smcphils wrote:Can someone please post some of the most popular/best apartments for Gtown law students. I'd love some input from current students!
I can't speak as an experience Georgetown student (I'm an incoming 1L myself), but as someone who's lived all around the District for a decade and is engaged to someone employed by Georgetown Law, here's my take:
Overall, it's best if you have a roommate. Studios and 1-Room places start at a high price, but the jump to 2 and 3 bedrooms is very minor considering you'll be splitting the cost. Also, it depends what your primary motivations are: cost of the place, amount of space, or proximity to the Law School? I've never lived in walking distance to Georgetown Law, so my suggestions start at the 15 minute commute level and go up (though 15 minutes is not that bad considering I've got an hour commute to work every day):
Takoma Park: Quite close to the Law School, it's a 15 minute commute by metro and there are a bunch of apartment complexes right by the metro station. Overall, it's a beautiful suburban area with an active community, very liberal and family-friendly. I lived around there for 4 years and it's very affordable with a range of places from small apartments to entire houses. The one downside is that there isn't much going on in Takoma Park nightlife-wise, but A. what social life will we realistically have anyway and B. that's what the rest of DC is for. I HIGHLY recommend this area overall.
Silver Spring: One stop away from Takoma Park is Silver Spring. There are more apartment complexes so you have more choice overall, and the area has a little more of a 'city-feel' than Takoma Park. There's more going on here in terms of bars/restaurants/shopping, and is a teensy bit farther from the law school than Takoma Park (say 20 minutes commute max)
Rockville/Shady Grove: All the way on the other end of the Red Line Metro is where I currently live, and I'm actually pretty psyched about being here. It's an hour commute to the law school, but there's a bunch of great housing right near the metro and it is big and affordable. I have a two-story townhouse (shared with a fiance and two dogs), and it's fantastic - there's parking, we get a lot of room for all of our clutter, and there's plenty of shopping and restaurants for those brief moments in which we get to have some non-work life. For those coming to school right out of undergrad, this might be a rougher adjustment, but anyone who has dealt with a daily commute anyway will love Rockville.
Living in DC proper: Experiences will vary depending on exactly where in the District you live, but the commutes are quicker and there's a lot of housing that's actually in walking distance. You will not likely get a lot of space unless you are prepared to pay for it. Actually, even if you are not planning for a lot of space you will still be paying for it. I lived in Tenleytown, which was a nice area, and I've had plenty of friends in Dupont and Adams Morgan where all the night-life youthful-type action is, but have never lived right near the law school, so take this section with a grain of salt.
Living in Virginia along the western Blue/Orange/Yellow Line: I've lived in Falls Church briefly and it's very similar to Takoma but with a less-involved community and much farther away. Other parts along the Blue/Orange line strike me as very similar to my points on Silver Spring above but are all a bit farther of a commute to Georgetown. Overall I recommend sticking to the Red Line when considering a place to live but I'm probably biased on that point. There are some really lovely, spacious, and affordable options out towards Virginia, but the commute will be comparable to the Rockville/Shady Grove area.
Hope this helps!