MEC 2018

As a land-grant institution, UMD has a large, green, and scenic campus that can be the perfect backdrop to recharging walks and morning runs. The small town of College Park has a few dining and recreational options, with more opening up in Spring and Summer 2017, including the MilkBoy ArtHouse and “The Hotel” (including a new hotel and several new restaurants and amenities). College Park is connected via the Metro with downtown Washington DC, with its world class free museums, art venues, and a vibrant and forward looking dining scene. Once on the train a Metro ride to downtown takes approximately 25 minutes and costs $3.35 ($4.05 at peak times) with a SmarTrip card (obtainable at any station for $10 including $8 credit). The last train from downtown DC (Gallery Place / Chinatown station) is at 12:16 AM.

Go to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority home page for more information on fares and timetables.

Temperatures in College Park and the DC area in May are pleasant, with highs averaging around 24.1°C and lows around 13.6°C (Wikipedia).


College Park Metro ⇄ Campus

Download 104 Shuttle Map (PDF)

The College Park Metro Station is located on River Road off Paint Branch Parkway, approximately two kilometers from campus. The College Park Metro Station UM Shuttle (104) leaves approximately every ten minutes or less from the UM Shuttle stop on the east side of the station. It will drop you off in front of the Cole Student Activities Building (#162 on the campus map). Walk to Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (#386 on the campus map).

Campus Map

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The offical campus map list all buildings on the University of Maryland campus. The buildings for the conference events are:

  • #386 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (main venue)
  • #035 McKeldin Library (workshops)
  • #147 Hornbake Library, MITH (unconference)
  • #345 College Park Marriott Hotel
Also see interactive map below.

Venue Map: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

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Venues and transport

Dining map