Off-Campus Housing

Washington, DC
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very good. Terrible that University makes you stay on campus so long.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There a lot of variety. Some of it is very expensive, some of it is much cheaper than the on campus housing fees. However, GW doesn't let you live off campus until you are a junior which is very annoying. There is limited sophomore housing so many people are on a wait list for housing and others, such as myself, placed in random dorms.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus w/ my spouse/kids.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Get off campus as soon as you can! GW housing is the worst, but off campus is great if you can find a reasonable price (basically anything that's not GW housing is better-priced).

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have off campus housing.


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  • 1120th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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Many off-campus apartments are really close to campus. Popular buildings such as Columbia Plaza, the Empire, Letterman House, and the Statesman are actually located within campus boundaries, while apartment buildings such as Carriage House, Claridge House, and the Savoy are only a few blocks away. Rent can range from $800 to $1,700 per person per month, matching GW’s high housing prices, though living off campus is usually harder to find than on-campus housing, which is guaranteed for the first two years. Students are required by DC law to live on campus for their freshman and sophomore years. Those living on-campus do not have to worry about buying furniture, paying for cable, or getting hooked up to the Internet. However, students living off-campus enjoy their freedom and privacy.

Students at GW find off-campus housing to be a real toss-up. GW’s housing accommodations are generally beautiful, so some students prefer to live on-campus all four years, but others want more freedom and do not mind spending the extra few hundred or thousand dollars to furnish a place. Furnished apartments are the best, but they are rare. There are exceptions, though—Claridge House has pretty reasonable prices and offers some partially-furnished rooms. Most on-campus accommodations cost about the same as off-campus housing (before factoring in extra expenses), and apartments are pretty easy to find if students are willing to look hard.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
Foggy Bottom
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,700
  • 2 BR: $2,800
  • Studio: $1,400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 76 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 75 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 36% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 48% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 12% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 75 responses

  • 53% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 33% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.
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