GW’s location in the Foggy Bottom area of DC gives it a unique flavor with which no other university can compare. With government officials working nearby, the school often seems to blend into the city, but GW’s five-by-six block radius definitely feels like a traditional college campus. The University’s close proximity to bars, clubs, museums, national monuments, sports arenas, and theaters exposes students to the entire cultural experience that is DC. Students call the city an “amazing place,” and most can’t imagine living for four years in a rural environment after spending a day in DC.
At most college campuses, students hang out on their universities’ quads between classes. Although GW students often toss around Frisbees during the spring and summer, they are also out and about in the District, constantly exploring new things. People interested in the arts can see a Broadway show on tour at the National or Warner Theaters, or they can go to one of the several movie theaters near campus, which show both commercial flicks and independent films. Sports fans can take a quick metro ride to the new Nationals baseball stadium or catch a Wizards game at the Verizon Center, which is also a major concert venue. Another perk of living so close to the monuments are the beautiful nighttime views—there is nothing like watching a breath-taking meteor shower while lying beside the reflecting pool, and you can’t spend four years at GW without hooking up at the monuments (your forefathers would be proud).