New Cairo, where the AUC campus has been located since 2007, is 35 kilometers (21.75 miles) from downtown Cairo and AUC Tahrir Square. While New Cairo is currently under development, it is considered an upscale suburb.
The new AUC housing complex is located a mere 500 meters from the campus. For a description of the buildings and its facilities and to view pictures of the model apartment, click here.
Fresh air and quiet are positives to the location. The AUC campus, within walking distance, offers facilities including a small grocery market and an extensive sports complex. There is a lot of entertainment options and commercial areas are functioning in New Cairo. Also, AUC has established a special shuttle bus from the housing development to commercial areas nearby. Click here for the shuttle bus schedule. Another option is to use the regular AUC buses that leave the campus throughout the day to go to several neighborhood in Cairo, including downtown, El Rehab, Maadi and Zamalek. Click here for the schedule of the routes.
Traveling Outside New Cairo
Travel times to other areas of Cairo range roughly from 40 minutes (Maadi, Heliopolis and Nasr City) to an hour (Garden City and downtown), possibly longer for Zamalek. It may require more time at the end of the day owing to traffic congestion. In addition, on Fridays and on weekdays in the evening, when the regular AUC bus system is not running, there is a special shuttle service for students who live on campus that goes to El Rehab, Heliopolis and Zamalek. Residents of faculty housing are also eligible to use this shuttle.
New Cairo is only 90 km from Ain El Sokhna. Ain El Sokhna is known for its crystal waters and pristine beaches. For photos of a trip organized by the Office of Faculty Housing in April 2013, please click here.
Schools in New Cairo
The AUC New Cairo housing may not be a good choice for those with children in school unless the school is in New Cairo, as the daily commute will be difficult. However, there are schools in New Cairo such as the New Cairo British International School, the Canadian International School, Choueifat International School, Modern English School and the American International School. Usually, these schools provide transportation, but it is always wise to check with them before registering.
There is a private nursery/pre-school on the AUC campus that has an agreement with AUC to give priority to AUC employees. Since there is a waiting list for certain age groups, it is best to contact them early. Click herefor more information.