If Georgetown students ever have any doubts about how much they are hated by the area residents, they need only to take a walk to the nearest Metro to remember that—yes, indeed—the residents hate them a lot. The biggest gripe among students about their grown-up neighbors is that the permanent residents of Georgetown will not allow a Metro (subway) stop to be built in the community. As a result, the nearest station is a brisk 20-minute walk across the river. This fact, combined with the difficulty of parking in Georgetown, means that public transportation can be a bit of an annoyance. Students are reluctant to credit the administration for doing anything to improve the situation—though, there is a free shuttle running to two nearby Metro stations until 12 a.m. on weekdays and in the afternoons on Saturday.
If you can stand the walk to the Metro station, you’ll be home free. The Metro goes everywhere you need to go, and it runs until the wee hours of the morning. Part of the problem is that all of the other universities in the city have their own stations, and so the trek that Hoyas have to make to get on the train ends up seeming like a cosmic injustice. But the public transportation in D.C. is very clean and cheap, unless you’re talking about cabs, which are rank and expensive. Most students get around with a mix of buses, cabs, and the subway, depending on where they’re going and how quickly they have to get there. The truth is that walking is a sorely underutilized form of public transportation—D.C. is a great town for walking.