It is not legal to require more than one month’s rent as a security deposit. Parking is expensive and generally not included in rentA few buildings allow pets but generally only those under 25lbs. The city government offers a tenant survival guide on the dc.gov website.
Be sure to pick your priorities. Also calculate what you can afford to pay and balance that against what you are willing to pay. You might find a place just a little above your initial budget or you might find that what you think is reasonable you can’t afford on student loans.
Be sure to think about how these things will impact your studies vs how much you might save on rent. Also be prepared to have the first and
If you’re not interested in spending a lot of money on a hotel consider staying at a hostel while you look for an apt. The city also has public transportation, car-shares and bike shares.
Use the Craigslistmapview to get a sense for how far a listing is from campus.
Apartment listings can be a good source. Fees are usually paid by the management company.
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Housing in DCStudent PanelRev: 4/26/2013
Basics• Application fees & 1 month deposits arecommon• Deposit and 1st month rent by moneyorder• No pets or small pets (<25lb) common• DC Tenant Survival Guide:http://ota.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ota/publication/attachments/Tenant_Survival_Guide.pdf
Personal Checklist• How much can I afford to pay?• How much am I willing to pay?• What are my top priorities?•Nice kitchen•Near park•Close to GWU•Carpet/Hardwood•Size•Near Metro•Pets•Parking
Personal Checklist• Roommate vs living alone?• Close vs far? (DC has good publictransportation)• Quiet vs active neighborhood?
Foggy Bottom ($$$ & close)West End ($$$$ & close)Georgetown ($$$$ & close)Dupont Circle ($$$ & Central)Adams Morgan ($$ & Nightlife)Columbia Heights ($$ Diverse)Mt. Pleasant ($$ Diverse)Chinatown/Mt. Vernon ($$$Central)Southwest ($$ Quiet)Virginia (via Orange/Blue lines)Neighborhoods
The HuntHostelling International (11th&K, NW)http://hiwashingtondc.orgDuo Housing (11th & M, NW)http://duohousing.com/ZipCar: http://zipcar.comMetro:http://www.wmata.com/Capital Bike Share:http://capitalbikeshare.com/
GW Housing ServicesGW Graduate StudentHousing:http://living.gwu.edu/graduate-studentsColombia Plaza Apartments:http://www.columbiaplaza.net/Hall on VA Ave (wait list)email@example.comGW HousingDivision of Student AffairsJohn Quincy Adams House2129 Eye Street, NWWashington, DC 20052Phone: (202) 994-2552
Parting Advice• Start early (May/June)• Contact the GW Housing• Try to work directly with the property rental office orlandlords• Walk/bike around neighborhood and get buildingphone numbers• Ask at front desk of condo-buildings• Check Craigslist
Parting Advice• Consider getting a roommate• Check what’s included in the rent (gas, electricity…)• Check parking, grocery store and laundry options• Sell your car, get a bike• Give pets to family & friends• Stay CLOSE to a Metro stop, especially Blue/Orange• Move in before orientation starts– School will be very demanding– August=tourism + university move-ins
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