Parking in D.C. and on the AU campus is a hassle. Street parking is difficult to find because of the exclusive nature of the surrounding residential area. Parking permits are expensive, costing nearly $500 for a single semester, and students need to apply for them well in advance. However, if students do get a permit, it is fairly easy to find a spot in one of the on-campus lots. Visitors and commuters usually park in the Nebraska Avenue commuter lot or the Katzen Arts Center garage for a price of $1.50 per hour or $12 for the day.
The public transportation system in D.C. is quite good, and it is not necessary to have a car to get around the city. Students often walk to nearby bars and restaurants and need cars only if they move off campus. Even then, many use the accessible Metro and take the shuttle back and forth from campus.