hyakku wrote:Before I decided to live on campus, looking through past threads and talking with some friends out here from D.C., DuPont Circle and Adams Morgan are probably the nicest in terms of location, proximity to metro and school, and mix of nightlife,restaurants, etc. Unfortunately you're going to be paying for it. Foggy Bottom supposedly has some spots that are a bit cheaper, and there are some apartments immediately outside of the law school, but that's like DuPont pricing and the only benefits you get are being near the law center. I think those are more geared for people working in that area. Silver spring has some really great options that I want to look into 2L year hopefully with two or three other people. It's a bit of a commute if you have to metro but I should have my car, and the area is supposed to be a good mix of urban/suburban life with bars, restaurants, etc.
In any case, I hope you all post where you end up or we meet each other, it'll be good to know for next year. I only ended up choosing on campus living because despite the somewhat steep cost, if I have to keep my car I can at least get parking it seems on campus, and from what I read in older thread Gerwitz residents are pretty social and get close over the year, so that would be pretty good since it's kind of a reset socially coming to D.C.
I would also add in Capitol Hill. I really want to live in Capitol Hill for 2L/3L/the rest of my life. Super close to school/everything else and if you have roommates it can be done very reasonably. I lived in NoMa last year and it was great - quiet but really close to everything, would be a relatively short walk to campus, and is on the red line, but I think most of the buildings they put up recently are pretty expensive. Re-adjusting to DC rents vs. the rural South is going to be hard.
(If I do end up at GULC) I'm choosing Gewirz for the same reasons, though. The convenience of it, despite the cost, is worth it for me for 1L.