Campus Housing

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Washington, DC
Undergrads
9,758
Tuition
$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some beautiful dorms, rest aren't great. Off campus is way less expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are more expensive than off campus housing and are worse quality. This really needs to change. Students also must live in dorms for freshman and sophomore year

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing pretty good here at GW. Well, sometimes. Most of the building are very nice and there are a lot of different housing options (singles, suite style quads, doubles, etc). Dorms like Madison are very nice--plenty of room and such. Others, like Thurston, are a kind of run down and gross (it's the freshman party dorm). The Mt. Vernon dorms are much nicer than the Foggy Bottom rooms especially West Hall which has a gym, dance studio, recording studio, theatre, and dinning hall plus kitchen and laundry on every floor plus your own microwave/fridge/freezer in every room (the layout is 4 singles adjoined to a common room in an apartment style). The only catch is that trek up to Foxhall Rd get real old real fast. They say it's a 10 minute ride. Which is true if there's zero traffic. But most of the time it will take 15-30 minutes and up to an hour if the traffic is really bad. Essentially, if you want to live on Mt. Vernon, make sure you end up in West (despite all of the suicides from that dorm in 2014). Living in GW is also very pricey. In my opinion, most of the dorms are overpriced but hey, that's DC.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got the dorm I wanted and it's gorgeous

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing gets better as you get older, but depending on the dorm you live in as a freshman, you could have 4 years of amazing housing. Freshman housing on the foggy bottom campus (based on age and cleanliness): Potomac, Lafayette, Thurston, Madison.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 928th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 967th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1118th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1262nd
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Glidden
Hometown
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Major
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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GW’s dorms are definitely some of the sweetest in the country—the majority of them are converted apartment buildings and hotels, or recently-built facilities. About half of the freshman class will live in Thurston Hall, GW’s largest dorm. Because of its reputation as a party dorm, most students who live in Thurston either love it or hate it—but most love every minute of it. Rooms range from doubles to sixes, and each has a bathroom and one or more walk-in closets. Although they might sound spacious, the rooms are cramped and residents sometimes feel like they’re on top of each other. Because more than 1,000 first-years are living together, there’s always a party in Thurston, so it can be hard to concentrate on homework there. Potomac House is another large freshman dorm, but much newer and nicer. Other freshman dorms are smaller, older, and quieter, but can still form a sense of community.

Unlike dorms at some other city schools, GW’s are all located very close to or on campus, with only a few exceptions. Freshmen placed in the dorms on the Mount Vernon campus have differing opinions about where they live. The 15-minute shuttle ride to the campus makes it much less convenient, especially when you have an 8 a.m. class on the Foggy Bottom campus to get to. However, many have a strong sense of pride and community living on the Vern and enjoy the small dorms and peaceful surroundings. The only other undergraduate dorm that is off-campus is City Hall, a one- or two-minute walk outside campus boundaries. Many students feel no need to move out of University housing because most of GW’s accommodations are so beautiful. The newest dorm at 2135 F Street is reserved for seniors but offers four singles in a suite configuration with bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, dishwasher, and laundry washers and dryers in each suite. The University prides itself on its facilities and residence halls and purchases and builds dorms regularly.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
8,245
Average Housing Costs
$9,650
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
64%
Number of Dormitories
31
Best Dorms
  • 2135 F Street
  • City Hall
  • Ivory Tower
  • New Hall
Worst Dorms
  • 2109 F Street
  • Fulbright
  • The Schenley
What You Get
Bed, study desk, desk chair, closet space, microwave, refrigerator, Internet connection, phone line, and cable TV line.
Also Available
GW has several Living and Learning Cohorts, which beginning sophomore year provide students with the option to live on the same floor as students with similar interests. Communities focus on topics including environmental sustainability, film, and politics.
Did You Know?
  • Think only students live in residence halls? You'll find a few permanent residents (non-students) living in The West End and The Schenley. The residents lived in the buildings before GW purchased the facilities and converted them into dorms, and they refused to leave their apartments.
  • The Hall on Virginia Avenue, formerly a Howard Johnson hotel, played a part in the Watergate burglary that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
  • Want to go to GW but don't like living in the city? Live on the Mount Vernon campus, located outside Foggy Bottom. The campus is only a shuttle ride away from Foggy Bottom, and while some students find it anti-social, others love the small classes and intimate living style available there. Non-Mount Vernon residents can also take classes on the campus.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

2034 G Street
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, six-person suites
Special Features: Building has kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge. Home to engineering community
2109 F Street
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 70
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles
Special Features: Each unit has a kitchen. Building has laundry facilities, TV lounge, study lounge
2135 F Street
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 480
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles or doubles in a four- or five-person suites
Special Features: Suite has two bathrooms, kitchen, washer and dryer, and living room
Building JJ
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 19
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles and quads
Special Features: Each unit has kitchen in room, living room. Building has laundry facilities, TV lounge. This "green" house is home to the environmental sustainability Living Learning Cohort.
City Hall
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 525
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Each unit has marble bathroom and a kitchen, and many units have private balcony. Only dorm to offer magnetic access cards for room entry. Building has laundry facilities, fitness room, meeting rooms, outdoor pool, study lounge
Clark Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 35
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles
Special Features: Located on the Mount Vernon campus. Building has community kitchen, laundry facilities, TV lounge
Cole Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 38
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles
Special Features: Located on the Mount Vernon campus. Building is close to library and sports complex and has community kitchen, laundry facilities, TV lounge
Crawford Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 157
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Building is close to Marvin Center and Gelman library and has community kitchen, laundry facilities, TV lounge
The Dakota
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 218
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Each unit has kitchen and washer and dryer. Building has study lounge
Francis Scott Key Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 175
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Each unit has kitchen. Building has laundry facilities and piano room
Fulbright Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 298
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style triples
Special Features: Former apartment building converted into residential housing. Each unit has kitchen. Building has laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge
Guthridge Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 254
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Each unit has full kitchen or microwave and refrigerator. Building has laundry facilities, TV lounge
Hensley Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 39
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles, doubles
Special Features: Located on the Mount Vernon campus. Building is close to Ames Dining Hall and Eckels library and has community kitchen, laundry facilities, TV lounge
International House
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 176
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles, doubles
Special Features: Each unit has full kitchen or microwave and refrigerator and dining table. Building has billiards and ping-pong tables, laundry facilities, rooftop deck, TV lounge. Home to some Greek organizations
Ivory Tower
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 730
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-styles doubles, quads
Special Features: Each unit has dining room, full kitchen and living room. Building is home to numerous dining options, several music rooms, underground parking garage
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 268
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples
Special Features: Building has kitchen in unit, laundry facilities, TV lounge, and is close to Metro station
Lafayette Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 164
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples
Special Features: Building has laundry facilities, TV lounge, is located adjacent to Marvin Center
Mable Thurston
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 1,116
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples, quads, five- and six-person rooms
Special Features: Building has fitness equipment, piano lounge, study lounge, and TV lounge
Madison Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 222
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Building has laundry facilities and TV lounge
Merriweather Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 43
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles
Special Features: Located on the Mount Vernon campus. Building has communal kitchen, laundry facilities, and TV lounge
Mitchell Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 352
Bathrooms: Shared by floor, some rooms with private bathrooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Kitchen on each floor. Building has laundry facilities, theater, 7-Eleven convenience store in basement
Munson Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 147
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples
Special Features: Kitchen in room. Building has laundry facilities, TV lounge
New Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 452
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, quads
Special Features: Kitchen in room. Building has laundry facilities, TV lounge
Potomac House
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 379
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles
Special Features: Building has laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge
The Schenley
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 172
Bathrooms: Private by room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples
Special Features: Each unit has bay windows, full kitchen, high ceilings. Building has computer lab, laundry facilities, study lounge
The Schenley
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 172
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style doubles, triples
Special Features: Each unit has bay windows, full kitchen, high ceilings. Building has laundry facilities, study lounge
Somers Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 246
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Building has community kitchen, fitness room, foosball table, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge.
Strong Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 116
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles, doubles
Special Features: Building has community kitchen, laundry facilities, piano lounge, rooftop deck.
The West End
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 210
Bathrooms: Private by room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Each unit has kitchen or cooking facilities. Building is close to Pennsylvania Avenue and has laundry facilities
The West End
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 210
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Each unit has kitchen or cooking facilities. Building has laundry facilities

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