6.4 out of 10

Howard University

38.9240718683718 -77.0191453201415
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Childcare
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A real college town"

Howard University falls in a very odd, almost two-faced part of town. Here you will find both elegant and modern (and affordable) apartment buildings, but if you go too far in one direction, you will end up in a considerably less pleasant part of town. The good news is that both of these "faces" tend to keep to themselves- the nice part stays to itself, as does the bad part.

This neighborhood is perfect for college students. This of course seems obvious, but there are several neighborhoods in town that, while a college is smack in the heart of them, do not offer reasonable housing options to students, or an easy jaunt to the rest of the city. Here, you can both afford an apartment, and be right where the action is.
Pros
  • Right where the action
  • intellectual stimulation
Cons
  • steps away from less-than-great neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"College town"

A number of years ago I had the opportunity t work in this neighborhood of 6,792 which is located within the northwest section of the city, and really enjoyed the experience. Howard University is generally defined as lying within the boundaries of Hobart Place, N.W., Michigan Avenue N.W., First Street N.W., W Street N.W. and Georgia Avenue. The median age for the residents of the neighborhood is under 26 due to this being a college neighborhood. The average price of homes sold in this neighborhood in 2010 and adjacent streets was $355,042. Only 28% of the homes were owner occupied, suggesting a high percentage of homes being rented.

The neighborhood does not have everything, but it comes close. Here you will find a excellent University, with numerous facilities within the neighborhood as well as nearby including a hospital and Art Gallery. The school has a number of men's and women's sports teams for those that enjoy sports. Schools include Benjamin Baneker Senior High School, Washington Metropolitan High School and the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science. Residents will find some shopping and dining options along Georgia Avenue N.W. Many will want to venture out of the neighborhood for more opportunities. Green space can be found within the grounds of the University. Metro buses run along Georgia Avenue N.W.

Crime data suggests thais is a relatively safe neighborhood with most crime being crimes against property. This is due more than likely to a large Police presence including the Howard University Police force. As always, people considering this neighborhood of any other neighborhood should due their own research and crime rates and make an informed decision.
Pros
  • intellectual stimulation
  • plenty of services
Cons
  • student influenced noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"students and services"

Howard University is one of the best Black colleges in the country. Young people from around the country come here to learn in an environment that inspires young blacks to succeed, to be the future of their race and leaders in the world at large. Around the campus there is predictably a bunch of housing, both on and off campus, that mainly houses Howard students. One of the nice things about this school is that it is good at motivating students to better themselves. However, you might point out that they are still students, and still do the crazy things you would expect of students, like stay out late and throw a party now and then. In the past, the area around the university has had a sketchy reputation because of drugs and theft, but this problem seems to be getting better. Right now, there are gentrifiers hoping to purchase a bargain home in a part of the city with plenty of public transport coverage. Thus, your success here depends on where you buy or live.
Naturally, during the summer this neighborhood is somewhat quieter, because most students go back to their homes. All year though you can count on plenty of inexpensive places to eat and hang out. Perhaps this is the biggest plus of living here.
Pros
  • plenty of services
  • intellectual stimulation
Cons
  • student influenced noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A History of Learning"

Howard University, one of the first institutions of higher learning for African Americans in the United States, has long and illustrious history of education and culture. Not only has it always attracted some of the smartest African American students in the country; it has also invited in leading professors from around the world to come to teach and research. This tradition is reflected by the neighborhood surrounding the college campus.
In addition to the historic dormitories, there are also several smaller housing complexes adjacent to the campus. Since the majority of Howard’s students come from somewhat needy backgrounds, these apartment complexes are more practical and utilitarian in nature than higher end models might be. However, they provide a great service by giving students from all parts of the country comfortable places to live and learn.
While the campus is located in the heart of the nation’s capital, it is still a college campus, and has that flavor. There are numerous fast food restaurants and small shops selling college related gear. There are also several excellent bookstores that cater to both students and the general public. So, this neighborhood will make a great place to live for anyone who loves life and learning.
Pros
  • intellectual stimulation
Cons
  • student influenced noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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