Housing & Neighborhood Guide

Planning to move to Washington, D.C.?

If you’re new to the D.C. area, we encourage you to take advantage of our Off-Campus Housing Service. This comprehensive database offers a variety of tools and resources to help you find off-campus housing and roommates. You’ll have access to photographs and floor plans, property descriptions and amenities, maps with proximity to campus, and direct links to a property’s email, application or lease, and website—all in one place.

Campus & Neighborhood Life

The School of Continuing Studies is located in Chinatown, one of the most accessible areas of Washington, D.C. With a perfect Transit Score of 100, our campus is located within a four-block radius of all six Metro Rail lines, countless Metro Bus stops, the DC Circulator, and more than 3,000 parking spaces. Additionally, with a Walk Score of 99—a “walker’s paradise”—our community is a convenient, walkable neighborhood full of amenities and local culture. Additionally, check out our neighborhood guide below for additional details on some of the different neighborhoods in and around campus.

Adams Morgan/U Street Corridor

  • Popular among young professionals, young families, and students, Adams Morgan is a culturally diverse area with many shops and restaurants.
  • Located near several parks, this area is a great location for those who enjoy running and being outdoors. Adams Morgan is also known for its popular nightlife.
  • Getting to SCS: Dupont Circle Metro and Woodley Park Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro—3–4 stops on the Red Line.
  • U Street Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro—3 stops on the Green and Yellow Lines.

Arlington, Virginia

  • Located across the Potomac River to the west of D.C., Arlington is a suburb in the D.C. area.
  • With a large supply of retail, nightlife, and restaurants, and easy access to public transportation, Arlington is a popular location for young professionals.
  • Arlington consists of both old and new buildings, offering both a suburban and urban atmosphere.
  • Getting to SCS is convenient from the Ballston, Clarendon, Court House, or Rosslyn Metro stops, within 5–9 stops on the Orange Line.


  • Located in downtown D.C., the School of Continuing Studies is just steps away from Chinatown housing options.
  • A historical neighborhood, Chinatown offers a variety of retail shops, restaurants, and bars.
  • Chinatown can be noisy, as it is a hub for night life and sports fans attending events at the Capital One Arena (formerly the Verizon Center), but if you're looking for a short commute to classes, Chinatown will be your best option.
  • Getting to SCS: 3 blocks North of Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro.

Columbia Heights

  • An up-and-coming area, Columbia Heights offers many retail options, including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, DSW, and a variety of shops and restaurants.
  • Columbia Heights is a readily accessible area that is popular among young professionals, and with close proximity to many Rock Creek Park, it is a popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Getting to SCS: Columbia Heights Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro—4 stops on the Green Line.

Crystal City/Pentagon City, Virginia

  • Just south of Arlington, Crystal City/Pentagon City can be a less expensive alternative to living in D.C.
  • Many residents in this area are federal employees, but there is also a large population of commuters to the D.C. area.
  • Pentagon City offers a mall, a variety of restaurants, and multiple public transportation options.
  • Getting to SCS: Crystal City or Pentagon City Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro—4–5 stops on the Yellow Line.

Dupont Circle

  • A busy and popular area, Dupont Circle is a hub for shops, restaurants, nightlife, and apartments for both young and experienced professionals.
  • Parking can be an issue in this area.
  • Getting to SCS: Dupont Circle Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro—3 stops on the Red Line.


  • Although it is a beautiful and historic area, Georgetown is not easily accessible by public transportation.
  • Many students at Georgetown University Main Campus will choose to live in this area, along with longtime D.C. residents.


  • As suburbs of the D.C. area, cities in Maryland can be a cost-effective option that also offer many conveniences such as grocery stores, retail, restaurants, bars, and larger apartments, among other things.
  • These cities are popular among a variety of diverse audiences, including families and single professionals.
  • Popular Maryland cities include Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Grosvenor, Rockville, and Silver Spring