Transportation

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Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,270
Tuition
$22,683
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation on/around campus is decent.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: We have a shuttle that take from like the Metro back to campus. The Metro is life. It's cheap, like you're paying a friend for a gas every time you need a ride.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are multiple streams of transportation available at Howard University including the school sponsored shuttle bus service, public transportation (metro bus and metro rail), cab services, biking services, and walking. The shopping centers are within shuttle bus and walking distance; major stores are a short bus ride or metro trip away. Most students either walk to stores or take the shuttle bus. The metro system allows students to travel to other parts of D.C. as well as Virginia and Maryland; therefore, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the area!

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The most effective transportation at school is the campus shuttle. However, sometimes it can take a long time to arrive due to D.C. traffic.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus transportation is okay because the shuttles are only reliable during the school week, they don't run on a specified schedule during the weekend and you could be waiting on them for forever!

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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
Hometown
Orange County, California
Major
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
2015
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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

www.wmata.com

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

www.mwaa.com/dulles

Reagan National Airport

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

2401 S. Smith Blvd., Arlington, Va.

(703) 417-8000

www.mwaa.com/reagan

Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport

BWI is about 32 miles northeast of campus.

7426 New Ridge Road, Hanover, Md.

(410) 859-7111

www.bwiairport.com

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

www.greyhound.com

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

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 124 responses

  • 2% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 15% 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.
  • 34% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 124 responses

  • 2% You can't have a car here.
  • 15% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 81% 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.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 113 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 113 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 112 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 124 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 44% Fairly easy.
  • 52% Very easy.
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