Living in DC

Washington, DC, is one of the best cities in the world in which to be a student. With a mass of scholars, research agencies, think tanks, international government organizations, and museums, DC is home to a vibrant academic and social culture. The international population allows residents to meet people from across the world and experience elements of a variety of cultures, and – as a hub for students and young professionals – there is always something to do.


A hub for students, young professionals, and innovators, DC is also a city with a rich history, resilient neighborhoods, and proud traditions.

Housing

Georgetown has two offices primarily dedicated to housing for graduate and off-campus students. The Office of Student Living maintains resources for off-campus students, and the Office of Neighborhood Life works to make living off-campus manageable by serving as a liaision between the city and students and offering the Georgetown Off-Campus Housing Service.

Georgetown students often live in the neighborhoods listed in the chart and shown on the map below. Students also live in other neighborhoods, typically along the Red Line in the northwest quadrant of DC and the Blue and Yellow Lines in nearby Arlington and Alexandria, located just across the Potomac River in Virginia.

Rent typically ranges between $800 to $1,500 per month, depending on location and living arrangements. Some students share group houses, some rent a room in a house, some share apartments, and some live on their own in a studio. Utilities vary widely, but generally cost between $80 and $150 per month.

The Office of Neighborhood Life operates the Summer Housing Opportunities Program each June that includes a housing fair and gives you the opportunity to stay free on campus for one weekend to conduct a housing search. In addition, the Student Living Office manages the Off-Campus Housing Listings to help find rental units and to help match potential roommates and The Corp provides access to Roomr, a landlord review website for the close-by DC neighborhoods of Georgetown and Burleigh. Outside of the university, students have successfully found places to live using Craigslist, PadMapper, ApartmentList, Zillow, and Trulia.

Transportation

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA/Metro) operates the region’s transportation network of buses and subways, helping students travel around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas. While there is no subway station located directly in Georgetown, the university operates free shuttles to the close-by Rosslyn and Dupont Circle stations, the Law Center, and the Arlington Loop. Many WMATA bus lines also service Georgetown, including the G2, 30N, 30S, 31, 33, 38B, the Dupont-Rosslyn Circulator, and the Georgetown-Union Station Circulator.

DC is often rated one of the best cities in the country for people who do not own a car, and the area around the university has a WalkScore of 91. Main campus is just a short walk from close to 100 restaurants and eateries, hundreds of retail stores, several parks, and ample entertainment. Greater DC is a bicycle-friendly city, each year laying miles of new bicycle lanes and expanding its successful bikeshare program, Capital Bikeshare.

While parking can be a challenge in the Georgetown area, the university has a paid parking garage for commuting students, staff, and visitors, and most apartment complexes offer their own garages, lots, or street parking passes.

Additional Resources

Extensive information and resources for graduate students planning to live in the DC area can be found on Graduate Life, maintained by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. An equally important and valuable resource for all graduate students is the Graduate Student Life Guide.