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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Just don't bring a car to D.C.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Howard is located in a very good location to all forms of transportation.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Besides the transportation that the University uses there are a plethora of other transportation options for students to utilize. There is Zipcar, SmartCar, Car2go, Metrobus, Uber, Lyft, Taxis and the list can go on and on.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Its not the transportation that is the issue more so than the shuttle drivers and the actual shuttles themselves. The vehicles are old, and maybe that's an issue with the company. But some of the drivers are rude or careless or both, at least for the south route. There's no communication whatsoever on whose taking what route and it leads to an extreme inconvenience sometimes.

3 College Student

Transportation: I see myself using the metro for getting into or around town, especially my first two years. Maybe I will take my car if I feel like the train is becoming a hassle. parking in the actual city isn't all the bad ironically, but I don't want my car broken into when I leave it somewhere for 7 hours while I am walking about either.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 133rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 136th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1308th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
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On campus, there are six shuttle bus routes: there's one going between the main campus and the east campus (School of Divinity), one that travels between the main campus and the west campus (Law School), one that roams over by the main campus and the Meridian dorm, one going between the main campus and the Slowe and Carver dorms, and one going between the main campus, the hospital, and the Metro station. The last one basically circulates throughout campus, picking up and dropping off students wherever they want to go.

When you want to step off campus and venture out into the city, your best bet is to take public transportation. The Metro runs from 5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays and from 6:30 a.m. to around 3 a.m. on weekends. The Metro can take you to all the city's museums and cultural spots, shops, restaurants, malls, and nighttime hotspots. Other possible transportation options include general car rental services, particularly the Zipcar system, a car rental company that caters to students with cars and is available at select Metro stations, Amtrak (for when you want to go out of town), the Marc train system, and the Virginia Railway Express, all of which not only serve locations outside of DC but also connect at DC's Union Station.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The bus
  • The Metro
  • Taxis
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Metro
  • The Super Shuttle Service
Did You Know?
If you need to get to the airport, all three local airports are accessible by the Metro.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Operation Safe Ride
(202) 806-9271
Monday–Friday 12 a.m.–5 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 3 a.m.–7 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

University Shuttle Bus System

(202) 806-2000

Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 7 a.m.–2 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Schedules are available at bus stops and online.

(202) 637-7000

600 Fifth St. NW

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Dulles International Airport

Dulles International Airport is located about 29 miles west of campus. Airport facilities include a dedicated access highway connecting the airport to the Capital Beltway and I-66.

1 Saarinen Circle, Sterling, Va.

(703) 572-2700

Reagan National Airport

Reagan National Airport is located about 7 miles south of campus.

2401 S. Smith Blvd., Arlington, Va.

(703) 417-8000

Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport

BWI is about 32 miles northeast of campus.

7426 New Ridge Road, Hanover, Md.

(410) 859-7111

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound – Washington

The D.C. Greyhound station is about two miles southeast of campus. You can get to the Greyhound terminal by getting off of the Union Station Metro stop.

1005 First St. NE

(202) 289-5141

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Washington

The Washington Amtrak station is located at Union Station, about 2.5 miles southeast of campus. You can get to the Greyhound terminal by getting off of the Union Station Metro stop.

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

(202) 906-3260

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 109 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 48% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 37% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 110 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 15% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 83% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 2% 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 easy is it to get around town?    Based on 110 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 45% Fairly easy.
  • 51% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 109 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 108 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 108 responses

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