DC Housing Guide

Intern Housing Guide

Please use the following information as a helpful guide to find housing in the DC area if you are moving here for an internship or for the first time.


Rental Market

A wide variety of housing is available throughout the Washington DC area. However, real estate in the metropolitan DC area can be expensive. If cost is a key issue, remember that the farther away from the city, the less expensive the housing. If you rely on public transportation, keep in mind that living in the city requires less travel time. If you own a car, you should know that parking is generally a problem in the city, as street parking is scarce and garages are expensive. Many interns prefer to live in Northwest DC, Virginia or Maryland, near a metro stop, or to share space with a roommate to cut costs.



  • Location near a Metro stop
  • A short-term lease
  • Safety of area/neighborhood
  • Building Security
  • Furnished
  • Convenience to grocery, laundry, and transportation services


Questions to ask before you move in…

  • How long do you plan to live in Washington DC?
  • Do you plan to live with others or alone?
  • How much can you afford to pay for housing?
  • Do you need access to public transportation or will you have a car?
  • What kind of environment will most accommodate your needs and wants?
  • How close will your residence be to the of?ce?


Safety and Security

Living in Washington DC, you should take extra precautions when determining where you live, and while you are out and about in the city. When looking into housing, be sure to look for security in and near the building (i.e. locked doors, access to laundry room by non-residents, well-lit hallways and laundry rooms, grilled windows on ground ?oors and well-lit streets near the building).


Housing Resources

University On-Campus Summer Housing

Most local universities offer short-term housing for visiting interns during the summer months. Spaces are limited, so it is advisable to email or call as soon as possible.

The American University http://www.american.edu/

Catholic University of America http://www.cua.edu/

The George Washington University http://www.gwu.edu/index.cfm Georgetown University http://www.georgetown.edu/

Georgetown Law - Of?ce of Residential Life http://www.law.georgetown.edu/

Howard University http://www.howard.edu/

Gallaudet University http://www.gallaudet.edu/

University of Maryland, College Park http://www.umd.edu/


Other Housing Options

The International Student House: www.ishdc.org provides permanent dormitory housing for international students and some domestic students as well. They are often booked so be sure to call early.

Thompson-Markward Hall: https://tmhdc.org/ is a women only residence (ages of 18 ~ 34 years). It offers dormitory rooms with shared baths and cost includes meals, and is only three blocks from Union Station which serves the Red Line and Amtrak trains.

Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH): https://internsdc.com/about-wish/#

Washington Intern Housing Network (WIHN): https://thewihn.com/rates-dates/?nab=0

Intern Housing LLC: www.internhousingllc.com

Hosteling International Washington D.C.: http://hiwashingtondc.org/

Both dormitory-style and private rooms available E.W. Richardson Building Intern Housing: https://www.internhousingllc.com/

Cassa Housing: https://cassahousing.com/intern-housing


Helpful Websites

Craigslist: www.washingtondc.craigslist.org

Abodo: https://www.abodo.com/

Padmapper: https://www.padmapper.com/apartments/washington-dc

Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/

Apartments.com: www.apartments.com

Apartment Search: www.apartmentsearch.com

Apartment Guide: www.apartmentguide.com

Washington Post Classifieds: www.washingtonpost.com


Facebook Groups

Washington D.C. Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets www.facebook.com/groups/1468086266815937/

DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Housing, Sublets, and Roommates https://www.facebook.com/groups/arlingtonfairfaxrentals/

DC Libertarian Professional Circle