Our students take full advantage of Catholic University's location. Washington, D.C. has the energy of a bustling metropolis with different seasonal events that add to its charm.
Whether you are ice skating in the winter at the Sculpture Garden, or paddle-boating in the summer around the Tidal Basin, the District of Columbia is an integral part of a CUA student's experience.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex with 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo - all for free! The museums have a variety of exhibits ranging from art to space exploration, there truly is something for everyone.
Eastern Market is one of the most charming neighborhoods in the District. Be sure not to miss the flea and farmer's market, brimming with fresh produce and populated by local artisans. You can also take a leisurely stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue and witness a breathtaking view of the Capitol Building and Library of Congress. Or, grab a bite to eat at "Good Stuff Eatery" made famous by Bravo TV's top chef Spike. It's all this and more!
- Franciscan Monastery
Located just around the corner from CUA’s campus, the Franciscan Monastery has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for thousands of visitors. The beautiful grounds and architecture are truly a sight to see.
- U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Just three metro stops away from CUA’s campus is the Nation’s Capitol Building. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Find your state statue in the Visitors Center and be sure to take a free guided tour of our Nation’s Capitol.
- Arlington National Cemetery
This historic cemetery overlooks Washington DC and is home to the Tomb of the Unkowns.
Guides to Washington D.C.
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- Restaurant Guides
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View hotels that are within minutes of Catholic University's campus and the heart of Washington, D.C.
- Metro Rail
Getting around DC has never been easier. Catholic University is located only three metro stops from Union Station, where Capitol Hill is, use the Red Line to the Brookland/CUA station. Please visit the Washington Area Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for station maps, directions and to learn more about getting around DC.
- Cristina Curtin, Class of 2015