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Students attending Georgetown University have the opportunity to live and learn at the nexus of world business and public policy. As the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., is home to government agencies, international bodies, global business leaders, and non-governmental organizations. The concentration of power, influence, and opportunities available in Washington, D.C., is unmatched in other cities.

Because of Georgetown University's prime location in Washington, D.C., students have access to the scholars, business executives, policymakers, and other speakers who come to campus. Students can interface directly with a number of Washington-based institutions, including The Brookings Institute, The Cato Institute, the International Monetary Fund, the Securities and Exchange Commission, The White House, The World Bank, and more.

Washington also is a top business city, particularly for high-tech and entrepreneurial startups, with incubators and investment capital and the most highly educated citizenry of any major metropolitan area in the country.

Living in Washington presents opportunities for students to supplement their learning by immersing themselves in the energy of the capital city. From Georgetown’s abundant shopping and dining venues just footsteps away from campus to the historic monuments on the National Mall, Washington offers activities for a wide variety of interests. The city is home to the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum complex with 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo.

With an eclectic mix of government offices, corporations, embassies, nonprofit organizations, and cultural organizations, the District provides Georgetown students with unparalleled access to opportunities for attending lectures, networking, and volunteering. Nightlife opportunities abound across the entire District, from Dupont Circle to the lights of Chinatown to the historic U Street area and the newly developed H Street corridor. For sports fans, Washington is the home of the Capitals, Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Mystics, DC United, and of course, the Hoyas. Georgetown University encourages all of its students to take advantage of the civic institutions, cultural attractions, and social opportunities unique to Washington:

Washington, D.C., Tourism 
Smithsonian Institute Museums
Washington Post Going Out Guide
Washingtonian’s “Cheap Eats” 
Doing Business in Washington, D.C.



All Georgetown University graduate students live in off-campus housing. Apartments and shared houses are available for rent in the many diverse and exciting neighborhoods of Washington, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Most Georgetown students choose to live in neighborhoods close to campus; each one has its own particular character. Some of the most popular student neighborhoods include:

Georgetown/Glover Park
Dupont Circle/Kalorama
Adams Morgan/U Street
Arlington / Rosslyn (Virginia)
Ballston (Virginia)
Alexandria (Virginia)

Georgetown University offers two housing search programs during which students may stay in campus dormitories while looking for an apartment. Participants also receive apartment information and can seek advice from the Office of Neighborhood Living.

“Among large metropolitan areas, Washington, D.C., has the highest concentration of Inc. 500 firms...This rise of D.C. high-growth companies is persistent in the last two decades, regardless of party administration.” 
The Ascent of America’s High-Growth Companies:
An Analysis of the Geography of Entrepreneurship
Kauffman: The Foundation of Entrepreneurship

September, 2012