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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Great to have the shuttles, but once I had a broken leg and was nervous getting home quickly at night and they would refuse to pick me up because there was no actual immediate threat.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I commute by metro, it's pretty good

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: You do not need a car because the metro is very close to campus and the train station is 3 stops away. The airport is only a short ride on the metro and is located conveniently off the metro stop.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttles on campus are there but barely used. Most people do not know it exists. The student government is trying to change the situation but are being held back. The Metro has a stop on campus and is very convenient, with Union Station only 5 stops away which has a bus depot and Amtrack station.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a D.C Metro stop right on campus. This allows people to get around the city and to other Universities fairly quick.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 110th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 584th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1248th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
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It's Washington, D.C., so transportation is not a problem. The Metro is awesome—it's a simpler, cleaner New York City subway. It allows students to explore the city frontways, sideways, and every which way they desire because there are so many Metro stops spread throughout the city. Students can survive without the pangs of having a car, looking for gas, and finding parking within the city. The only problem is that it is not open 24 hours like other big cities with underground transportation, but other than that, it is ideal for college students who can take the Metro to work, shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and much more.

For long-range travel, there are three nearby airports, so students have the luxury of picking between many airlines. There are plenty of bus and train services for students who prefer the scenic route. For basic transportation, taxicabs are moderately priced when students are out and about late at night. But overall, the best part about D.C. transportation is the Metro.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Metro
  • Taxis
  • Metro buses
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Metro
  • The Super Shuttle to Dulles
  • Washington Flyer to Dulles

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort Services
(202) 319-5111
Evening and early morning hours when the buses aren't running

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Bus

There is no fee, but students must show their Cardinal cards.

(202) 319-5111

(202) 319-5736 TTY/TDD

Daily 5 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)

The Brookland-CUA (red line) Metro stop is located right off campus.

(202) 962-1234 (General)

(202) 637-1328 (Customer Service)

(202) 637-7000 (Customer Info)

600 5th St. NW

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Reagan National (DCA)

This station is less than 5 miles from campus.

Thomas Ave. & Abingdon

(703) 417-8000

Dulles International (IAD)

This station is about 30 miles from campus

45020 Aviation Dr., Sterling, VA

(703) 572-2700

Baltimore/Washington International (BWI)

CUA visitors arriving at BWI on a weekday can take the Marc train to Washington's Union Station. From there, board Metro's Red Line in the direction of Glenmont, and take it to the Brookland/CUA Metro stop. Travel time is approximately 70 minutes.

Aviation Blvd. & Elm Rd.

(410) 859-7111

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is located in Union Station.

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

(202) 289-5141

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is in Union Station.

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 40% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 55% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 19 responses

  • 11% Nonexistent.
  • 11% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 26% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 21% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 32% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 17 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 16 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 33% Fairly easy.
  • 67% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 17 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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