Things to Consider/Important features in looking for an apartment:
- Location near Metro/Bus stop (Note: Union Station (RED Line) is closest to Senate) Parking needed/available
- Maximum occupancy per room
- A short-term lease
- Furnished or unfurnished
- Convenience to services important to you; grocery stores, laundromats, metro/bus Maintenance within living area
- Suggestion: see photos BEFORE paying deposit or full rent
Various Housing Options:
- Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) – Intern-only housing in various residences across the city.
- American University – Housing for any students or interns in the D.C. area.
- The George Washington University – Offers a range of housing types for students participating in a formal internship or volunteer/employment position in the area.
- George Mason University – Dormitories, apartments and townhouses available for summer interns
- International Student House of Washington DC – Dormitory-style housing
- The Washington Intern Housing Network – Fully furnished intern housing. Free to apply.
- Washington Internship Institute – Intern-only apartment complex.
- Catholic University Summer Housing: Catholic University provides housing for individuals who are in Washington, D.C., for educational purposes – internships, research and educational study.
- Thompson-Markward Hall: low-cost housing on Capitol Hill for women ages 18-34.
Other Helpful Websites:
Washington is served by three airports and an AMTRAK train station. Washington Reagan National is by far the closest airport to downtown DC and the only airport that is served by METRO.
Getting to and from Washington:
- Washington Reagan National Airport
- Dulles International Airport
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
- Union Station – Served by AMTRAK and regional rail lines
Getting around Washington:
Public transportation in Washington extensive with rail and bus service:
- The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates Metrorail and Metrobus service that serve Washington, Virginia and Maryland.
- The DC Circulator buses offer routes through various areas of DC including a bus that travels from Capitol Hill to Georgetown.
- Downtown, located between the Capitol and White House north of Pennsylvania Avenue, Downtown is a newly revitalized district with the Convention and MCI Centers, theaters, restaurants, hotels, and stores
- Dupont Circle is a vibrant neighborhood adjacent to downtown and is home to many shops, restaurants and private art galleries
- Georgetown, located west of Dupont Circle, is a famous historic district, partly residential and partly commercial, home to Georgetown University and hugely popular nightlife, restaurants, and shopping
- Adams-Morgan, is northeast of Dupont Circle up 18th Street and is famous for its eclectic nightlife and its wide array of ethnic eateries
- Kalorama, located northwest of Dupont Circle along Massachusetts Avenue’s embassy row (Washington’s ambassadorial quarter) is full of beautiful mansions and handsome town houses
- Foggy Bottom, south of Dupont Circle, is home to George Washington University, the Kennedy Center, and many international organizations, including the World Bank and the State Department
- Cleveland Park and Woodley Park comprise the Connecticut Avenue corridor, which is home to many shops and restaurants. The National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral are found in these neighborhoods
- Alexandria, Virginia, with its beautiful water-front Old Town, is a historically preserved district with tons of shopping and nightlife, easily accessible by the metro.
- The Washington Post
- The Washington Times
- Washington City Paper
- Washingtonian Magazine
- Washington Monthly
Historic Sites and Monuments
Washington is home to many historic sites. Take the time to visit those that are well known in addition to seeing some places off the beaten path.
- The National Mall holds most of the top sights: The Washington Monument; the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt Memorials; the Vietnam and Korean Memorials, and much more.
- The US Capitol, its associated buildings, and surrounding grounds offer up lots of history. Across the street are the three buildings of the Library of Congress as well as the Supreme Court.
- Arlington, Virginia hosts a large number of sights, especially Arlington National Cemetery with its Veteran’s memorials, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy grave sites, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Carillon. The Pentagon is also nearby.
Other historic sites to visit:
- National Archives
- Bureau of Printing and Engraving
- Ford’s Theater and Lincoln Museum
- Dumbarton Oaks
- Hillwood Museum and Garden
- Tudor Place Historic House
- The Octagon House
- Washington National Cathedral
- National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
- US Naval Observatory
- Mount Vernon
Museums and Galleries
The Smithsonian Institution is a collection of museums that offers one of the most comprehensive bodies of art and artifacts in the world. All Smithsonian museums are free and open to the public.
- Anacostia Museum
- Freer Gallery and Sackler Gallery
- Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- National Air and Space Museum
- National Museum of African Art
- National Museum of American History
- National Museum of the American Indian
- National Museum of Natural History
- National Portrait Gallery
- National Postal Museum
- National Zoological Park
- American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
Other Museums in DC:
DC Art Museums: