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Old 01-16-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Hi! I'll be moving to the DC area pretty soon to attend grad school and I would like some advice on the best place to live. I'll be attending either George Washington or Georgetown (I have yet to officially accept either offer). I've read so many things on the neighborhoods and surrounding areas of DC that it's all starting to conflict, so I've decided to ask real people.

Safety is a major concern and top priority. I'd also like somewhere diverse and that would offer the best commute possible. Just some background info on me, by time I move I'll be 21. I have a boyfriend, but he will not be living with me, as he's an active duty soldier. I'm 5'2" and 120 pounds, so once again, safety is huge for me (I'm even going to take some self defense classes). I'd like to live somewhere there's a lot to do, whether it be shopping, dining, or nightlife. I don't mind the city one bit (I live close to NYC right now), but I also love the suburbs/quieter areas.

I know I may sound like I need a realtor, but before I speak to one I want a person's honest opinions. Thank you in advance
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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All of the neighborhoods near Georgetown or GW are pretty safe as long as you use basic street smarts that one would use in any city.

The best neighborhood for you depends mostly on how much you can afford to pay per month and what kind of living arrangement you need. Any studio apartment near Georgetown or GW will probably cost around $1200 per month or higher, but if you live in a group house or apartment with multiple roommates you can probably find something where your share of the rent is as low as $750 per month.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:00 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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All of the neighborhoods near Georgetown or GW are pretty safe as long as you use basic street smarts that one would use in any city.

The best neighborhood for you depends mostly on how much you can afford to pay per month and what kind of living arrangement you need. Any studio apartment near Georgetown or GW will probably cost around $1200 per month or higher, but if you live in a group house or apartment with multiple roommates you can probably find something where your share of the rent is as low as $750 per month.
What about the surrounding areas? I hear a lot about the Red Line (I think?), Arlington, and Alexandria.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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What about the surrounding areas? I hear a lot about the Red Line (I think?), Arlington, and Alexandria.
What about them? Why not live within walking distance of campus?
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:28 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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What about them? Why not live within walking distance of campus?
I hear it's cheaper there. My budget is $2,500 with $3,000 being the absolute limit.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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I hear it's cheaper there. My budget is $2,500 with $3,000 being the absolute limit.
Your budget is quite high, even considering how expensive the city is. There is no need for you to look for cheaper neighborhoods because it is quite possible to find a 1 bedroom apartment for under $2,500 a month in Georgetown, Foggy Bottom or Dupont Circle, which would put you in walking distance of both schools.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
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What about the surrounding areas? I hear a lot about the Red Line (I think?), Arlington, and Alexandria.
The Red Line won't work for you. The Orange Line might. Arlington is cheaper than living in Foggy Bottom or Georgetown, but not by a whole lot. Your apartment will be bigger and probably nicer, but that might not be worth it. In the end, the money you spend on your commute might take away the advantage of having a cheaper apartment.

Do you have a car? That's probably the only reason I can think you'd want to live in Virginia, all else being equal.

If you go to George Washington, you'll be right by the Metro. Georgetown is a bit of a walk. I wouldn't recommend living in Virginia if you attend Georgetown. Especially with Ray's Hell Burger being closed.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I hear it's cheaper there. My budget is $2,500 with $3,000 being the absolute limit.
You can afford pretty much anywhere in the city. Congratulations. Live within walking distance of wherever you decide to go to school.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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$2,500? Can I live with you?
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:10 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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What if my budget were to be cut in half?
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