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Old 05-02-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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So I am moving to DC this summer to attend graduate school at AU. I am not too familiar with the area, so I'd love some advice on where to live. I've done a good bit of research and there doesn't seem to be much right by AU that isn't overrun with cockroaches and undergrads...

I'd like to live by myself, within a reasonable walking distance. I am a female and will be taking night classes exclusively, so I'd like to not go too far. My budget is not strict, but I am not trying to pay anything ridiculous (maybe keep it under 1600). Any recommendations? Should I be comfortable walking around that area at night, possibly as late as 11pm?

Thanks so much!
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I'd like to live by myself, within a reasonable walking distance. I am a female and will be taking night classes exclusively, so I'd like to not go too far.
The campus is so spread out, and it is surrounded by single family housing. The Idaho Terrace apartments on the 3000 block of Idaho Avenue, NW might work. I'd suggest depending on a bike or moped, or take a bus. It's not really unsafe, but it would be a long walk.

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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The whole area around AU and the surrounding neighborhoods is the safest and most affluent part of the city. It feels more like a suburb, really. The problem with AU's campus is that it's pretty far from the closest metro stop, and apparently relying on the school-run bus that goes to and from the metro can be annoying.
I'd suggest you look at Glover Park, which is just about a mile or so down from Wisconsin Ave from AU. It's a fairly vibrant area and has a bunch of apartment buildings on Wisconsin, as well as frequent metro buses that can take you up Wisconsin.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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Okay great thanks! I will certainly check into Idaho Terrace and the Glover Park area. How is the metro bus system? Is it generally considered safe and reliable?
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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I forgot one thing: will you have a car? If not, then you might want to consider not living in walking distance of campus or the neighborhood of Glover Park that I mentioned. Like I said it's a semi-suburban area and not particularly convenient for living without a car, although it is doable.
If your plan is to be reliant on public transportation, then I think you should try to live near the Tenleytown metro station, so you will still be close to campus via a bus or longish walk, but have access to the metro and walking distance to a grocery store.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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How is the metro bus system? Is it generally considered safe and reliable?
Yes the buses are safe and reliable. The Mass. Avenue buses are probably the best way to get to AU. Glover Park is also a good area, with many students sharing the rowhouses. There are apartments also around Wisconsin and Calvert. I consider it a bit too far to walk, as I think it's over a mile, and uphill to AU.

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Old 05-02-2012, 08:19 PM
 
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I forgot one thing: will you have a car?
Unfortunately, no I will not have a car. I will be pretty much exclusively reliant on public transportation and my own two feet. Tenleytown does seem like it may be one of the more convenient locations, but I can't seem to find many apartment options there.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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Tenleytown does seem like it may be one of the more convenient locations, but I can't seem to find many apartment options there.
True, as it is mostly composed of rowhouses and single-family houses.

Does AU have a student housing office? if so, they may have apartment listings. The problem with most apartments along Massachusetts and Wisconsin is their cost. I used hotpads.com and saw many for $2400-3000/per month.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Most AU students live in Tenleytown, Van Ness, and Glover Park. A few in Columbia Heights, too.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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Does AU have a student housing office?
They do have a housing office but I have heard some negative reviews. And their website is not too helpful.

How about the area right around National Cathedral? Is that a popular location? There seems to be a number of apartment and condo options there.

And thank everyone for your advice. The input is very helpful!
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