Getting Here

Travel Instructions

Cars and Taxis (GPS) should drive to 3501 Nebraska Ave., NW Washington DC, just off Ward Circle and Massachusetts Ave., for safe and convenient passenger drop-off and surface parking nearest East Campus Conference Center and Residence Halls.

Reagan National Airport DCA is in Alexandria, Virginia is the nearest airport with convenient and efficient metro access to American University campus. Look for the Metro entrance on the concourse at Terminal B & C (shuttles from Terminal A will bring you to the Metro location if needed) and purchase an $11 basic fare card at any of the kiosks outside the Metro turnstiles. Enter the station and proceed to second level to access Yellow or Blue Trains to intersect with the Red line trains (at Gallery Place or Metro Center.) Proceed to Tenleytown/AU stop on the northbound, Shady Grove, line.

Exit to the East side of Tenleytown Metro at the top of the escalator, you’ll find Red and Blue AU shuttle stops along Albemarle Street at 40th. Red & Blue Shuttles circle every 10 to 20 minutes, arriving at the Main Campus within 10 minutes. Exit at the Hannay Gate stop or at the School for International Service (SIS) entry to cross over to the East Campus.

Look for GNSI signs directing you to East Campus Registration and Residence Halls on Nebraska Avenue. You will enter the East Campus Quad between Constitution and Congressional Halls, near the Conference Center and Campus Police offices


Taxis should deliver you to 3501 Nebraska Ave., NW Washington DC inside the parking loop and lot on Nebraska Ave. Cars must approach the driveway from East bound lanes only and proceed through the tunneled entryway at the same address to drop off passengers behind Constitution Hall. Taxis are free to loop through and continue back to Nebraska Avenue in the eastbound lanes just before Massachusetts Ave. at Ward Circle. If parking a car, continue into lot and find the parking kiosk along the sidewalk to register your car. You must enter your car tag at the prompts and pay for hourly or daily parking fees for every day you are at the conference. No ticket is needed for display - only pre-payment with registered car tag numbers are required. $16/day max or $2/hour.

Driving Instructions courtesy of American University Admissions:

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 Admissions Welcome Center at the Katzen Arts Center parking garage will be on your left. ** Please note: Daily and overnight parking is available ONLY in the East Campus surface lot during the program week of July 15-21, 2018. Enter at 3501 Nebraska Ave off-ramp.

Baltimore Washington International Airport BWI Airport is south of Baltimore and offers Metro shuttle service or MARC train service to Union Station in Washington, DC.
See: BWI Transportation Options

Dulles International Airport IAD Airport is near Leesburg, Virginia and has taxi or metro bus services to American University via the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority. For trip planning go to