Living in (or near) DC

Although housing in DC can be on the pricey side, there’s a lot to like about living in the DMV (the DC-Maryland-Virginia metro area). As we move closer to the summer, we’ll offer some thoughts on the pros and cons of living in different neighborhoods, as well as some cost-saving tips. For now, though, here are some overall highlights of life in the nation’s capital:

  • DC has a large population of students and young professionals. That makes for a vibrant and diverse social scene.

  • DC is an active city. You’ll notice people biking and running on trails along the Potomac. A lot of young people also participate in sports/IM leagues.

  • DC is a large cosmopolitan city, but it does not have the density of a New York or Chicago. The parks (and the National Mall) offer lovely outdoor space, and it is pretty easy to get around via public transportation. (Taxis and Uber also help.)

  • DC has outstanding theater and live music scenes. A number of the theaters offer discounted tickets for students, and the Arena Stage even has a partnership with Georgetown that allows us to attend specific performances for free. Check out the The Washington Post‘s “Going Out Guide” for a current listing of events.

  • There are delicious restaurants and fun bars throughout the city. Hot spots include U Street; 14th Street; M Street; Wisconsin Ave; Dupont; Downtown; and H St. (in Northeast). Again, check out the The Washington Post‘s “Going Out Guide.”

  • DC is home to the Verizon Center, which hosts home games of the Washington Wizards, the Mystics, the Capitals, and Georgetown’s NCAA men’s basketball team! DC also boasts professional baseball, football, and soccer teams.
  • There are many museums and galleries, and they are (almost) all free! The zoo is also free. Check out the official page on the Smithsonian Institution Museums for more details.

  • The monuments and memorials surpass expectations. They’re also free. See the website for the National Mall & Memorial Parks.

The White House