I seem to remember that you're coming from Missouri, so you'll find the prices here annoying. That said, you should be able to afford a one-bedroom given that you'll have two people. I would live on the redline, since you'll want to be able to take it to the Judciary Square stop near GULC without transferring, which can be a real pain. The neighborhood I find most appealing on the red line is Cleveland Park. It has a nice neighborhoody feel, as it has many small shops, and it has useful things like a grocery store (Magruder's), post office, the Uptown Movie theater, and some rather nice low-key bars. I had a friend who lived within a 5 minute walk of the Cleveland Park metro and paid 1200 a month for a nice 1 bedroom. Also check out stuff near Woodley Park.