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Off-Campus Housing


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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Housing around GW is expensive - but so is on campus housing. It eventually ends up being cheaper to live off campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The pros is that you can interview and meet people by Facetime so you get an idea of who are you going to live with and they have a really nice website to put you with your needs. When you do off-campus it might not be safe and the values and morals of people in the long term can create conflict with the ones you have. The cost is affordable is you have scholarships loans and for graduate students that you have enough credit to have the opportunity to get the Federal Grad Plus loan. The landlords are Ok they do anything to help you because that is their business to get money out of their house/property. For safety you can always dial 911 or call the police, that a neighbor helps you but really you are on your own.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Love The Avenue but very expensive. There are many other places for off-campus housing though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing since I've only lived on campus.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don not live in DC. TRY VA or MD. The cost of living up here is so ridiculously expensive.


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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 105 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 105 responses

  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 50% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 32% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 104 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 35% Somewhat helpful.
  • 53% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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