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On 6/30/2015 at 9:44 AM, backslash said:

Is there a good resource for finding housing, other than craigslist? Heading to GWU this fall and trying to get a sense of what's available over the next 2 months. Thanks!

GW has a really good board for this.

 

Padmapper is also very solid in DC. Zillow is the other resource I'd suggest.

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After spending 4 days in D.C/NoVA and going through hell, I successfully found a place to live 3 hours before having to catch my flight back to my home area (16 hours away via car). I'll be catching the metrobus  from Arlington (Columbia Pike) to Pentagon City and then hopping on the blue line metrorail to get my graduate program @ GW in Foggy Bottom. I also will not have a car.

 

Hey OneLove21, not sure if you'll see this, but I lived on Columbia Pike and commuted to Dupont every day, and you should totally catch the 16Y if you can. It's an express bus and runs through GW, which means it runs into DC during the morning commute and back in the evening, and it tends to be faster than the metro, it's way cheaper, and you'll almost always have a seat. 

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Hey guys! Anyone else planning on moving to DC for the Fall 2016 school year? I've been accepted to a doctoral program at GW and am starting to look at places to move, which neighborhoods are good, ect. Love to hear from anyone else who is as well! 

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I've been accepted into an MA program at Georgetown and I'm trying to figure out housing, public trans, etc.  Most of these posts are from 2006 so I'm going to assume that at least some of that info isn't accurate anymore?

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On 4/6/2016 at 5:42 PM, puyple said:

I've been accepted into an MA program at Georgetown and I'm trying to figure out housing, public trans, etc.  Most of these posts are from 2006 so I'm going to assume that at least some of that info isn't accurate anymore?

Do you have specific questions? A lot certainly has changed, but the cost of living is still absurdly high :)

On 3/14/2016 at 9:15 AM, tedwards09 said:

Hey guys! Anyone else planning on moving to DC for the Fall 2016 school year? I've been accepted to a doctoral program at GW and am starting to look at places to move, which neighborhoods are good, ect. Love to hear from anyone else who is as well! 

Where you live is going to depend almost entirely on your budget. Anything relatively close to GW is going to be a 'good' neighborhood. The places folks are scared of living/consider dangerous are outside of 'downtown' and likely not a place you'd be looking. However, if you have specific questions, feel free to ask.

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Sorry this is really late, but I will be starting my PhD in the fall at UMD College Park. 

I've been having a lot of trouble finding a place to my liking. Unfortunately, I will not have a car, so my options are quite limited. People have suggested Silver Spring and Takoma Park, but would these areas be feasible without a car? The metro ride seems like a trek (50+ minutes?) and expensive ($3.45 during peak hours?). Are there any other good accessible areas for a grad student? I'm aiming for a budget of about $1200 for room and board. 

Advice would be greatly appreciated.

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7 hours ago, ChickenVoicesInMyHead said:

Sorry this is really late, but I will be starting my PhD in the fall at UMD College Park. 

I've been having a lot of trouble finding a place to my liking. Unfortunately, I will not have a car, so my options are quite limited. People have suggested Silver Spring and Takoma Park, but would these areas be feasible without a car? The metro ride seems like a trek (50+ minutes?) and expensive ($3.45 during peak hours?). Are there any other good accessible areas for a grad student? I'm aiming for a budget of about $1200 for room and board. 

Advice would be greatly appreciated.

Try the University View on Baltimore Ave. It's really nice, approx 1000 a month, and right next door to campus.

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On July 18, 2016 at 9:55 PM, ChickenVoicesInMyHead said:

Sorry this is really late, but I will be starting my PhD in the fall at UMD College Park. 

I've been having a lot of trouble finding a place to my liking. Unfortunately, I will not have a car, so my options are quite limited. People have suggested Silver Spring and Takoma Park, but would these areas be feasible without a car? The metro ride seems like a trek (50+ minutes?) and expensive ($3.45 during peak hours?). Are there any other good accessible areas for a grad student? I'm aiming for a budget of about $1200 for room and board. 

Advice would be greatly appreciated.

Hi ChickenVoices,

I grew up in DC and did my undergrad at UMD College Park. I moved to Takoma Park (MD side) and commuted to school everyday via the UMD Shuttle 111. (Shuttle 111 is from Silver Spring metro, through Takoma Park, Langley Park, and the campus. Here is the summer schedule and a map, it obviously runs more often during the fall/spring semesters: http://www.dots.umd.edu/shuttle/schedules/summer/111.pdf ). They have a phone app which gives you detailed arrival times, and the front of their buses allow for you to bring a bike as well. Best of all it is free with your UMD ID. My living situation was totally do-able and much less hectic than living on campus or in College Park. There are also RideOn buses which are operated by Montgomery County, which connect riders to metro buses and the train if need be. Many of the neighborhoods around UMD aren't that safe or they have terrible sprawl and thus less than effective public transportation. I think Silver Spring and Takoma Park are your best bets if you don't want to live in the College Park neighborhood.

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17 hours ago, trewq said:

Hi ChickenVoices,

I grew up in DC and did my undergrad at UMD College Park. I moved to Takoma Park (MD side) and commuted to school everyday via the UMD Shuttle 111. (Shuttle 111 is from Silver Spring metro, through Takoma Park, Langley Park, and the campus. Here is the summer schedule and a map, it obviously runs more often during the fall/spring semesters: http://www.dots.umd.edu/shuttle/schedules/summer/111.pdf ). They have a phone app which gives you detailed arrival times, and the front of their buses allow for you to bring a bike as well. Best of all it is free with your UMD ID. My living situation was totally do-able and much less hectic than living on campus or in College Park. There are also RideOn buses which are operated by Montgomery County, which connect riders to metro buses and the train if need be. Many of the neighborhoods around UMD aren't that safe or they have terrible sprawl and thus less than effective public transportation. I think Silver Spring and Takoma Park are your best bets if you don't want to live in the College Park neighborhood.

Thank you so much! Do you remember approximately how long the commute was by shuttle? Google Maps unfortunately does not map the UM shuttle.

I figure I can try getting a monthly pass and transfer from the red line but that will still be about an hour. 

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On 7/19/2016 at 5:34 AM, MastersHoping said:

Try the University View on Baltimore Ave. It's really nice, approx 1000 a month, and right next door to campus.

Thanks for the suggestion! However, I've been told to steer clear of the expensive apartment complexes on campus. Bad management and full of partying undergrads. 

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On 7/18/2016 at 9:55 PM, ChickenVoicesInMyHead said:

Sorry this is really late, but I will be starting my PhD in the fall at UMD College Park. 

I've been having a lot of trouble finding a place to my liking. Unfortunately, I will not have a car, so my options are quite limited. People have suggested Silver Spring and Takoma Park, but would these areas be feasible without a car? The metro ride seems like a trek (50+ minutes?) and expensive ($3.45 during peak hours?). Are there any other good accessible areas for a grad student? I'm aiming for a budget of about $1200 for room and board. 

Advice would be greatly appreciated.

At that price point and the desire to be close to/transit accessible to campus, you're really going to want to look into a shared apartment. I know you said "room and board," but I'm hoping you don't expect 1200 to include some sort of meal plan (pretty rare unless you're an undergrad living on campus anyway). I'd look on craigslist and whatever board Maryland has for shared apartments with other graduate students close to campus.

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On 7/27/2016 at 9:33 AM, soc13 said:

At that price point and the desire to be close to/transit accessible to campus, you're really going to want to look into a shared apartment. I know you said "room and board," but I'm hoping you don't expect 1200 to include some sort of meal plan (pretty rare unless you're an undergrad living on campus anyway). I'd look on craigslist and whatever board Maryland has for shared apartments with other graduate students close to campus.

Thanks! Sorry, I am still stuck on my freshman vocab. By "room and board", I meant rent fee and monthly groceries. 

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Bumping this thread to ask when people typically begin renting for the beginning of August. I currently live in a college town, so it's normal here to begin renting a year in advance.

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19 hours ago, TeaOverCoffee said:

Bumping this thread to ask when people typically begin renting for the beginning of August. I currently live in a college town, so it's normal here to begin renting a year in advance.

Hey @TeaOverCoffee - I'm living and working in DC now, so I can share a little insight.

I think this depends what area you're trying to find a spot in - if you share where you are considering going I can be a little more helpful! Typically if you're looking to live in DC (as opposed to suburbs), you'll want to look for space ~2 months in advance. It doesn't hurt to look earlier, but often I've found that listings for owner-rented spaces and even some apartments aren't up until 2 months before you'd be moving. 

That said - I haven't been a student in DC, so I'm not sure what markets are like around campuses (except that many of them are relatively steep). If you have questions about neighborhoods, etc., let me know!

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1 hour ago, impatientlywaiting26 said:

I think this depends what area you're trying to find a spot in - if you share where you are considering going I can be a little more helpful! Typically if you're looking to live in DC (as opposed to suburbs), you'll want to look for space ~2 months in advance.

Universities and colleges in DC have their commencement exercises no later than the third week of May, so you may find that there are many vacancies by the end of May. But you may want to start checking much sooner than June (if you want to live in DC) because students would have to give advanced notice of when they intend to move.

As for the College Park area, where the University of Maryland is located, some of my friends had to put down deposits to secure their apartments at least 6 months in advance for the following school year. But they wanted a particular apartment building that rents out very quickly.

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On February 12, 2017 at 11:19 PM, TeaOverCoffee said:

Bumping this thread to ask when people typically begin renting for the beginning of August. I currently live in a college town, so it's normal here to begin renting a year in advance.

When I was looking for a house near UMD for an August move in, I started looking seriously that May, but I had a hard time finding landlords who wanted to talk to me about even 2-3 months in the future (as in, I called people to respond to their listings and they laughed at me). I was looking for places that weren't extremely close to campus though, so most of the people I talked to were trying to rent houses that weren't inhabited by students who'd be leaving at the end of the school year, but were either empty or about to be and that they wanted to fill as quickly as possible. I lucked out in finding a house a few miles from campus that the owner was preparing to rent for the first time and that wasn't quite ready for immediate move in. I actually found that place by checking a university page for housing listings. I think it's this page, which will likely have more private listings at the end of the school year: https://ochdatabase.umd.edu

If you're looking for an apartment, complexes like Graduate Hills and Franklin Park at Greenbelt Station were happy to talk a few months in the future.

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Hey guys! I am an international student and I just received an offer for a PhD program at Georgetown University. However, I have other choices and am now looking into factors like cost and quality of living in order to make my choice. I have a few questions and would be really happy if you could give me some hints!

I would like to rent a 2 bedroom apartment together with my partner in a good enough area, from where I can either bike to Georgetown (up to 30 minutes) or take public transportation (also up to 30 minutes). How much do we have to expect to pay per month for an apartment like this? Which areas do you recommend? How hard is it to find a place and when should we start looking? What are the pro's and con's about living in Washington D.C. compared to - let's say - California/San Francisco? 

Thanks so much for your insight!

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@Eshtah

These are some of the nicer areas in Washington DC but rent will be expensive. In order to find more reasonable priced apartments, you may have to make some compromises. The approximated prices are for 2 bedroom apartments. I suggest you start looking for apartments soon. If you wait until the summer, you may find your choices limited since you will be competing with students not only from Georgetown University, but also from George Washington and American Universities.

The Metrorail has been going through a lot of maintenance track work and has adjusted their times of operation and services. Right now there are a few proposals to cut services and times that Metro operates for the forceable future.

·      Tenleytown/Friendship Heights ($2000 - $4000)

o   Metro Stop(s): Tenleytown, Friendship Heights

o   Located north of Georgetown University's main campus

o   Probably just within your 30 minute requirement

 

·      Capitol Hill/Eastern Market ($1300 – $3900)

o   Metro Stop(s): Capitol South, Eastern Market, Union Station

o   Expect to pay approximately $2500 - $3900 to live on Capitol Hill

o   A bit outside your 30 minute requirement

·      Cleveland Park/Woodley Pa

o   Metro Stop(s): Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Van Ness ($2200 - $3900)

o   Within your 30 minute requirement

·      Foggy Bottom (approximately $2700)

o   Metro Stop(s): Foggy Bottom, Farragut North & West

o   Located near Virginia's Key Bridge and adjacent to downtown D.C.; this neighborhood is centered between Georgetown and downtown DC.

o   Within your 30 minute requirement

·      Adams Morgan/Dupont Circle ($1800 - $3000)

o   Metro Stop(s): Dupont Circle, Woodley Park

o   Within your 30 minute requirement

Take a look at Georgetown University’s website for more information

https://studentliving.georgetown.edu/off-campus/rental

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I will likely end up at Georgetown for grad school, and although I have lived in DC many years back, I realize I have very little practical information about living arrangements in the area. I'd appreciate any insights into grad life in the area. Specifically, if you could speak to these questions:

• What parts of Georgetown do grad students usually live in?

• With Georgetown being so expensive, what's the going rate for a small studio apartment located in close proximity of the university?

• What localities outside Georgetown proper are reasonable, price- and commute-wise?

Many thanks!

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Hi! I'm most likely attending George Washington University and am looking for apartments fairly nearby. From what I can tell, around the Georgetown/Foggy Bottom/DuPont areas, I've only seen studios for $1400/month or more. Since it would be ideal for me to be close to campus, I think I will be looking for roommates in this area, as I have heard you can get triple digit rents in DuPont w/2-3 people.

If you can stand the longer commute, I have seen studios for rent in NE Washington DC that rent between $835-$950. SE DC seems to be similarly priced but again, somewhat more inconvenient. Would you consider Arlington/Rosslyn? I think you can get stuff slightly cheaper there but I am having trouble finding apartments in that area on the metro, honestly.

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I can't speak from the perspective of a grad student at Georgetown but I can speak from an undergrad perspective. I got my degree from a different DC university, but I took classes at Georgetown and commuted a lot. Even in areas of DC that are less expensive and not as swanky, I'd say $1400-1500 is about the average starting price for a studio/1 bedroom, especially in areas closer to GU.

My friend lives in Glover Park in a $1500 apartment with 1 bedroom and a small den (big enough for a roommate) and I don't think she pays for all of the utilities. It is a quiet neighborhood with young professionals and some families, and (if I remember correctly) it's a 15 minute walk from Georgetown. There are buses that stop in the neighborhood, but the metro is a bit far. From what I've seen, generally apartments further from a metro stop tend to be slightly cheaper than others, but anyway, you could always check out this neighborhood and the neighborhoods in that section of DC.

Another consideration is Virginia. A lot of 20- and 30-somethings live there. Pricing is not vastly different from DC but some places are less expensive. Plenty of students at GW and GU commute from NoVA and I know there is a free Georgetown University shuttle from the main campus to Virginia (I believe it's somewhere in Rosslyn).

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On 3/23/2017 at 10:34 PM, hlsny said:

If you can stand the longer commute, I have seen studios for rent in NE Washington DC that rent between $835-$950. SE DC seems to be similarly priced but again, somewhat more inconvenient. Would you consider Arlington/Rosslyn? I think you can get stuff slightly cheaper there but I am having trouble finding apartments in that area on the metro, honestly.

At this point, frankly, I might as well gird myself for the long commutes of the NE. A friend had a studio for  $950 in Adams Morgan back in the good old days of five years ago. AdMo now boasts $1,400 studios. I definitely would consider Arlington or Rosslyn, even Alexandria, where I stayed back in 2012. It's just that prices have gone up significantly. Rent might even get a bump in the fall when so many of us will be flocking into DC.

And thank you for the insight, @Pythia. I once met a GU grad student who stayed on 16th and Spring Road, in an apartment where I used to live...which was a rather long commute to Georgetown. But the shuttle to NoVA is news to me. I'll look into it. I also hadn't thought of Glover Park. I have a former colleague who lives there and might be able to help.

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12 hours ago, DogsArePeopleToo said:

At this point, frankly, I might as well gird myself for the long commutes of the NE. A friend had a studio for  $950 in Adams Morgan back in the good old days of five years ago. AdMo now boasts $1,400 studios. I definitely would consider Arlington or Rosslyn, even Alexandria, where I stayed back in 2012. It's just that prices have gone up significantly. Rent might even get a bump in the fall when so many of us will be flocking into DC.

And thank you for the insight, @Pythia. I once met a GU grad student who stayed on 16th and Spring Road, in an apartment where I used to live...which was a rather long commute to Georgetown. But the shuttle to NoVA is news to me. I'll look into it. I also hadn't thought of Glover Park. I have a former colleague who lives there and might be able to help.

No problem! I know the feeling and I hope you find a good place to live. If you do decide on the NE, there's also a shuttle line from the Law School as well as from Dupont Circle. I commuted from the NE and sometimes took the Dupont shuttle. I'm pretty sure there's additional routes but the three I've named are the ones I saw the most.

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