Campus Parking and Transportation

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There are multiple methods of transportation available when getting to the contest and around campus while at the contest. Below are tabs that explain parking on the University of Maryland campus and the free NHD Shuttle Bus operated specifically for National History Day Contest participants.

NHD Shuttle Bus
Parking on Campus
NHD Shuttle Bus

The College Park Metrorail (Metro) Green Line station is located a short distance from campus. To walk the approximate 1.5 miles from the Stamp Union to the Metro, head east on Campus Drive towards Route 1 and turn right at Regents Drive. Regents Drive crosses Route 1 and turns into College Ave. Continue on College Ave for approximately half a mile and then turn right onto Columbia Ave. The Metro Station will be on your left.

To drive to the Metro, exit campus through Campus Drive (the main entrance), cross Route 1 (the road then becomes Paint Branch Parkway), then follow signs to the Metro. Please note that a Metro SmartCard is required to exit the parking garage. You can buy one at most Metro stations.

A free History Day charter shuttle bus will be available as listed below; it will shuttle between campus and the College Park Metro, departing and returning to the bus stop located across from the front of Stamp Union on Campus Drive. Look for the “#104” sign in the front window of the bus. Buses will make a continuous run approximately every 25 minutes on the following schedule. Seats are not guaranteed and you may have to wait at peak times.

Pick up bus at Lot HH in front of Stamp Student Union. These buses will be marked with #104
Saturday, June 9, 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday June 10, 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday, June 11, 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 12, 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Lot HH to Downtown College Park to College Park Metro to Residence Halls
(no stops at Lot HH after 8:30 p.m)
Saturday, June 9, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday, June 10, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Lot HH to LaPlata and Cambridge Halls on North Campus
Saturday, June 9, 2:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 10, 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday, June 11, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, June 12, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Thursday, June 14, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
(Xfinity Center added to loop on Thursday)

Regular University Shuttle
NHD participants are also welcome to ride the regular Shuttle-UM bus to/from the College Park Metro station. The 104 College Park Metro bus picks up and drops off at Stamp Student Union. Current bus schedules can be found online at

Parking on Campus

The University of Maryland has a complex system for parking on campus. Please help us help you avoid receiving parking citations by carefully reading this material and all signs around campus. National History Day and Conferences & Visitor Services cannot be responsible for parking citations of participants or their families, and will not pay for them. NHD has no control over campus parking or parking rates.

Residence hall guests may request a summer guest parking permit when they check in to campus housing.

Commuters and spectators may pre-purchase daily or competition-long permits starting soon at Representatives from the Department of Transportation Services will be available at registration during the following hours to assist with permit purchase and answer questions: Saturday, 2:00PM - 8:00PM, Sunday, 9:00AM - 8:00PM, and Monday 8:00AM - 10:00AM. After 10:00AM on Monday, guests should purchase permits online or park in designated visitor parking lots and pay the hourly/daily fee. Permits also may be purchased at the Department of Transportation's office in Regents Drive Garage during business hours, 8:15AM - 4:00PM Mon-Fri.

We strongly encourage commuters and spectators to purchase their permits in advance. Please note that only credit cards are accepted for permit purchase at registration.

If you choose to pre-purchase a permit, go to The various NHD parking permits will be listed directly on this page. There are week long permits available for $40 as well as single day permits for $12. After selecting a permit you can click “More Info” to see locations and details. You can create an account with Ace Parking or choose to continue as a guest. When your purchase is complete, you will receive an e-mail with a PDF of the permit. You are responsible for printing out the permit and displaying it appropriately.

Short term parking for registration is available in Union Lane Garage across from Stamp Student Union on Saturday and Sunday. Late registrants on Monday or Tuesday will need to use visitor parking. Visitor parking at Union Lane Garage is NOT available on Monday and Tuesday. The closest locations are the Stadium Drive Garage and Regents Drive Garage roof meters. Since parking is limited around the center of campus, guests staying in residence halls are strongly urged to park in the lots as indicated on the summer guest parking permit closest to their lodging and walk to the competition sites.

Thursday Closing Awards Ceremony
Commuters and spectators attending the closing ceremony on Thursday that have pre-purchased their permits (either the week-long inclusive permit or the one-day pass valid for Thursday only) may park in any of the lots listed on the prepay permits including: 4b, 6 (TTG), 9b, 11b. You MUST have a prepay permit to park in these lots. There will not be on-site sales for parking permits at the Xfinity center for the 2018 Awards Ceremony. Limited metered parking is available at the Xfinity Visitor Lot (XVL), previously lot 9c on a first come first serve basis. Campus meter rates are $3/hr.

Cars on campus must either display an appropriate parking permit or park in paid hourly visitor parking areas. It is especially important for the safety and security of all visitors that cars do not park in areas designated as fire lanes, handicapped spaces, or service and courier pass areas. Parking in roadways, pedestrian walkways, or on landscaped areas is also prohibited.