Visiting USUHS

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Visiting USU

The Uniformed Services University is located on the Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) military installation. Our physical address is:

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

4301 Jones Bridge Road

Bethesda, Maryland 20814 

  • If you wish to visit the campus and you do not possess a Department of Defense identification card you will need a sponsor to coordinate your access to NSAB.
  • If you wish to visit the campus and you need parking, you will need a USU sponsor to coordinate parking on Campus.
  • If you wish to visit the campus and you are a prospective student you will need to contact the Admissions Office.
  • If you wish to visit the campus and you will be assigned to USU please coordinate through the Command Sponsorship Program.

Parking in Bethesda

Public parking options are available in downtown Bethesda. Staff can park in these areas and then ride the Metro to the Medical Center Station. Transit benefits can be applied to the Metrorail cost, but not to public parking expenses.

  • Additional cost of parking in Bethesda
    Monthly = $140 (approximately)
  • Hourly at Meters = $.75 - $1.00 per hour

Metrorail Station Parking
Parking is available at 42 metrorail stations. The list of Metrorail stations and the daily costs for parking can be found on the WMATA website. The cost of parking is not included in the Mass Transit Fringe Benefit program. *The parking facility at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station is only one stop from the Medical Center Station.

Park and Ride Lots 
Located throughout Washington Metropolitan Region. In most cases, parking is free and there is a connection to the Metrorail via buses that can be paid for using the Transit Benefit Program. For Park and Ride Lots in the Metropolitan Washington Region (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia), please review the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments website. Meet your carpoolers or take public transportation from here:

  • Northern Virginia
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George's County
  • Frederick County
  • Anne Arundel County

Staff Parking Lots 
To park at NSA Bethesda, you will need a parking hang tag. The parking lots are designated by tenant command. 

​Contractor Parking 
Parking for the BRAC project (Clark Balfour & Beatty staff and subcontractors) should be within the designated construction zone. Violations of this guideline should be emailed to BRAC-FAQ@med.navy.mil

Gate Schedule

 

Shuttle Schedules

When the University has been closed or employees are released due to inclement weather conditions, the shuttle will run on a revised schedule if weather permits. The safety of our passengers and drivers is of utmost importance. Please Note: The shuttle schedule may also be disrupted by construction projects, traffic, or other unforeseen events. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Administrative Support Division on 295-9385/86.

USUHS Shuttle Schedule:

  • 0600 - 0930 Monday-Friday (except holidays):
    Runs continuously. (The first run leaves the USUHS tunnel at 0600; the last run leaves the Medical Center Metro at 0930.)
  • 1435 - 1800 Monday-Friday (except holidays):
    Runs continuously. (The first run leaves the USUHS tunnel at 1435; the last run leaves the USUHS tunnel at 1800.)

Traveling by Air

The Bethesda area is serviced by three major airports, National being the closest to USU:

Washington National Airport

From National Airport:
Exit the airport going west towards Route 395 Washington. You will be on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Stay on this road but do not take the Route 395 exit. Stay in the right lane of the Parkway and follow the Potomac River to Route 495 North, Maryland. Once you are in Maryland, Route 495 will split, with Route 270 to the left and Route 495 to the right. Stay to the right on 495. Take the exit for Route 355, which is also known as Wisconsin Avenue. Turn left at the entrance to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Take the first right (Palmer Rd) and follow to USU. Turn left into USU parking garage at the end of Palmer.

Dulles International Airport

From Dulles Airport:
The airport is located on an expressway that runs to and from Route 495. This expressway is called the Dulles Access Road. Take this road out of the airport to Route 495 and go North toward Rockville, Maryland. Once you are in Maryland, Route 495 will split, with Route 270 to the left and Route 495 to the right. Stay to the right on Route 495. Take the exit for Route 355, which is also known as Wisconsin Avenue. Turn left at the entrance to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Take the first right (Palmer Rd) and follow to USU. Turn left into USU parking garage at the end of Palmer.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport

From Baltimore Washington International Airport:
Following Route 195 out of the airport, get on Interstate 95 South to Washington. Once you near the beltway, I-95 will split. Bear right (West) towards Silver Spring (Exit 27). At this point you will be traveling on Route 495 West. Follow Route 495 to Connecticut Avenue. While you are exiting, keep in mind that you want to go towards Chevy Chase. Of the two lanes that go toward Chevy Chase, you want to stay in the right-hand lane. After you drive under Route 495, you will make a right-hand turn onto Jones Bridge Road. Follow to Wisconsin Avenue and turn right. Take the first right into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Turn right (Palmer Rd) and follow to USU. Turn left into USU parking garage at the end of Palmer.

Traveling by Rail

Visitors should take the Amtrak train to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Cabs and the Metrorail are available. The Cab stand is at the entrance to the station; for Metrorail, take the Red Line toward Shady Grove to the Medical Center station, then follow the directions given above (Metrorail) to walk to the University.

Metrorail

Metrorail is the least expensive way to get to the University. The Airport provides free shuttle service from all airlines to the National Airport Metrorail Station. Take the Yellow Line to Gallery Place, transfer to the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove, and get off at the Medical Center station. From there, cross Wisconson Avenue, enter the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Wood Road, make a right onto South Palmer Road, and follow it to the USU.

It is a 15-30 minute walk to the university from the Medical Center station, and travel time from the National Airport Metrorail station to the Medical Center stop is approximately 1 hour.

Driving Directions

From Downtown Washington, DC

Take Wisconsin Avenue north to Bethesda. Make a right into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, just after Jones Bridge Road. Turn right (Palmer Rd) and follow to USU. Turn left into USU parking garage at the end of Palmer.

From I-495 Virginia

Take 495 towards Rockville. At the I-270/I-495 split, stay to the right on I-495. Take the exit for Rt. 355-Wisconsin Avenue-Bethesda. Turn left at the entrance to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Turn right (Palmer Rd) and follow to USU. Turn left into USU parking garage at the end of Palmer.

From I-495 P.G. County/Baltimore

Take 495 towards Silver Spring. Exit at Connecticut Avenue-Chevy Chase. At the bottom of the exit, turn left onto Connecticut Avenue. Go to the second traffic light, which is Jones Bridge Road, and make a right. Turn right on Wisconsin Avenue, and take the first right into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Turn (Palmer Rd) and follow to USU. Turn left into USU parking garage at the end of Palmer.

From I-270

Take I-270 south. Stay to the left at the split, observe HOV restrictions during rush hour. Exit at Rt. 355-Wisconsin Avenue-Bethesda (left lane exit). Turn left at the entrance to National Naval Medical Center. Turn right (Palmer Rd) and follow to USU. Turn left into USU parking garage at the end of Palmer.

WRNMMC Base Map as of Aug 2014