College Park: Our home

The University of Maryland is located in the City of College Park within Prince George's County, Maryland; a diverse region, located in the heart of the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Prince George's County borders Washington, D.C. and is 37 miles south of the Baltimore city limits. Prince George's County is large, encompassing almost 500 square miles. It has an urban atmosphere with many scenic and peaceful areas to live, work, and relax. Learn all about our county at:

Though most of College Park is within walking distance to the campus, it is well served by public transportation. Metrorail's Green Line serves the College Park/University of Maryland and Greenbelt Stations. The MARC Commuter Rail Station, located on the back side of College Park Metrorail Station, is on the Camden Line, providing commuter service between Baltimore's Camden Station and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The following Metrobus lines serve the city:

Shuttle-UM provides free, frequent service from the College Park Metrorail station to the campus.  The areas between the campus and the College Park Metrorail Station are well served by the N.I.T.E. Ride security transportation service.

You will find a great variety of retail shopping, hotel accommodations, and restaurants in College Park. The major shopping districts are:

  • Downtown College Park, 7100-7500 Baltimore Avenue
  • Berwyn Neighborhood Commercial District, Berwyn Road
  • Hollywood Commercial District, Rhode Island Avenue & Edgewood Road
  • College Park Marketplace, 4700 Cherry Hill Road
  • Route 1 Corridor, Baltimore Avenue between Paint Branch Parkway and I-495

College Park is served by the Prince George's County Police Department, District 1. University-affiliated properties are also served by the University of Maryland Police Department.

Where to Live in College Park

College Park officers a wide range of neighborhoods and types of housing. Students live in apartments, fraternity and sorority houses, rooms in private homes, and "student homes" in which several students share a house. Rents in College Park are generally higher than in surrounding communities because of proximity to the University. Street parking can be difficult.

College Park consists of eleven communities, each with a unique character. The percentage of owner-occupied verses renter-occupied housing varies considerably among the neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is briefly profiled below

Autoville/Cherry Hill
This neighborhood is located on the same side of Route 1 as the campus, just south of I-495. It consists of 118 mostly detached homes, 81% owner occupied and 19% renter occupied. It has a neighborhood park and is in close proximity to shopping, but is not very pedestrian and bicycle friendly. The Seven Springs Village apartment complex is home to many students and is served by Shuttle-UM's Seven Springs Apartments route.

One of College Park's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, Berwyn consists of nearly 400 homes that are 69% owner occupied and 31% renter occupied.   It has a eclectic mix of architectural styles and a small commercial area with several unique shops.

Calvert Hills
Adjacent to the Metrorail and MARC Stations, Calvert Hills consists of 459 housing units, about ¾ of which are one-unit detached.   Housing is 60% owner occupied and 40% renter occupied.   In addition to numerous professionals who enjoy an easy commute via Metrorail and MARC, many students live in this neighborhood within easy walking distance of the campus.

College Park Estates/Yarrow
This upscale neighborhood consists of 100% single-family homes, 91% of which are owner occupied.   Housing types and styles include ranch, colonial, and split foyer.   College Park Estates/Yarrow is known for its attractive yards.

Crystal Springs/Patricia Court
Consisting of 183 one-unit detached houses, this residential neighborhood is home to many students.   It is 61% owner occupied and 39% renter occupied.   Many students walk across University Boulevard to the campus along informal footpaths.

Daniels Park/Branchville
North of Berwyn and on the opposite side of Route 1 from the campus, this area primarily includes one-unit detached homes (81%), which are 66% owner occupied and 34% renter occupied.   Metrobus and Shuttle-UM serve this neighborhood via Rhode Island Avenue.

College Park's largest neighborhood, Hollywood is immediately south of I-495 and close to the Greenbelt MetroRail and MARC Stations. It consists of over 1,200 one-unit detached homes that are 85% owner occupied and 15% renter occupied.

Located across Route 1 from the campus, Lakeland was designated an Urban Renewal Area in 1970 and received HUD funds to improve its substandard housing.   Today Lakeland's homes predominantly high-density multifamily and townhouses.   The neighborhood is 14% owner occupied and 86% renter occupied.   Renters are families, seniors, and students.

Old Town
The Old Town historic disctrict contains original structures form the Calvert family estate dating from the late Victorian period.   It consists of a mix of one-unit detached and small to medium-size multi-unit buildings, with 22% being owner occupied and 78% being renter occupied.   While conversions of single-family houses to group rentals is a trend throughout the city, it is particularly prevalent in Old Town.   Old Town is across Route 1 from Downtown College Park and the campus and is home to fraternity and sorority houses.  Old Town has issues typical of neighborhoods located near large universities, particularly where long-term residents live next door to fraternities, sororities or student group houses.   Neighborhood residents cite problems often associated with large groups of students; noise and litter, vandalism, houses in need of repair, and lack of off-street parking/parking on lawns.   Efforts are underway to address these issues, and Old Town is home to many students who enjoy easy pedestrian/bike access to the campus plus use of N.I.T.E. Ride.

College Park's northernmost neighborhood, Sunnyside is just outside I-495 and adjacent to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.   Its homes are 100% one-unit detached and 97% owner occupied.   Public transit to the University is limited.