Find out about the various resources you can use to find convenient housing in Washington, D.C.

DC Housing Guide

Housing Market

A wide variety of housing is available throughout the Washington DC area. However, real estate in the metropolitan DC area can be expensive.  If cost is a key issue, remember that the farther away from the city, the less expensive the housing. If you rely on public transportation, keep in mind that living in the city requires less travel time.  If you own a car, you should know that parking is generally a problem in the city, as street parking is scarce and garages are expensive. Many interns prefer to live in Northwest DC, Virginia or Maryland, near a metro stop.

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About Renting

Important features to consider:

  • Location near a Metro stop
  • A short-term lease
  • Safety of area/neighborhood
  • Security
  • Furnished (it’s easier to get something that’s already furnished, but you can lease furniture as well)
  • Convenience to services important to you: grocery stores, laundromats, transportation services

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Questions to Consider before Looking for Housing:

  • How long do you plan to live in Washington DC?
  • Do you plan to live with others or alone?
  • How much can you afford to pay for housing?
  • Do you need access to public transportation or will you have a car?
  • Do you want on-site laundry facilities? How close are you to grocery stores, dry cleaners, and drug stores?
  • What kind of environment will most accommodate your needs and wants?
  • How close will your residence be to the office?

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Safety and Security

Living in Washington DC, you should take extra precautions when determining where you live, and while you are out and about in the city.  When looking into housing, be sure to look for security in and near the building (i.e. locked doors, access to laundry room by non-residents, well-lit hallways and laundry rooms, grilled windows on ground floors and well-lit streets near the building).

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Where to Look

Housing specifically geared towards interns:

Intern Housing, LLC

The Johnson Building

208 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20002

(202) 608-1605

www.internhousingllc.com

The Johnson Building provides an enriching environment for conservative interns located on Massachusetts Avenue, NE, adjacent to The Heritage Foundation’s Capitol Hill headquarters and two blocks east of Union Station. The building has 27 fully furnished units; each unit provides housing for two or three interns based on its size. Resident advisors live on each floor and are passionate about helping young conservatives navigate and make the most of their time in DC.

Building features include: access controlled building, 24-hour on-site patrol officer, cable TV and Wi-Fi, coin-operated laundry facility, fitness center, library, and floor lounges. A full list of amenities is available on the website.

The Young Women’s Christian Home

Thompson-Markwood Hall

235 Second Street, NE

Washington DC, 20002

(202) 546-3255

Located on Capitol Hill within walking distance of congressional offices, government agencies, and the Library of Congress, this residence offers housing for young women ages 18-34.  They offer single, air-conditioned rooms with telephones and limited weekly maid service, with two multi-unit bathrooms located on each floor. Laundry facilities, a TV lounge, living room, library, and garden are also available to residents.  For the protection of its residents, the home prohibits alcohol and drugs on the premise, as well as male guests above the lobby level. Rental rate includes breakfast Monday through Saturday and Sunday brunch. This is a highly recommended housing option for women.

Washington Intern Student Housing

www.internsdc.com

Clean, well-furnished housing locations are all on Capitol Hill.  Housing is within walking distance of the U.S. Capitol, House and Senate offices, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Metro stations (Union Station, Capitol South and Eastern Market).

The International Student House

1825 R Street, NW

(202) 232-4007

Located near Dupont Circle, this type of housing is privately run for American and international students.  It provides dormitory style housing which includes educational, cultural and recreational activities for its residents.  Residents also experience living with people from a variety of political, religious and cultural backgrounds. In addition, each potential resident is carefully screened for security purposes of all residents.  Monthly cost includes a shared room, breakfast and dinner.

Housing through local universities and colleges:

American University

Summer Housing On-Campus/Off Campus Housing

Rockwood Building

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington DC, 20016-8039

(202) 885-2669/ (202) 885-3270

AU offers limited residence hall space from May 19 through August 10 with a two week minimum stay.  Located at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenue is the Ward Circle campus. You can also try The American University Off-Campus Housing Guide.

Catholic University of America

Summer Housing On-Campus

Housing and Residential Services, Saint Bonaventure Hall

Washington DC, 20064

(202) 319-5615

Located on the Red Line just two stops north of Union Station.  Residence hall rooms are available from May 21 through August 6.

George Washington University

Summer Housing On-Campus/Off Campus Housing Resource Center

2121 I Street NW, Rice Hall, Suite 402

Washington DC, 20052

(202) 994-6688/ (202)994-7221

Housing is available from May 19 through August 11.  GW is located near the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. The Housing Resource Center can also assist in finding housing within the DC, Maryland, or Virginia area.

Georgetown University

Summer Housing On-Campus/Off-Campus Housing Office

37th and O Streets, NW Box 2217

Washington DC, 20057

(202) 687-3999/ (202) 687-8467

Housing is available from June 2 through August 10 (3 week minimum).  GU is not near a Metro stop, but city buses can get you to and from the nearest one (Foggy Bottom, Blue or Orange Line).

Trinity College

Summer Housing On-Campus/Conference Office

125 Michigan Avenue, NE

Washington DC, 20017

(202) 939-5000

Trinity College has double rooms (with A/C) which can be rented as a single or a double.  The campus is a 5-10 minute walk to the Brooklyn/Catholic University Metro Stop (Red Line).

The Fund for American Studies

Summer Housing On-Campus/Conference Office

1621 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Washington DC, 20009

(202) 986-0384

The Fund for American Studies has available apartments that are an ideal match for semester interns. These historic apartment buildings are just steps from the Capitol building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and other DC attractions. They are also within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, night life, and DC’s oldest open air market, Eastern Market.

As fully furnished apartments, they are perfect for interns and provide an affordable and accessible way to spend a semester in DC. They are less than a five minute walk from either the Capitol South or Eastern Market Metro Stations and are a convenient way to navigate around the city. If you are new to the city and looking to meet people, we also offer roommate matching.

Off-Campus Subletting

One of the most convenient housing options is subletting from students who attend area universities.  The down sides of subletting are that you may not have an official contract with a landlord, and you will have to deal with issues such as separating phone bills.  The positives are that you will have an automatic short-term lease, sub-lets are usually partial, if not fully furnished, and most are located in areas with other students or interns. The universities and their web sites listed below contain apartment listings and some have helpful search engines.

Short Term Housing

The following are affordable short-term housing suggestions in the Washington area. If you need a place to sleep for up to a week, consider the following.

Hosteling International: Washington D.C.

http://hiwashingtondc.org

Set in the heart of downtown DC, Hostelling International-Washington, DC (HI-DC) is close to the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian museums, Chinatown, bars, restaurants, monuments, performing art centers and many more attractions.  HI-DC is also within easy walking distance of subway stations and bus stops.

HI-DC offers clean, safe and comfortable accommodations at unbeatable rates. The rates depend on the number of beds in the room selected and overall availability.  For dorm-style rooms, rates range from $25 to $45 per person, per night. Private rooms (both those with shared bath and those with private bath) will be more.

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Tips for Renting an Apartment

The Security Deposit

If you are considering renting housing, you may need to factor in the cost of a security deposit, which will usually equal one or one and one half months rent.  Your security deposit, paid with the first month’s rent, is held to pay for any damages which might occur during your occupancy, to pay for cleaning/repairs when you move out (if you don’t leave your apartment in satisfactory condition), or to hold if you don’t pay your rent.  The security deposit is an initial expense to consider when renting, one you should get returned provided you fulfill the requirements in your lease when vacating.

Furnishings

Washington has an abundance of lower-priced furniture stores, and you may want to investigate leasing furniture rather than buying.  Another alternative is buying second-hand furniture found through other university students, the Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift stores, or AMVETS.

General Furniture Leasing:

1129 20th St., NW, Washington DC, 20036

(202) 296-6555

Leases are available for a period of 3, 6, and 9 months or longer.  A deposit for the first month’s rent is required. Locations also in Alexandria and Rockville.  Special discounts are available to students.

Aaron’s Furniture:

Alexandria, Virginia (703) 941-7195

A deposit is not necessary and lease ownerships are available.

U.S.A. Discounters:

Washington, DC, (800) 300-6601

Excellent discounts are available through this company.

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Other Search Areas

These papers and web sites offer lists of available housing in DC and sometimes have search engines to help you find what you’re looking for in an apartment.

The Apartment Connection-

800-916-2787

https://www.apartments.com/washington-dc/

The Apartment Connection is the largest apartment locator in the Washington, DC area.  Long- and short-term, furnished and unfurnished apartments are listed. Ask about the Preferred Rents Program.  

Apartment Search

301/587-3733

https://www.apartmentsearch.com/apartments/district-of-columbia/washington

Free apartment search service offering personalized searches from a database of over 200,000 listings.  Nearest Metro location, short-term leases, apartments, townhouses, and special discounts are some of the features available.  All properties are located in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This service does not represent a particular management company or realtor.  

Rent.net

Washingtonorg.com

Sublet.com

The Washington City Paper

This paper is issued weekly and its web version is updated by 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, before its print version.

The Washington Post

This paper gives lists of a variety of housing opportunities in the classified section.

The Uptown Citizen

This paper is issued weekly and can be found in grocery stores, newsstands and bookshops.

OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES

www.craigslist.com 

www.washingtonpost.com

www.rollcall.com

www.hillnews.com

www.apartments.com

www.rent.net

www.aptsforrent.com

www.apartmentguide.com

www.washingtoncitypaper.com

www.hillzoo.com