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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's okay, I do not think I will be living there after graduation unless I have to.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Washington D.C. is an evolving city landscape and as such has different problems and kinks, but the perks in most cases outweigh the negative.

5 College Junior

Local Area: We have talented artists both on and off campus.

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4 College Student

Local Area: Being that it is DC, there is ALWAYS something to do, any time of the day for all types of people. Even walking around and people watching is amusing. Since Howard is on the metro line, all the museums is easily accessible, there are plenty of 18+ clubs to go to. You also have easy access to Northern Virginia and Maryland so if for whatever odd reason there is nothing to do in DC, explore Virginia and Maryland. DC is no different than any part of US, always be aware of your surroundings, try to go out with a friend if possible, if not, someone should always know where you are.

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3 College Senior

Local Area: It's getting gentrified so depending on how you feel about that...


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Washington, DC is a fast-paced city that literally has a scene for everyone, from hipsters to indies. Howard University is located in the ritzy Shaw district, minutes away from downtown, and is flanked by seven other universities. Some must-see spots in the city include the various museums and historical monuments, particularly the Museum of American History, which features numerous visually stimulating and interactive exhibits that appeal to avid and occasional museum-goers alike. For the more artsy crowd, there are places like the Corcoran, the Shakespeare Theatre, and the Kennedy Center, which all showcase plays and concerts. Other great spots include the Adams Morgan and U Street neighborhoods—home to a myriad of ethnic restaurants, bars, and clubs. Georgetown is also close and serves as a popular nightspot for many DC-area students. With so many universities in the city, many establishments provide significant student discounts and weekly specials.

For such a busy city, DC is relatively safe. However, there are of course some parts of the city that should be avoided at all costs. Overall, DC is a city that gleams with life and personality. You can always find something to do in DC—a night will never be boring.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The cherry blossoms in D.C. are so beautiful that there's a 16-day National Cherry Blossom Festival that coincides with their blossoming.
  2. The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum is visited by more than 9 million people each year.
  3. The city's flag—three red stars and two red stripes on a white background—was adopted in 1938 and is based on the shield from George Washington's family coat of arms.
  4. Washington, D.C., is home to Gallaudet University, the first higher learning institution for the advanced education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Notable Natives
  • Carl Bernstein – investigative reporter
  • Pat Buchanan – politician
  • Dave Chappelle – comedian
  • Frederick Douglass – abolitionist
  • Michael Ealy – actor
  • Duke Ellington – jazz musician
  • Marvin Gaye – R&B singer
  • Samuel L. Jackson – actor
Points of Interest
  • Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
  • Ford Theatre
  • Library of Congress
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The National Zoo
  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • U.S. National Arboretum
  • Union Station
  • The Washington Monument
  • The White House
Shopping Centers
  • The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
  • Federal Center Plaza
  • L'Enfant Plaza
  • Mazza Gallerie Mall
  • Prince George's County Mall
  • The Shops at Georgetown Plaza
  • Tysons Corner Center
  • Wheaton Plaza Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Courthouse Plaza 8
2150 Clarendon Blvd.
(703) 243-4950
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Georgetown 14
3111 K St. NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 342-6033
Movie Theaters
AMC Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 537-9551
Movie Theaters
Landmark's E Street Cinema
555 11th St. NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 783-9494
Movie Theaters
Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14
707 Seventh St. NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 393-2121
Movie Theaters
Regal Majestic 20
900 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, Md.
(301) 565-8884
Major Sports Teams
  • Washington Capitols: NHL
  • Washington Mystics: WNBA
  • Washington Nationals: MLB
  • Washington Redskins: NFL
  • Washington Wizards: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Baltimore: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 174 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 175 responses

  • 85% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 175 responses

  • 65% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 31% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 173 responses

  • 29% Totally.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% No way.



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