I went to Georgetown as an undergrad, but I lived in and around campus so I'm not as familiar with the rest of the district as far as living costs/safety go. Also, it's been four years since I've lived in DC. From what I understand, Dupont, Georgetown and Foggy Bottom are pretty expensive to live in. What about Logan Cirlce or the U St. area? Are they safe? And as far as Van Ness or Tenleytown, aren't they kinda far away from the Law Center? And how safe is Northeast?
U-street/Columbia Heights area is cheap, easy to get to (two metro lines) and arguably fairly safe. It's a lot of fun there if you're 21, less so if you're a bit older. A car can be a pain--parking is hard to come by.
I'm thinking about GULC and am looking for a nice suburban area. have a son (as the name implies) and want something safe and preferably close to a park or an apartment complex with its own little area. I was thinking about Falls Church, but is the transfer really that annoying? Any recs for further out on the red line?