Living

A group of students walking over by the metro station in foggy bottom

Graduate students at the George Washington University benefit from our central location in the heart of Washington, D.C. While you’ll see this in the classroom through the knowledge and experience of our faculty and your peers, there are also many cultural benefits that both D.C. and our campuses have to offer that you can take advantage of while you study here.

Living in D.C.

We have various campus options in the D.C. area–our centrally located Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, our Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn and our graduate education centers in Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia. Each of these campuses is easily accessible via public transportation. With Metro stations and bus stops near each, our students can live across D.C., in Maryland and in Virginia.

You also have many travel options for both you and your visitors to get to the city. GW is accessible via three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. You can also take the train to Union Station.  

The D.C. area offers many cultural and historical institutions that you can take advantage of while you study at GW. From the varied Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, Arlington National Cemetery, professional sports teams and the many unique D.C. neighborhoods, you can easily find something to fill your time between classes.

Housing

GW offers one conveniently located residence hall, the Aston, for law and other graduate students. The Aston, found near our Foggy Bottom campus, is convenient to class buildings, the GW Hospital and the rest of the city. This apartment-style residence hall offers 10 floors of single, studio style rooms with a private kitchen and bathroom. If you’re interested in living here, you can apply through GW Housing.

You can also look for off-campus housing both in the city and in the D.C. area. Each of our campuses in the area is accessible via the Metro:

  • The blue, orange and silver lines stop at Foggy Bottom–if you need to get to the Mount Vernon campus you can catch the Vern Express from here

  • The silver line takes you to Wiehle-Reston East and you can catch the VSTC shuttle to get to campus.

  • The orange and silver lines stop at Ballston, near our Arlington center.

  • The blue and yellow lines stop at King Street, near our Alexandria center.

Our Office of Off-Campus Student Affairs has additional information to help your find housing.

Student Life

While the city we call home has much to offer, the Colonial community is full exciting opportunities and people.