St. John's is located at the heart of the Annapolis Historic District. Maryland Avenue, home to various restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, a record store, and clothing shops, is a one-minute walk from campus. Next door is Main Street, which features other convenient venues, including a CVS Pharmacy, which stocks many of the items that students need most frequently. A five-minute walk takes you to the center of tourism in Annapolis, the beautiful City Dock. Graul's, the closest grocery store, is a 2-minute drive from campus. In addition, the college provides shuttles to local malls and shopping centers on a regular basis. The city of Annapolis itself offers a free Circulator bus that travels throughout the downtown area and an inexpensive bus system. Electric taxis, which only take tips, and regular taxi services are also available.
Annapolis is between two metropolitan areas, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which are accessible by regional bus, and commuter bus, respectively. For students needing to fly from their home state or country to St. John's, the Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is the most convenient to and from campus. Reagan National Airport (DCA) is accessible by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metro – the New Carrollton Station is a 30-minute drive from campus, and can be reached using the Young Transportation bus service. Transportation to and from the Dulles International Airport (IAD) is usually a bit more challenging, but this airport is an option for those with personal vehicles.
Only juniors and seniors are allowed to park cars on campus. The city of Annapolis grants parking permits to residents of the downtown area, but this does not apply to students living on campus. Therefore, the college does not recommend that freshmen and sophomores bring cars. Some students pay a semester fee to park in the U.S. Naval Academy stadium, which is within walking distance of the campus.
Bicycles are a good method of transportation around Annapolis. There are several storage racks for bikes on campus, many of which are located inside of the dormitories.
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