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“Looking for a Place to Stay?”

Searching for housing in Washington D.C. can be a hassle, especially if you are in another state, trying to find a clean, safe, and of course, reasonably priced home over the internet!

Here are a couple of neighborhoods in the D.C. area, that are all in walking distance to public transportation, the Metro rail (also called "Metro") subway station. Some are also on major bus lines. These neighborhoods are also more expensive to live in because of their metro accessibility.  Driving is a less preferable way of transportation due to traffic and limited parking.  There are other options such as roommates and University housing options.

Adams Morgan Walk to Woodley Park and Dupont Circle metros, National Zoo, restaurants, and stores (groceries, used furniture, books, clothing, jewelry).
Mount Pleasant Diverse neighborhood adjacent to Adams Morgan.  Walk to Columbia Heights Metro, National Zoo, restaurants, Rock Creek Park.
Dupont Circle Walk up to Dupont Circle Metro, shopping, restaurants, bookstores, art galleries.
Capitol Hill Walk to Metro, House and Senate Office Buildings, Library of Congress, Georgetown University Law School, Union Station.
Northern Virginia Area This area is usually cheaper than living in DC.  Arlington and Alexandria are popular sections.  A car would be recommended but not necessary for the area.  Excellent Metro accesability.

*Other areas that are not as expensive to live in, but that are quiet, clean, and near Metro stations are Takoma Park and Silver Spring, MD. These areas are closer to the Center as well.

Roommate Resources:

Roommates Preferred, est. 1984.
Owner Betsy Neal interviews all her clients in person, and places about 600 clients in group houses annually.
Fee: $50.
2262 Hall Place NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Roommate Service, est. 1983.
Manager: Anne Pierce.
Staff meets with all seekers and some providers. References are checked. Clients can reuse the service at any time without any extra charge.
Fee: $50.
809 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314.
703-549-9816. are great sites to search for a roommate.


The American University
Office of Housing Management
Rockwood Building
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016-8016
(202) 885-2633
Summer housing fills up quickly. If you are interested in staying in the residence halls for the summer of 2004, you can only apply on-line.
On the outskirts of downtown, with suburban comfort and safety.  Metro bus line direct to DuPont Circle Metro. Also walking distance to the Tentlytown Metro. Transportation is excellent during the week in rush hour traffic, but terrible otherwise.  Minimal grocery shopping  accessibility.

Catholic University
Office of Resident Life and Food Service
St. Bonaventure Hall Washington, DC 20064
Housing and residential services. (202) 319-5277
Scenic university setting just a few Metro stops away from Union Station/ Capitol Hill. Two blocks from Brookland/CUA Metro.

George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia.

George Washington University
Office of Housing and Resident Life Division of Student Affairs Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-CLLC
Downtown D.C. living. Busy metropolitan campus scene. Walking distance to Foggy Bottom Metro. Convenient local in terms of banking, bars and shopping, but more expensive. Summer housing accommodations at The George Washington University will be available Sunday, May 23, 2004 - Saturday, August 7, 2004.

Georgetown University
P.O. Box 2214 Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-4560
****Will ONLY be offering summer housing to Georgetown University Students this summer due to housing renovations. ****Campus setting and cobblestone roads near busy shopping and restaurants. Metrobus to Dupont Circle Metro. 

Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20001
202) 662-9290
e-mail at [email protected]
Convenient to Capitol Hill and two blocks from Union Station Metro.

Howard University
2401 4th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-5661 
Contact:   James Colemam 2401 Fourth Street NW. Washington, DC 20059
If you are planning an internship in the area,  you qualify to participate in our Summer Housing Program.

Trinity College
Student Housing 125 Michigan Avenue, N.E. Washington, DC. 20017 (202) 939-5119
Near Catholic University. Metrobus to Brookland Metro.

Short-Term Lease Apartments

Corporate Suites of Washington
3636 16th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20010
(202) 483-0100
Shuttles to Van Ness and McPherson Square Metros.

Maple Towers
7610 Maple Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-8330
Eclectic neighborhood feel small-town. Access to Takoma Park Metro.

 The Parc Vista
801 S. 15th Street Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 415-8585
Polished, modern buildings near mall and movies. Near Pentagon City Metro.

Randolph Towers
4001 N. 9th Street Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 525-9000
Northern Virginia close to everything without being downtown. Near Ballston Metro.

Thompson-Markward Hall
235 2nd Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-3255
Capitol Hill living for women on a budget. 
120-bed quaint dormitory that serves interns.
Walk to Union Station and Capitol South Metros.

West Park Apartments
130 P St., N.W. Washington, DC 20009
(202) 452-1230
Fast-paced, cosmopolitan neighborhood with cafes, bookstores, and nightlife. Near Dupont Circle Metro


Washington City Paper- has housing for rent/housing for sale sections.  One of the most popular places to advertise DC-metro area housing, it has an extensive listing, with some great prices. The paper comes out on Thursdays, but the listings are posted online every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm EST, and it's best to jump on them as soon as possible--listings may no longer be available by the time the print edition goes out!

Washington Post - Real Estate section includes classified rental listings as well as neighborhood reports and other useful information and links.

Roll Call - Doesn’t have an extensive listing, but it’s worth a try.

The Hill - Not too much in the way of housing, but again, its worth a try.

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