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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Georgetown's atmosphere is a mix of the best aspects of city and town life. As part of DC, it has the city culture. There are countless of things to do, shopping and dining all down M street and Wisconsin Ave, the waterfront, the monuments, the museums and so much more. But it also has the town-ish vibe with all the townhouses and the some-what seclusion from the hustle of the center of DC.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Without a doubt one of the highlights of Georgetown is the location.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Living in Washington, DC is amazing. So much to do and see. A little expensive, but not as bad as NYC. The locals who live in Georgetown don't like the university/students, but they aren't much of a bother unless they call the police on parties.

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Ian Lundy
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
International Business/Marketing
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Georgetown students love their environment. During the day, Washington offers internships and employment opportunities that are literally not available any place else on earth. As long as you're interested in government, journalism, or law, there will always be a place for you to get your feet wet. At night, D.C. is just as happy to cater to the needs of college students, with several neighborhoods around the town—including the one in which the University is situated—economically dependent on undergraduates' need to cram themselves into bars and holler praise at the serendipity of life until the wee hours of the morning. Washington's main weakness is that you’ve got to pay to play, and like any major metropolis, everything from toilet paper to lobster costs more than it probably should.

It’s often said that the neighborhood of Georgetown seems to have been designed with college students in mind, and that might be true, depending on one’s definition of "college student." If a college student is someone who 1) has direct access to the bank account of a parent at the helm of a Fortune 500 company, or 2) is comfortable living in an elitist area where adult residents are openly hostile toward students and do everything they can to make life miserable for the University—then, golly, Georgetown surely was designed for college students. To be fair, Georgetown students have certainly done their part to drive up prices and irritate the neighbors, but it should be noted that if a "college student" is someone who will grudgingly walk the five blocks through a community of pale, snooty people who don’t smile, just to get to the cheap ($12 a plate) hamburger joint, then perhaps said "college student" should think about going to GW.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The cannons located in front of Georgetown's Healy Building are the only in the District to be pointed in the direction of the White House.
  2. During the Civil War, Georgetown's student population dropped to 17; after the war, the University adopted the colors blue and gray to honor students who served on both sides.
  3. Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States.
  4. Georgetown's ROTC is the oldest military unit in the District of Colombia.
  5. The Old Stone House in Georgetown is the oldest house still standing in Washington. The White House is considered a public building, rather than a residence.
Notable Natives
  • Lewis Black - comedian
  • Dave Chappelle - comedian
  • Alyson Hannigan - actress ("How I Met Your Mother")
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy - TV personality
  • Maury Povich - talk show host
Points of Interest
  • M Street
  • The National Mall
  • National monuments
  • Potomac River
  • Smithsonian Museums, The Spy Museum, and The Newseum
  • White House
Shopping Centers
  • Georgetown Park Mall
  • M Street/Wisconsin Avenue
  • Pentagon City Mall, Pentagon City, Va.
  • Potomac Mills Mall, Woodbridge, Va.
Movie Theaters
Loews Cineplex Cinema 14 Georgetown
3111 K St. NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 342-6033
Movie Theaters
Loews Cineplex Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas 6
4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 244-0882
Major Sports Teams
  • D.C. United : MLS
  • Washington Capitals: NHL
  • Washington Nationals: MLB
  • Washington Redskins: NFL
  • Washington Wizards: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 65 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 65 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 94% 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 64 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 55% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 45% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 64 responses

  • 3% No way.
  • 30% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 67% Totally.



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