Communities 10 or More Miles from campus

Communities with Convenient Public Transportation to Campus

Baltimore City   (map)
Baltimore City, known as Charm City, has a population of 651,000 residents and offers diverse housing options in over 200 neighborhoods.   The City of Baltimore has a blend of attractions such as the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore Zoo, a wide variety of shopping options including farmers markets, flea markets, eclectic shops, and much more.   Home to the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles sports teams, it is a cosmopolitan culture very much like Washington, D.C.   Communities to visit in Baltimore include Market Place, historic Charles Street, and Charles Center.   Baltimore is experiencing a resurgence of housing development including historic older buildings, garden style apartments, and high-rises.   Baltimore is an hour from Washington, D.C. and in close proximity to New York and Philadelphia.   The Baltimore/Washington International Airport is only 10 miles southwest of Baltimore.   Access to campus is possible via the MARC train to the station located directly behind the College Park Metro Station.

Bethesda/Chevy Chase   (map)
Bethesda combines urban atmosphere with suburban convenience.   Located in Montgomery County, it has a vast number of housing options including high-rise and garden apartments, townhomes, condominiums, and homes.   Bethesda offers upscale shops, a well-known restaurant district, and a great nightlife.   Shopping attractions in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase area include Westfield Shoppingtown Montgomery and White Flint Mall. Housing is of high quality and is accordingly expensive.   It is accessible via the Bethesda Metrorail Station on the Red Line, Metrobus J4that comes through campus, and Bethesda Transportation Solutions.   Chevy Chase, adjacent to Bethesda, consists of exclusive residential neighborhoods, green lawns, and tree-lined streets.   It is accessible via Metrorail by the Red Line, Metrobus, and Montgomery County Ride-On.

Bowie   (map)
Bowie is the fourth largest city in the state of Maryland and the largest municipality in Prince George's County.   A family-oriented community with over 50,000 residents, Bowie encompasses 16 square miles of shopping and office centers, residential developments, and a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities.   In the midst of a redevelopment boom, it is in close proximity to the cities of Laurel and New Carrollton.   It is accessible via Metrobus, the New Carrollton Metro StationMARC, and Amtrak.

Laurel   (map)
Laurel, located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., is a suburban area with a "small town" atmosphere at its core.   Laurel is situated so that its borders cross three counties -- Prince George's, Anne Arundel, and Howard.   A wide range of housing options are available and tend to be somewhat less costly than housing closer to the University.   Laurel's city center is home to small, unique shops and eateries, while large suburban-style shopping centers also abound.   Laurel is easily accessible to campus via public transportation.   Metrobus routes 87,88 ,and 89, 89M and Connect A Ride buses run throughout Laurel; its Route G serves the campus and the College Park Metrorail Station. Laurel is also served by the Laurel Racetrack and Laurel MARC stations. By car, Laurel is accessible via Route 1, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and I-95.

Rockville   (map)
Known for its outstanding shopping, restaurants, and entertainment venues, Rockville is the second largest city in Maryland and is located in Montgomery County.   It is a cosmopolitan yet residential area that offers a wide variety of housing options.   It is located 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and 18 miles from campus.   It is accessible via Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway, I-495.

Communities with Limited Public Transportation to Campus

Columbia   (map)
Columbia, located in Howard County, is 21 miles southwest of Baltimore and 24 miles north of Washington, D.C.   Widely recognized for its innovative, community oriented design, Columbia offers a business-friendly environment combined with outstanding quality of life and is accessible via public transportation through Howard Transit.

Gaithersburg   (map)
Located in Montgomery County, Gaithersburg is the third largest city in Maryland and has more of a small town feel than other cities in the county.   It is 24 miles north of Washington, D.C. with a population of over 50,000 residents.   Due to its close proximity to the nation's capital and an assortment of major industries, it is a diverse and activity community.

Olney   (map)
Olney is a fairly small, family-oriented town.   It is in close proximity to Rockville, Bethesda, and DC.   It's approximately a 35 minute drive from campus.

Potomac   (map)
Located in western Montgomery County, Potomac is well known for its proximity to Washington D.C. and overall affluent lifestyle.   Public transportation is limited to bus service on major roads and is mainly accessible via the Capital Beltway.