It seems that i have a reasonable chance of ending up in DC...Whats it like to live in? I live in central London now, i'm kind of afraid of living in a smaller boring or boring-er city. Does DC have a good night life bar/clubbing scene? How late do bars/clubs stay open? How about restaurants and cafes? Are there lots of fun areas or not so much? What is the feel of the city like? Would you feel comfortable being out late a night alone? How good is public transport? How close together are subway stops and how frequently do they run? How late do they run? What about buses?I realize that its law school and everything and that people are apparently expected to work constantly but its important to me to live in a city thats enjoyable enough.
You do get good sports.
What about in terms of recreation, accessibility to necessities (like...grocery stores) without a car, rent costs, etc. Things other than nightlife
What about in terms of recreation, accessibility to necessities (like...grocery stores) without a car, rent costs, etc. Things other than nightlife?
That in mind, there is a Giant that is also "ok" that you can get to on the metro. They always have taxis to bring you back to your apartment (for a ~$8 fee IIRC). And, you can order your groceries online and have them delivered to you, which is what I almost always did.As for other necessities, there's a lot more small and mom-and-pop stores than big retail outlets. I don't recall there being a Best Buy, or a Target, or a Wal-Mart anywhere in the city (inside the beltway). There is a mall, however, that is right off the metro. In general, though, the city is very walkable, and the metro is very nice.Capitol Hill - This is Georgetown's location. I wouldn't live farther than 8th St E. Anything past there is really trashy and unsafe. Not much nightlife (oh, how I do not miss "Hawk & Dove"), but there are a lot of happy hour places and some decent restaurants. Of course, you also get to be near Congress and the Supreme Court, but the coolness of this passes very quickly. You can choose between old apartments and old row-houses. Rent is surprisingly high (imo) for what you get. Not a ton of high-rises. I'd guess 1200-1300/m.Foggy Bottom - George Washington's location. Really nice, upscale area. Nice, kind of big buildings (it's DC, so nothing is huge). Not a ton of nightlife right there, but it's within a very reasonable distance to Georgetown and Dupont Circle, and it's not too far from Adam's Morgan. The coolest bar/club in DC is here, too -- McFadden's. Good access to the METRO. This is the most expensive area AFAIK. I'd say $1600/m.Adam's Morgan - Right near the most "true" nightlife in DC. Lots of semi run-down apartments, occasionally some crime. Cheapest place to live inside the city, however... About $1,000/m.Arlington - Outside the "city." You'll have to commute on the metro, which can sometimes be a pain because there's no "express," and you have to stop at every stop (I would guess that you'd spent ~20 minutes on the subway to GULC). I didn't spend much time at all here, but I think there's some semi-high-rise apartments that are pretty nice, and much more affordable. You could probably grab something for ~$850/m.Georgetown - Really ritzy strips, and then some nicer old row houses. Relatively expensive, and kind of far away from everything, especially since the metro doesn't have a stop there. ~$1500/m.Dupont Circle - This is where I would choose to live if I didn't stay on-campus at GULC. Really nice and upscale. New stuff, good food, very modern-city feeling (I imagine San Francisco being similar). Nice high-raise apartments, good access to a couple metro lines. Close by Adam's Morgan, and a lot of nightlife of its own. Very GLBT-friendly, but plenty of heterosexual spots as well. Rent is about $1300-1400/m.Keep in mind that all of these areas, with the exception of Arlington, are relatively close together. Downtown DC is only like 3 miles or so across (3 miles is a long way when you don't have a car, though). And the prices obviously vary a lot based on how big of a place you want, and how nice of a place you want. The prices I gave are best for ball-parking an area and comparing it. Note that if you want a really upscale place, you probably won't find it in Adam's Morgan, Capitol Hill, and maybe not in Georgetown either..
once the semester really gets going you won't have enough time to get bored with it.
The metro will get you most places, but watch out, cause it closes at midnight on weekdays, and 3am friday and saturday.
There's also a few really big clubs throughout the city.
Not much live music, almost 0 big concerts, very few good comedy shows...People in DC aren't really into the (supposed) Manhattan "stay-out-all-night" thing. The night ends at 2:30 and then you go home.