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.