mi-chan17 wrote:bsktbll28082 wrote:I'm interested in some recommendations on housing
A lot of folks live in Foggy Bottom or other nearby places in Northwest (Georgetown, Dupont, etc.). This will put you walking distance to school (or bussing distance), but it's also going to be pretty expensive. If you go further out, Cleveland Park or H Street, it will be slightly cheaper, but you'll need to metro in to school, which could take awhile (especially since CP is on the redline). Northeast is also on red line, which is inconvenient, and their attempts to rapidly gentrify it have resulted in rent prices that are way too high for what you're getting. Eastern Market and Capitol Hill may be worth checking out, though cost/space ratio is oftentimes as bad as in FB and Dupont.
Cheapest way to go is usually living in Arlington/Alexandria and taking metro in. It still won't be Cheap, but you get significantly more space for your money, in Virginia, and even paying metro fare won't make the cost equivalent to what you'd pay in DC. Arlington is on the orange and blue lines, both of which go to Foggy Bottom (the law school).
If you want bang for your buck, I'd recommend looking at group houses, in neighborhoods like Cap Hill, H St, Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, Shaw/U St./Ledroit, Petworth, and Mt. Pleasant. Some law school friends and I found a 4-bedroom (relatively unrenovated, mind you) house in Columbia Heights for $2700. We saved a katrillion dollars in rent over 3 years, and lived in a fun neighborhood. Even if places don't look close to school Metro on a map, pretty much everywhere is an easy half hr bike/bus commute to school from most of central DC.