The New Cairo neighborhood is where the new AUC campus has been located since 2007 and is 35 km (21.75 miles) from downtown Cairo and the AUC Tahrir Square campus. It is currently under development, and it is considered an upscale suburb. The AUC housing complex is located a mere 500 meters from the campus.
To view the New Cairo apartment models, visit the Housing Photogallery page.
The New Cairo neighborhood is known for its fresh air and calmness. The AUC campus is within walking distance, offering facilities such as a small grocery market and an extensive sports complex. A lot of entertainment options and commercial areas are functioning in the area. In addition, AUC has established a special shuttle bus from the new housing development to commercial areas nearby. Another option is to use the regular AUC buses that leave the campus throughout the day during weekdays to go to several Cairo neighborhoods, including downtown Cairo, El Rehab, Maadi, and Zamalek.
Trips Outside New Cairo
- Going to Maadi, Heliopolis and Nasr City areas from New Cairo takes approximately 40 minutes.
- Other areas, such as Garden City, Downtown, and Zamalek, consume more time due to traffic congestion, depending on the time of the day.
- New Cairo is only 90 km from Ain El Sokhna. Ain El Sokhna is known for its crystal waters and pristine beaches.
Besides, on Fridays and weekdays in the evening, when the regular AUC bus system is not running. Instead, there is a special shuttle service for students who live on campus that go to El Rehab, Heliopolis, and Zamalek. Residents of faculty housing are also eligible to use this shuttle.
Schools in New Cairo
There are schools in New Cairo, including the New Cairo British International School, the Canadian International School, the Choueifat International School, the Modern English School, and the American International School. Usually, these schools provide transportation, but it is always wise to check with them while registering.
Maadi neighborhood is ten kilometers (six miles) south of downtown Cairo and 20 km (12 miles) southwest of AUC New Cairo. It is mostly an upper-middle-class, cosmopolitan, and Westernized suburb. Once a neighborhood of large old homes and gardens, it is rapidly being built up with apartment buildings. Though new high-rises line the corniche, a major thoroughfare along the Nile and the outskirts of town, most of Maadi consists of low and medium-rise apartment buildings surrounded, in the residential areas, by shady trees and gardens, where something seems to be in bloom in every season.
It is relatively quiet compared to Zamalek, and the streets are usually fine for walking. There is an abundance of grocery stores, shopping facilities, restaurants, fast food outlets, and indoor and outdoor cafes. Many private international schools, such as Cairo American College, the French Lycée, and the Maadi British International School. There are also several nurseries, such as The Preschool Years, Irish Nursery, Small Talk, and Small World. There are local churches.
Maadi offers family-oriented activities. The easiest transportation to downtown Cairo is by metro. Depending on the time, a taxi to downtown/Zamalek is not too time-consuming or expensive. There is an AUC bus service to the New Cairo campus that takes around 50 minutes, depending on the day's time. Afternoon return trips may require more time owing to traffic congestion. This service is free for faculty and staff.