I personally am looking for a roommate or two for a place in Capitol Hill, Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Mt. Vernon, or Adams Morgan. M or F, LGBT friendly. I'm a mid-twenties female, quiet AND social, non-smoker/no drugs, about an 8/10 on the clean scale, respectful of personal space, and I have two adorable small dogs (one of whom is pictured in my tar). Looking to spend as little as possible but preferably $1100 or less per bedroom.
I'd love to live with other people like transfer students who are new to the area since I don't know anybody in DC and am only visiting the city for the first time in May. It would be great to have people who are looking to become friends with their roommates and not just hide in their bedrooms.
PM me if you have a place or want to look together! I know it's early, but I'd like to find something ASAP so I'm not rushing at the end of the summer.
Those are some really expensive neighborhoods you listed. Bloomingdale is cheaper. It's along the 80 bus route that takes you GULC. It's a quiet, quaint neighborhood but close enough that you can walk to U St. Also near the G2 if you want to go to Logan Circle and Dupont. Mt. Pleasant is a nice alternative to Columbia Heights. Or Petworth. If you're sensitive to crime, there really are no places immune from everything. But have fun fighting for housing with summer interns who come in droves to DC and the undergrads of 4-5 colleges in the fall.
If you don't drive, you'll want to live near metro stations or bus routes. If you do drive, you'll want to get DC plates and license right away. They will ticket you for parking on the streets w/o DC plates and it's not cheap. (Once you get a license, they will be calling you for jury duty pretty quickly. You cannot get out. If you have kids, they have childcare...)