Local Atmosphere

Washington, DC
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC is a good city but expensive

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC is a great city. So many museums to see, but also constant events, like a book fair, concerts, tons of resaurants, movies theaters. Nearly endless possibilities.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Washington DC is the best city to live in! Theres plenty to do in the city and on campus. The best part is how close the metro is to our campus, it's basically on CUA's campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Since Catholic is located in DC, there's a lot to do. As soon as you're off campus, there are an amazing number of things to do. Anything immediately surrounding the campus is not the safest, but once you get on the metro it's fine.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are lots of museums and things to do (it is DC after all) but the campus itself isn't in a great area of town and it isn't the safest place to be or live.


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Frankie Bustamante
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The Brookland neighborhood, where the University is located, barely makes the grade. There has been a history of crime in the area, with the unfortunate, yet perpetual feeling that things are never 100 percent safe. This notion is supported by the fact that on every street corner there is a patrol car monitoring the area. Aesthetically, Brookland is nothing special. It can look a little desolate at times, with not much to do but walk. There is a CVS, 7-Eleven, and a slew of takeout restaurants and mediocre bars, but that's about it.

But the bigger picture is a whole other animal. Washington, D.C. is an incredible city for a college student. The Metro makes mobility so easy and affordable that there is no excuse for anyone to stay in at any given point of the day (well, maybe to do homework). The monuments, museums, and historical elements galore make the city so interesting and engaging. In addition, it truly is a beautiful city, whether you stroll down the National Mall with the Washington Monument or U.S. Capitol as eye candy or shop in Georgetown or Dupont Circle, with colorful brick architecture and New England-esqe atmosphere. D.C. is both commercially and aesthetically pleasing.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. If you did not already know, most of the city's historical attractions like monuments, museums, and landmarks are free!
  2. During Halloween, you can collect candy from various countries if you trick-or-treat down Embassy Row, where foreign nations have their embassy headquarters. Go early, though—most stop answering their doors at 5 p.m.
  3. Music lovers, welcome to D.C.! Washington has a myriad of music venues for aficionados of almost every kind of genre. For top-tier rock, punk, hip-hop, and country shows, the 9:30 Club will impress, while lovers of indie rock and low-key bands will flock to the Black Cat. And for those who love mainstream, the Verizon Center is the place to be. And still, there is so much more music.
  4. For a different movie experience, students can go to free screenings of different movies at the National Gallery of Art. They may not be blockbusters, but they are artsy and classic—and free.
  5. Politics aficionados will be happy to know that at any given time and place, prominent politicians are walking all around the city. Just hang around Capitol Hill.
Notable Natives
  • Sandra Bullock – actress
  • Dave Chappelle – comedian
  • Katie Couric – talk show host, news anchor
  • Dave Grohl – member of Foo Fighters and Nirvana
  • Samuel L. Jackson – actor
  • Spike Jonze – director, producer, screenwriter, actor
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – actress ("Elaine" on "Seinfeld")
  • Maury Povich – talk show host
  • Nora Roberts – bestselling author
Points of Interest
  • DC monuments
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • U Street
Shopping Centers
  • Chinatown
  • The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
  • Georgetown
  • Union Station
Movie Theaters
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th St. NW
Metro: Red line, "Metro Center"
(202) 783-9494
Movie Theaters
Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14
707 Seventh St. NW
Metro: Red line, "Gallery Place-Chinatown"
(202) 393-2121
Major Sports Teams
  • Washington Capitals: NHL
  • Washington Nationals: MLB
  • Washington Redskins: NFL
  • Washington Wizards: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: : 1 hour
  • Philadelphia: : 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 32 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 96% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 65% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 26 responses

  • 8% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 38% Totally.


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