEwen
Corporate Vice President