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This page contains driving directions for the main conference venues and check-in information for people staying at the residence halls.

Driving Directions

The campus is located on US Route 1 (also called Baltimore Avenue) in College Park. The most common access to campus is by taking Exit 25 from the DC Capital Beltway (I-495) to US Route 1 (south). The campus is located about 2 miles south of the Beltway on the right. It is a large campus, there are four major entrances, and the layout is notoriously confusing for visitors. If the directions below fail, please consult the following campus map.

Note that taxi and shuttle-bus drivers will usually know where the campus is, but it is a good idea to specify “University of Maryland, College Park” to avoid confusion with other campuses. Most do not know how to get around the campus, and so you will likely need to convey the following directions.

Driving to Van Munching Hall (Conference Meeting Rooms):
The conference meeting rooms are in Van Munching Hall. Parking is available in the adjacent Mowatt Lane Parking Garage for $2/hr and up to $10/day maximum. Assuming that you are coming to the University from the north along US Route 1, drive past the campus. Just south of the campus are the restaurants and strip malls of College Park. Turn right at a traffic light onto Knox Road. After passing some student apartments, at the first stop sign turn right onto Guilford Road. Follow the signs to Visitor Parking, and turn right into the Mowatt Lane (ML) Parking Garage. Van Munching Hall is to the left (northwest) of the garage. Google Maps
Driving to the Riggs Alumni (Sunday Evening Welcome Reception):
The welcome reception Sunday evening is in the Riggs Alumni Center. Assuming that you are coming to the University from the north along US Route 1, take the exit onto Route 193 (University Blvd) west. At the second traffic light turn left onto Stadium Drive. After a few hundred feet, bear to the right at the traffic circle. The Riggs Alumni Center is on the left just beyond Byrd Stadium. After 4:00pm, it is possible to park for free in either of the large nearby parking lots 1b or Z. Google Maps
Driving to the Golf Course (Tuesday Evening Conference Banquet):
The conference banquet Tuesday evening is at the banquet facilities at the University Golf Course. Assuming that you are driving from the Mowatt Lane Parking Garage near Van Munching, exit the garage and turn right onto Mowatt Lane. On coming to a small traffic circle, go ¾ of the way around the circle, thus turning left onto Campus Drive. At the second traffic light turn right onto Adelphi Road and bear right almost immediately onto Route 193 east. (This large divided road is not marked, but you will see a sign to “Event Parking”.) Once on Route 193, turn left at the first traffic light onto the Golf Course Road. (Do not confuse the University Golf Course with the Paint Branch Golf Complex, which is further to the east on Route 193.) Google Maps

Checking-In at the Residence Halls

Annapolis Hall:
To check in for the Residence Hall Housing, your first stop is as the Hospitality Desk in Annapolis Hall. Assuming that you are coming to the University from the north along US Route 1, drive past the main entrance (Campus Drive), and continue along Route 1 through two more traffic lights until coming to Regent's Drive at the third light. Enter the campus by turning right onto Regent's Drive. Annapolis Hall will be the first parking lot on the left. There are a limited number of metered spaces in this small lot. If they are all used, there are additional metered spaces further up the road. Google Maps
Checking In:
Once you have checked in and picked up your housing materials, you will proceed to your assigned residence hall. If you have a car, check at the Hospitality Desk for information regarding parking.
What to Bring:
The University will provide bed linens, blanket, and towels to last for your entire stay. There is no daily linen service. Recall that units are organized in suites, and have shared bathrooms. You may want to bring a bathrobe, shower shoes, an alarm clock, and any toiletries you may need.

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