group of students carrying a Vermont banner at National History Day 2012

The NHD contest is based at the University of Maryland-College Park. Stamp Student Union is the epicenter, with judging at rooms in various buildings around the campus. Some students stay in the dorms, others stay in hotels in College Park, and others stay in Washington, D.C.

Map of University of Maryland-College Park Campus

UMD Parking Map

Staying in the Dorms

NHD offers dorms as an on-campus housing solution (VT coordinators stay there!) The dorms are 2-person rooms (single rooms not available). Your room will have sheets, a blanket, a pillow, and a bath towel for each person. The dorms have wi-fi and are air-conditioned. 

If you are staying in the dorm, you get a parking pass for your car. Make sure you park in the designated spots only. If you don't, you will get an expensive parking ticket. 

Click here for details on the 2023 Housing & Meal Plans

Staying off Campus

If you need to park on campus, follow all posted signs and parking regulations. Parking will be very limited on campus in 2023. The most up-to-date information on parking can be found on the NHD website.

Some hotels in College Park have shuttles that can transport you to and from campus. Just be aware that many NHD participants stay at the nearby hotels, so plan accordingly. And traffic through campus, especially during the morning rush hour, can be quite heavy and slow.

Metro Shuttles 

NHD participants can use the UMD Metro Shuttle to travel between campus and the College Park Metro Station on the Green Line. You can find schedules and information on their Transit App on their website. Construction of the Purple Line may impact travel on and around campus.

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