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Old 03-18-2009, 11:39 PM
 
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I have visited the school and loved the university, however, I could not see myself living in the neighborhood surrounding the university as a single woman. If anyone could direct me on a safe area to live and where I should look for an apartment that would be great ...Also is $1600 really the average price for a 1 bedroom in the NW area. Any advice, suggestions, or tips would help.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:25 AM
 
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You could try living west along U Street. I know single women who live there. As you get closer to 18th it blends into Adams Morgan, and then Dupont Circle is further south along Connecticut or New Hampshire Avenue. South of U Street around 13th & 14th gets into the Logan Circle area, which is nice as well. You could try the Mt. Pleasant area, as well. These are all fairly walkable to Howard.

As for price, $1600 for a 1-bedroom sounds about right. You might be able to find a deal, but since the U Street/Dupont/Adams Morgan/Logan Circle area is pretty desirable the prices are high. You can often find a studio for about $1300, though. Your best bet is to try and get a roommate or rent a room in a house.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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Do you desire to live in the relatively immediate area of Howard U? If not, the Metro Rail has a Howard U stop, pretty much ensuring that you can live nearly anywhere in the DC area (city or burbs) and have direct access to the University without having to drive to school, or even pay $1600 for a one bedroom.

Just a thought. Good luck!
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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If you commute to Howard via the Metro, I'd recommend using the U Street/Cardozo station rather than the Shaw/Howard University station, especially at night. The latter station is located in a rough neighborhood and there is some very sketchy development between it and the Howard University campus. The former station really isn't that much farther from the university either.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:11 AM
 
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Thanks so much for all the great responses and advice. Would you all suggest I start looking for places on Craigslist or is there another great website for DC apartments??? Also what about having a car in DC??? I know there is a metrorail but would you suggest bringing a car???
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:12 AM
 
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Thanks so for the advice about U Street Cardoza Station... I used the Shaw/Howard U last time at night and it was def sketchy...
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:26 AM
 
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Thanks so much for all the great responses and advice. Would you all suggest I start looking for places on Craigslist or is there another great website for DC apartments??? Also what about having a car in DC??? I know there is a metrorail but would you suggest bringing a car???
I have had great success with Craigslist every time I have ever moved in the past few years.

I believe having a car or not is a function of your lifestyle and your location. If you live in DC proper, the MetroBus and Metro Rail will generally get you to where you need to go. In general, a car is not absolutely necessary if you live inside of DC. If you live in the suburbs, then i'd highly recommend a car.

I personally am biased towards having a car because my lifestyle dictates that I get away from the city to enjoy the outdoors and to take random road-trips. In that respect, I personally can't imagine not having the freedom to roam as I want to, but again, that's just me.

There is a company called ZipCar that provides daily car rental for those that need an occasional car. I don't know much about the company, but that could be something for you to look into as well. I hear it's pretty popular.

Good Luck!
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all the great responses and advice. Would you all suggest I start looking for places on Craigslist or is there another great website for DC apartments??? Also what about having a car in DC??? I know there is a metrorail but would you suggest bringing a car???
I've also had a lot of luck with CraigsList. You could also try Long & Foster, it's a realty company in the area that advertises condos rented by the owner. As for having a car, if you live in the District you won't really need a car (with an exception of perhaps NW DC near American University). I brought mine anyway, since it's paid off, and some neighborhoods are easier than others to park. That said, I use my car about once or twice a week, and that's purely because I'm lazy and like to drive to the grocery store.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:34 AM
 
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Ledroit Park/Bloomingdale isn't particularly sketchy - many single women live there without incident. But if you don't feel comfortable there, then by all means look farther west (or perhaps Brookland?)
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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Ledroit Park/Bloomingdale isn't particularly sketchy - many single women live there without incident. But if you don't feel comfortable there, then by all means look farther west (or perhaps Brookland?)
Would Brookland be a cheaper neighborhood than say Ledroit Park, Columbia Heights, or Shaw?
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