Washington, D.C. has been called the most livable city on the East Coast. GW Law's surrounding neighborhood, Foggy Bottom, is home to many of the government institutions that will not only inform your classroom education, but also provide opportunities for research and outside placement. Nearby resources include the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, Office of Personnel Management, American Red Cross headquarters, Federal Reserve Board, Pan American Health Organization, International Monetary Fund, and Organization of American States. Students are also close to Metrorail stations and Metrobus routes which will take you almost anywhere in the Greater Washington, D.C. region.
Our housing site is designed to help introduce you to living in Washington, D.C., and to provide information about the different housing options available to GW Law students, including: on-campus housing and off-campus housing.
For additional information, please read The GW Law Student's Housing Guide, a publication of the GW Law Student Ambassadors, created by students for students.
*Please keep in mind, the information provided in these pages is subject to change at any time.
The Law School offers first-year law students the exclusive opportunity to live at The Aston, a 117-unit residential house located just six blocks from the law school at 1129 New Hampshire Ave., NW. Each of the one-person-efficiency apartments in the building will be furnished with a bed, a modern kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven and dishwasher, a private bathroom, ample closet and drawer space, and wall-to-wall carpeting. All utilities, including electricity, water, cable television, high-speed internet access, and individual phone lines are also included in the building. The Aston also offers nearby access to the University's Health and Wellness Center. Parking is not available.
The Columbia Plaza Housing Program provides GW Law students assistance in securing an apartment (by serving as a reference and guarantor) in Columbia Plaza, a privately owned, multi-building complex at 2400 Virginia Ave., N.W., adjacent to GW’s Foggy Bottom campus. The complex offers spacious luxury apartments with polished floors, dishwashers, disposals, gas ranges, walk-in closets, a 24-hour service desk, free voice mail service, card entry access, and several shops and restaurants. Apartments are not furnished, but utilities are included in the rent. The building is also wired for digital cable and high-speed Internet access, which may be installed at tenant’s expense. Columbia Plaza also offers nearby access to theHealth and Wellness Center. The Program is managed by GW Housing Programs.
Finding a place to live off-campus in Washington may seem like a challenging process. The following points may be considered in order to make the process easier:
Know the area and know what you’re looking for
The D.C. Metro area is made up of three distinct regions, all of which offer a wide range of housing options for students: the District of Columbia, northern Virginia, and the Maryland suburbs.
Within these regions, there are dozens of neighborhoods, each with its own unique flavor and characteristics. Choosing the type of housing you want (a studio, one- or two-bedroom, townhouse, or single-family house) as well as outlining a housing budget may go hand-in-hand with deciding which neighborhood best suits your needs.
Finding the right place to live in a major metropolitan area can be a time-consuming process. Plan to start your search at least a month and a half to two months before you plan to move. This ensures that you will have time to find a place that is a good match for your budget and housing needs.
Make an apartment-finding visit
Unless you’re comfortable with the concept of renting a place sight unseen, it is imperative that you take a short apartment-finding trip to Washington. Most people budget two days to a week for this housing trip. Apartment-finding visits are most effective during the week, as most apartment complexes, brokers, and agents do not show apartments on weekends.