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Explore the Baltimore Area

The city of Towson, located in Baltimore County , is a lively area rich with history, culture, nightlife, and entertainment.  There are a number of educationally stimulating and recreationally engaging opportunities to partake in.  Please explore the following links to learn more about Towson and the Greater Baltimore area.

A History of Towson

Towson, Maryland is a small city located in Baltimore County just 10 minutes north of Baltimore City .  Towson was founded in 1750 when two brothers, William and Thomas Towson, emigrated from Pennsylvania and started farming on Sater's Hill, to the northeast of York and Joppa Roads. In 1768 Thomas' son, Ezekiel built a large tavern at the crossroads, just north of where the Towson Theater is now located. A small village called "Towsontown" began to grow around it, serving area farmers who traveled on York , Dulaney Valley, and Joppa Roads.

In 1790 the Ridgely family built the magnificent Hampton estate, while other buildings were erected by other prominent families. A new era began in 1854 when the Court House construction started and Towson officially became the Baltimore County Seat. Towson retains its charm and sense of history, even though it has grown rapidly since World War II. Today it is more than a crossroads and courthouse town, having become a center for education, medicine, county government and law, and more recently a retail destination.

Source: Towson Historical Society

Looking for Something to Do?

There are many things to do in Baltimore and Towson. The following links contain information about what is going on in the Baltimore area:


Baltimore 's history is full of famous people and interesting events. The city tends to surprise tourists and students who come for a short visit.  Two must see districts are Baltimore 's Inner Harbor and Fells Point.  If you are interested in learning more about American history, we recommend visiting the following destinations:

Down the road in Washington, D.C., you can visit the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Capitol.

Students venture to downtown Towson


The Towson Town Center is a gigantic mall within walking distance of TU's campus. There are other nearby malls; however, transportation is needed as they are located several miles from campus.  Wal-Mart and Target are department stores that sell everything from food to hardware and they are located close to Towson University . 


International visitors typically arrive at Baltimore Washington International (BWI) or Washington Dulles, as they are the closest international airports to Towson .  Information on transportation from the airport to local destinations can be found at the airport web sites.  Traveling around Baltimore City and County is convenient due to a good public transportation system, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).   Traveling long distances within the United States does not have to cost a lot. 

The TU campus shuttle provides students with free transportation to many campus locations. Operated by Transportation Services, buses run weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the fall and spring terms on two routes around campus. On weekends the shuttle runs from noon to 10 p.m.  For more information call 410-704-4826.

Baltimore Collegetown Network operates a free shuttle around Baltimore with stops at Goucher College, Towson shopping district, Towson University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Loyola, Morgan State, Johns Hopkins, and Penn Station. At Penn Station students can transfer to the FREE Charm City Circulator, which travels throughout downtown Baltimore. Service is available to college students, faculty, and staff at participating schools with a valid picture college I.D.



International Student & Scholar Office
Psychology Building, Suite 408
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: 1-410-704-2421
Fax: 1-410-704-6040




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