fetalposition wrote:I'd like to live as close to campus as possible as I will be commuting via Metro, bike, or foot. Wouldn't mind roommates, don't care if it's an apartment/house (prefer apartment), and I'd like to pay somewhere between $500 and $1,000 a month. The G-town high rises work out to be like $1,300 a month at the cheapest, so that would be my ceiling (otherwise I'd just do the high rise).
Well, in general living in a house is usualy cheaper than an apartment, and living with roommates is usually cheaper than living without. I don't know ANYONE who pays less than $750 a month in dc proper (and this person actually lives in a closet, like an actual closet), probably around $1000 a month is average of people i know who live in houses with 2+ roommates. People i know in apartments are more like 1200-1400 a month. I think gulc full time budget estimates $1100 for rent a month, and they specify that this estimate is for living with at least one roommate. If you're not within walking/biking distance to gulc be sure to add in the price of the metro a month, and keep in mind metro fares are likely to continue to rise in the future.
I think gulc has a housing office, it might be good to talk through options with them. if not, the internet is your friend. craigslist, apartment websites, etc.
edit to say there are a good number of apartment complexes in upper NW that are pretty reasonable, around cleveland park or tenleytown. They're a distance from gulc, but on the same metro line.