td6624 wrote:How did the housing search go? Are you looking to live near the school?
The housing search was not as fruitful as I had hoped. I dedicated an entire day to searching northern VA thinking it would be cheaper. Since I wanted to ditch the car, one of my biggest needs was proximity to a metro station. Turns out apartments near metro stations in VA are nearly as expensive as living in the city.
Columbia Plaza was by far the cheapest option in Foggy Bottom. Some people at the school advised against it but didn't really give me reasons why. They just said they wouldn't live there.
I didn't get a chance to see a room at the Aston because they are all occupied, but I was told the rooms are nice and do not have the feel of a college dorm. It is a good walk to the school. The Foggy Bottom metro stop, about 5 blocks away, is closer to the school than the Aston.
Many new high rises in DC were having move in specials that brought the rent down. 1 bedrooms averaged around 2100 a month, but with a three month free move in special stretched out over the year, you could lock in a lease for 1575 a month. This is actually really low compared to everything else there and the units are very nice. Most of them were built as condos and when the market tanked they were converted into luxury apartments. We're talking stained concrete, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances. All brand new.
ApexChaser wrote:Do you know what the waitlist situation is for the Aston? I'd rather not have to deal with finding housing, but I'm not quite ready to send in my seat deposit yet. I've still got one slightly realistic application in play, but odds are GW will be my choice.
I do not have any details regarding the Aston waitlist.