6.2 out of 10

George Washington University

38.9000367540844 -77.0474458581212
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Snooty college kids abound"

The most typical type of person in this area is the college kid abusing Daddy's wallet. Restaurateurs and retail chains have seized this opportunity and planted some brilliant shops and food stops along the way. Founding Farmers (if you can ever get a seat) is phenomenal, has fantastic old-fashioned cocktails and (randomly) several different types of popcorn. The college itself also has a myriad of fun events going on at any given time, from foreign films to street fairs, etc. But if you're looking to save money (or, like the rest of us, are not living off your parents), this is a nice place to visit but you could probably live somewhere else
Pros
  • student influence energy
Cons
  • student influenced noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"College town"

George Washington University is a neighborhood located in the northwest section of the city and is home to approximately 7,634 residents. As the name of the neighborhood implies, everything revolves around the university or as many refer to it, GW. The boundaries for the neighborhood include K Street N.W., F Street N.W., 19th Street N.W. and 24th Street N.W.. in 2010 the average price of a home sold here was $255,900, with 28% of all homes being owner occupied. The neighborhood has a mix of university building as well as some commercial buildings as well as primarily muti-family apartments and condominiums. There a a few "row house" style attached single family homes here as well.

The School Without Walls Senior High School is located here. Non student residents will find little in the way of recreational activities here. Shopping is limited, but there are a number of restaurants in the area. Public transportation is good with the Foggy Bottom Metro station being located at 23rd Street and I Street N.W. There are also many Metro Bus stops in the neighborhood. Green space can be found at Anniversary Park. The George Washington Hospital has an excellent reputation and is a real asset to the neighborhood. The biggest thing that many will find problematic is the traffic here, which can be brutal. Also the protests that occur near the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can be particularly disruptive.

Crime statistics indicate that this is a very safe neighborhood with most crimes being property type crimes. One of the reasons for this is the George Washington University Police that patrol the neighborhood along with the Metro Police. As always check recent crime statistics to amke an informed decision as to the crime risk in any neighborhood.
Pros
  • George washing University Hospital
  • student influence energy
Cons
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"educational mecca"

George Washington University neighborhood is all about students bettering themselves, and residents fighting it every inch of the way. Trouble is, anytime there are college students, you are going to have drunken parties and other ridiculous situations. And so it goes: many neighborhood houses are rented to GWU students, who in turn carry on at all hours of the day and night. Natually, the neighbors don’t like this. The primary result of this situation is a constant tug of war between the residents and the university, and there is considerable tension as a result.
On a different note: you could do a lot worse than live in this area, primarily because in spite of the drunks on weekends there is a fairly low crime rate. If you have kids, there are plenty of young ladies to hire as babysitters, and loads of potential tutors to help your teenager with the math homework.
There is plenty of public transportation in this area, and abundant office buildings. If you don’t mind the noise from GWU students, then this is a reasonable bargain here in the District. Keep in mind: the educational level here is very high, because not only do students live here but the profs as well.
Pros
  • student influence energy
Cons
  • student influenced noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Our Favorite Son"

In many ways George Washington University is like the oldest son that everyone is so proud of in DC. After all, not only is it smart and well educated, but it also features a handsome campus with rugged, chiseled features. Add to that that it’s great in sports and tends to earn at least some of its spending money and you’ve got the perfect child.
OK, enough hyperbole. In addition to attracting some of the best and brightest students in America, GWU also attracts excellent professors and researchers bringing millions of dollars’ worth of grants to the area each year.
Lie most students, those attending GWU tend to flock toward inexpensive campus housing. However, since many of them come from wealthy families, you’re not as likely to find them subsisting on Raman noodles and hot dogs.
Another great thing is that where there are students, there’s money. Its no surprise then that there are plenty of places to eat and drink around the campus which, by the way, is located next to the Kennedy Center. Can you say “performance majors?” There are also lots of student themed shops around, too, though not as many as you might see in other college towns. I mean, DC does have a life.
Pros
  • student influence energy
Cons
  • student influenced noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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