Robespierre wrote:Andrew, what's the best plan for commuting/where to live? I mean, if you live in central D.C. and take the Metro, you're at the mercy of the AU shuttle which everyone seems to hate. If you live out in MD, you have traffic and (presumably) parking hassles. If you live walking distance of AU (are there such places?), your whole world revolves around the school. Which is least painful? Thanks.
Unless you'll be part-time and plan on working downtown, I'd highly suggest living in (in preferential order) Friendship Heights, Tenleytown, Van Ness, Cleveland Park. All of these are on the red line MetroRail, and are an easy commute to AU. The AU shuttle can be a mess, and the separate line to WCL runs infrequently. Friendship Heights is ideal, as the bus station there departs a bus stopping at WCL roughly every 25 minutes. There are places within walking distance (mostly private homes), but the apartment buildings tend to be centered around MetroRail stations.