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Housing & Residence Life

Transportation, Parking, and Shuttle Information

American University is accessible from all three major airports located in the metropolitan area. Reagan National Airport is accessible to the AU campus by Metro (subway) and taxi. Dulles International Airport is accessible by taxi, shuttle service and a special shuttle connecting to Metro’s Orange Line. Baltimore/Washington International Airport is accessible by shuttle, Amtrak and MARC trains that run to Washington, DC’s Union Station.

You can find more information on transportation, parking, and the AU shuttle by choosing one of the following:


Getting to Campus:

By Car

From Northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore)

Follow Interstate 95 south to Interstate 495 west toward Silver Spring. See from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).

From South or West of Washington (Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville)

Follow interstate 95 north or Interstate 66 east to Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway. Follow Interstate 495 north. See from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).

From Interstate 495 9Capital Beltway

Take exit 39 and carefully 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 (Maryland Route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two miles, through the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). About on mile further on, enter a second traffic circle (Ward Circle). Take the first right turn out of the circle, onto Nebraska Avenue. The campus is on your right.

From Nebraska Avenue, NW

You may enter the university’s visitor parking lot by turning left at the first traffic light onto New Mexico Avenue and then left into the parking lot adjacent to the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church.

By Metro Bus or Rail

From Union Station, National Airport or downtown Washington: Washington’s Metrorail opens 5:30 a.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. weekends. It closes at midnight Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday nights, it stays open until 2:00 a.m. The closest Metro stop to American University is Tenleytown/AU (also called Tenley Circle) on the Red Line. Metro buses run regularly from Tenley Circle to American’s campus, less than a mile away. Metro can give you information on specific route and timetables for buses and trains. Call the Metro information service at 202-637-7000.

Parking On Campus

The Nebraska Avenue parking lot is the main location for conference guest parking on the American University campus. The lot is located at the corner of Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues. This lot is available as pay-as-you-go parking, but we will work with you to arrange the parking needs for your conference group.

Each conference is eligible to receive up to one parking permit per residential guest at no cost to the conference. Additional permits can be purchased from our office at the rate of $5.00 per permit, per day. All final requests for parking permits are due two weeks prior to the start date of your conference program in order for us to have the appropriate passes ready in time. Parking permits will be distributed at check-in/registration. Some permits may be distributed prior to a group’s arrival upon one month advance notice of this request.

All vehicles are required to park in the Nebraska Avenue parking lot (including buses). Any special requests or handicap parking permits must be accompanied by a doctor’s notice to Public Safety upon arrival to campus. Parking in front of buildings is only for loading and unloading purposes only. Idling by any vehicle is not permitted in the Nebraska Avenue parking lot at any time.

According to the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations:Title 20 Chapter 9, Motor Vehicular Pollutants, Lead, Odors, And Nuisance Pollutants, commercial bus idling is not permitted. However, you should be aware that there are 2 exceptions to the above rule as stated in paragraph 900.1 that apply to American University: to operate for 15 minutes air conditioning equipment on buses with an occupancy of 12 or more persons and to operate heating equipment when the temperature is below 32°F or below.

Ticketing of unapproved vehicles occurs Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and any tickets received should be appealed through the AU's Transportation Services office. Additionally, AU has a good neighbor policy in prohibiting street parking in the local community by AU individuals by agreement between the University and community.

AU Shuttle Service

AU is located less than a mile from the Tenleytown/American University Metro Station and shuttle service is provided daily to the Metro for AU students, faculty, staff and summer conference guests at no additional charge. There is also a shuttle from Main Campus to AU’s Washington College of Law. Shuttles run approximately every 15 minutes from 7:00 am until 12:30 am and hours are extended on weekends. The AU shuttle is accessible for any individuals with mobility considerations.

DC Taxis

Taxis are often available near the Asbury building on campus or by calling from the front desk of any residence hall. Private transportation or shuttle services for conference groups is not available from American University.

Cab Services Available at AU:

Diamond Cab – 202.387.6200

Yellow Cab – 202.544.1212