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Useful Websites

The information below is intended assist in answering common questions students have about living in the US as well as to provide information about events and activities. Please note that VIU does not endorse or claim an affiliation with any of the sites or companies listed below. This list has been compiled only as a resource for students.

Airport Service Options Taxi Service Options
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National airport (WAS) – 
    Distance from VIU- 22 miles
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  • Dulles international airport (IAD)- 
    Distance from VIU- 13 miles
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  • Baltimore-Washington/Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) 
    Distance from VIU- 54 miles
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  • Uber– On-demand car service that allows you to request private drivers through applications for iPhone and Android devices. It is very convenient, cheap and reliable.
  • Taxi Fare Finder – Estimates your taxi fare anywhere, anytime.
  • Fairfax Red Top Cab
    Hours: 24 hours a week Phone: (703)333-333
  • Fairfax Yellow Cab
    Hours: 24 hours a week Phone: (703) 534-1111
Bus Service Social Security Card
  • Smartrip– You will need the card when taking buses and metros. Make sure you take one dollar bills with you, buses don’t have access to give you change.
    Where to get card: Online or mail, at select CVS/pharmacy, Giant Food and Safeway stores in the region that display the SmarTrip sign, Metro Sales Offices, SmarTrip® dispensers at Metrorail stations, and regional transit stores.
    Smart Trip Cards 
    How much does it cost: You can buy the Smartrip card for $2. Each trip costs around $1.75, which you need to charge to the Smartrip card in the bus machine. If you use the buses within 2 hours, you won’t be charged again.
  • Phone Applications- Download Transit AppNext BusDC Metro and Bus on you smartphones whenever you need information on the schedules of public transportations.
    Local Bus Systems
Banks Telephone Providers
Driver’s License and Car Insurance Apartment Amenities

Car Insurance