View of the Washington College of Law from corner of 48th and Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Getting Here

The Washington College of Law is located at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue in the upper northwest section of Washington, D.C. Please note that this is about five city blocks west from the main American University campus. The Pence Law Library entrance is on the first floor. Visitors arriving from inside or outside the city may follow the directions presented here.


This map borrowed from Yahoo Washington D.C.

Metrobus or Metrorail service

If you are planning to arrive via bus or subway, such as from Union Station, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, or downtown Washington, Washington's Metrorail subway trains run Monday through Thurday, 5:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to midnight. The closest Metrorail stop to American University is Tenleytown/AU (also called Tenley Circle) which is on the Red Line. A map of the DC metrorail system is always helpful.

Public Metro buses run on regular schedules down Massachusetts Avenue and from Tenley Circle down Yuma Street, N.W. to the Law School.

Metro can give you information on specific routes, fares, and timetables for its buses and subways. Call (202) 637-7000 or visit their website for more information.

American University Shuttle

American University provides free shuttle bus service to the Law School from the main campus and also from the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop (Red Line). Routes, boarding stations, and schedules are available at www.wcl.american.edu/shuttle.cfm

Walking from Metrorail

The Law School building is about a one mile (1.6 kilometers) walk, through a residential area, from the Tenleytown/AU Metrorail Station. If walking: exit the Station and proceed to Albemarle Street. Turn right on to Albemarle Street. Follow Albemarle Street to 48th Street, NW. Turn left on 48th and proceed about four blocks to Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. The Law School is situated on your right. Enter it from the Massachusetts Avenue side.

Taxicab service information

Taxi service from Union Station, any airport, or other city or suburban location is available. When using such a service be sure to instruct the driver to take you to 4801 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. rather than just to American University, because the Washington College of Law is not situated on the main AU campus. Fares vary but a taxi ride from Union Station costs about $14 and one from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport costs about $18 for a single passenger. Taxi rides from Dulles International Airport or Baltimore-Washington International Airport are quite long and thus expensive. Therefore, we suggest that you consider taking some other form of ground transportation into the city from either of these locations.

Airport Information

Washington is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The first serves flights going to or coming from midwestern (in general, the states located between the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains) and eastern United States and Canadian cities. The other two serve both domestic and international flights. Washington National is situated very close to downtown Washington while Dulles and Baltimore-Washington are situated in distant suburbs. International travelers who enter or leave the United States through another city may be booked on connecting flights that arrive at or depart from Washington National Airport. Information about the three airports, the air carriers that use them, parking, and ground transportation into the city may be found on their respective websites. Customs Service information for international travelers may be found at the Customs Service website.

Inter-city and commuter train information

Washington is served by Amtrak, which offers inter-city passenger rail service throughout the United States. Information about their services, schedules, fares, etc., including the high-speed Metroliner service between major cities in the northeastern United States, may be found on their website. The greater metropolitan Washington region is also served by commuter rail systems including Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) and Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Information about their respective services, schedules, fares, etc., may be found on their websites.

Inter-city and commuter bus information

Washington is served by Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines both of which offer scheduled inter-city passenger bus service in the United States. Information about their respective routes, schedules, fares, etc. can be found on their web sites. In addition several companies and local governments provide commuter bus service into and around Washington.

Driving from Northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore)

If driving from northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore), follow Interstate 95 south to Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway. Follow I-495 west to exit 39 which is labeled River Road (Maryland Route 190). Take River Road south toward Washington to the fifth traffic light, which is Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). Turn right onto Goldsboro Road and proceed to the first traffic light which is at Massachusetts Avenue (Maryland Route 396). Turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue and continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two and one half miles (4 kilometers), past Westmoreland Circle. The Law School is located about one half-mile (0.8 kilometer) beyond Westmoreland Circle on the left. Visitors can park in the WCL parking garage or at a nearby pay lot. Please refer to the parking information below.

Driving from south or west of Washington (Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville)

If driving from south or west of Washington (Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville) follow Interstate 95 north or Interstate 66 east to Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway. Take I-495 west towards Tyson's Corner and Rockville. Follow I-495 west to exit 39 which is labeled River Road (Maryland Route 190). Take River Road south toward Washington to the fifth traffic light, which is Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). Turn right onto Goldsboro Road and proceed to the first traffic light which is at Massachusetts Avenue (Maryland Route 396). Turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue and continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two and one half miles (4 kilometers), past Westmoreland Circle. The Law School is located about one half-mile (0.8 kilometer) beyond Westmoreland Circle on the left. Visitors can park in the WCL parking garage or at a nearby pay lot. Please refer to the parking information below.

Driving from Northwest of Washington (western Pennsylvania, western Maryland)

If driving from northwest of Washington (western Pennsylvania, western Maryland), follow Interstate 70 to Interstate 270 south. Then take I-270. Where I-270 divides, follow the right-hand branch towards northern Virginia. Merge with Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, and immediately move over into the far right lane so that you will be able to take the next exit, which is exit 39 labeled River Road (Maryland Route 190). Take River Road south toward Washington to the fifth traffic light, which is Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). Turn right onto Goldsboro Road and proceed to the first traffic light which is at Massachusetts Avenue (Maryland Route 396). Turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue and continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two and one half miles (4 kilometers), past Westmoreland Circle. The Law School is located about one half-mile (0.8 kilometer) beyond Westmoreland Circle on the left. Visitors can park in the WCL parking garage or at a nearby pay lot. Please refer to the parking information below.

Parking Information and Regulations

Daily parking is available in the Law School building garage (enter off Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.). The cost is eight dollars a day. If you stay less than three hours, the attendant will refund a prorated share of your parking fee, The garage doors are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cars already in the garage at 8:30 p.m., however, may remain until the library closes. Additional hourly parking and weekend parking is available at nearby commercial lots.

Please be aware that you are not allowed to park on any nearby neighborhood street when using our library. This policy is enforced by a $75 fine.

American University has entered into an agreement with its neighbors by which the University must require that persons who visit or use any American University facility not park on any nearby neighborhood streets. Violators are subject to a $75.00 fine and, for repeated violations, to being legally barred from entering University-owned property. This policy is enforced by University and Law School security personnel who patrol the neighborhood.

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