Many EFL students live off-campus in nearby apartments, rooms or houses. The first step to finding housing is to determine what your preferences are. Here are a few considerations:
- Do you want an apartment, a shared house, or a homestay?
- What forms of transportation are you willing to take to get to campus? Is it important that you be able to walk? Would a bus be alright? Would you mind taking the Metro? What is “walking distance” to you? For some, it’s two kilometers; for others, it’s two blocks. - Consider taking the free Georgetown shuttle (GUTS) - Is there a GUTS shuttle that is on your route that can help you? To see the shuttle routes and schedules, click here.
- How much are you willing to spend? Remember that rent rates in the area are generally high, and the closer you are to campus, the more expensive the rent might be.
Once you’ve considered these and other factors, you can start to narrow down the neighborhoods and type of housing you would find desirable.
Off-Campus Housing Options
- Internet Housing Resources - There are many internet resources available for finding off-campus housing. Click here for a list of internet resources with descriptions and tips for these sites.
- Homestays - Living in a homestay allows international students to practice their English with a host family. It also provides the unique opportunity to learn about American culture and develop lifetime friendships. Just Like Home is a full-service housing-placement company in the D.C. area.
- Short-Term Apartments and Residence Halls Off Site - Our students have lived all over the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Some popular short-term apartments and dorm-style residence halls are included in this list.
- Hotels - If you need a place to stay when you first arrive or after your housing check-out date, these hotels are near the Georgetown campus.
Knowing which neighborhoods meet your preferences best will help you use search engines at various websites that can help you find housing. Below is a list of popular neighborhoods.
- Adams Morgan – An eclectic neighborhood that has affordable eateries and offers mostly group living situations. Adams Morgan is on the Red Line Metro, so to commute to school, you would have to take the Metro to Dupont Circle (or walk approximately 1.2 miles/1.9 km) and take the free Georgetown GUTS bus from there to campus (approximately 15 minutes).
- Burleith – This neighborhood is just north of Georgetown University and is entirely residential. The housing here is a little bit cheaper than that of the immediate Georgetown area, and you can walk to campus (approximately .3 miles/.5 km).
- Cleveland Park/Woodley Park – This neighborhood is about a mile north of the furthest shuttle stop on Wisconsin Avenue. It has mostly individual houses.
- Dupont Circle – This is a very popular area with a direct bus line and GUTS bus to the university. Many restaurants and cafes are located in this area. Rent here is higher than in Glover Park and Burleith.
- Foxhall and Foxhall Village – Within walking distance of the university (approximately .8 miles/1.3 km), one can find shared houses in these areas with a wide range of prices.
- Georgetown (West) – This is the neighborhood that meets the front gates of the university. Renting here is very expensive, because of high demand and a first-class reputation.
- Palisades – You can walk to the university from some parts of the Palisades, and it’s a more affordable area in which to rent.
- Rosslyn – Rosslyn is a neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia located directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown. Because of its proximity to DC, it is generally more expensive than other parts of Arlington. Most of Rosslyn is within walking distance to Key Bridge, so walking or riding a bike to campus is an option. A GUTS shuttle also picks up at the Rosslyn Metro and travels directly to the university.
- Arlington, Virginia – Much of Arlington is Metro-accessible, and you can find a place to fit any budget. Some factors that affect rent include the age of the building and the distance to the Metro. The Rosslyn Metro serves both Orange Line and Blue Line trains, so it’s easy to take the Metro to Rosslyn and the GUTS shuttle across Key Bridge to campus. GUTS also provides a bus called the Arlington Loop, so if you find a place in Arlington that is a bit far from the Metro, it’s still possible that you won’t need the Metro to get to campus.