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.

Georgetown Graduate Student Housing

Live, study, work and explore at the heart of the nation’s capital when you take advantage of Georgetown University’s graduate housing at 55 H Street N.W. Located just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Union Station and Capital One Arena and numerous transportation options, 55 H St. is a launching pad to match your educational, community and housing needs.

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