self guided Tours
Self guided tours are a great option for student groups. Although you will not have a University of Maryland tour guide, the self guided scavenger hunt reviews all of the same information as a guided tour and is a fun and interactive way for your group to learn about the University. The Visitor Center can provide maps and Visitor Guides for you group, so stop by before you start your tour.
- Online Maps
- Visitor Guides
- Scavenger Hunts
- Extra Student Activities
Our scavenger hunt is intended for groups of elementary and middle school students. If you are looking to book a self guided tour for this age group, please fill out a reservation form click here. Please note that there are no time, date, or group size restrictions for this option.
All other age groups looking to do a self guided tour should stop by the Visitor Center when they arrive to campus. A Visitor Center Associate will provide you with a map and Visitor Guide that include information about campus. This option does not require a reservation.
Things to do while you are on campus
Having lunch or dinner on campus is a great way for students to get a feel for college life.
To eat in one of our campus dining halls, North Campus Diner or South Campus Dining Hall, prearrangements must be made by calling 301-314-8044 or emailing email@example.com. Prepaid dining cards for our buffet style diners can be purchased if your group pursues this option.
Your group can also eat at the food court in Stamp Student Union. Prearrangements are not required to eat in this facility, but seating for large groups can be difficult to find.
Visit the dining website to look at the hours and menus of each location. Your group is also more than welcome to bring pre-packed meals and eat picnic style in any of our outdoor locations, the Stamp Student Union, or the indoor Visitor Center Front Porch (size and time dependent).
The University is proud of its tradition of making our own ice cream on campus. To try one of our original flavors, visit The Dairy now located in the Stamp Student Union. To learn more information or to make arrangements for your group to have ice cream at The Dairy, call 301-405-1415.
The University of Maryland hosts several lectures, exhibitions, athletic events, and performances every day. See our comprehensive online events calendar for information on campus happenings during your stay. To find information regarding arts and cultural performances or athletics, visit their websites.
Traveling by school/charter bus or carIf your group wants to pick up Visitor Guides or maps, please drop your group off at the Visitor Center located in Turner Hall. The GPS address is: 7950 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20742 Buses can park in Lot 4B. When you arrive for your self guided tour, come into the Visitor Center and the Visitor Center Associate will provide your bus driver(s) with maps and directions on how to get to Lot 4B. We suggest that your tour chaperones exchange phone numbers with the bus drivers in case of any difficulty with pick-up at the end of your visit. If your group is driving in cars rather than taking a bus, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for obtaining parking passes for the Visitor Center parking lot.
Traveling by metro The University of Maryland has a metro stop on the Washington DC Metro Line. To get to our campus, use the College Park/Univ. of Maryland stop on the Green Line. When you exit the metro, wait at the UMD bus stop and take the free UMD 104 bus to campus. The Visitor Center, Stamp Student Union, and South Campus Dining Hall can all be accessed by exiting the bus at the Campus Drive at Math Slip stop. Please review the metro and UMD bus schedules for exact schedule times and view a map of the campus here.
Traveling by public bus There are many public buses that have stops on the University of Maryland campus. To see if a bus comes from your area, visit the DC Metro website and use the Trip Planner Bus Only option. The end location is College Park.
University policy requires us to cancel all school related events, including self guided tours, when the University is closed due to inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances. It is your responsibility to check the operating status of the University on the University of Maryland homepage or the "snow phone line" 301-405-SNOW (7669) to determine if the University is open. If the University is opening late due to inclement weather or extenuating circumstances, self guided tours will be cancelled if the University opens after the start time of the self guided tour. Your group is welcome to come to campus after the University has opened. Tours starting after the late opening time will not be cancelled. In the unlikely event this happens, you are welcome to visit at your earliest convenience. Please contact email@example.com to reschedule.