Right At Home in D.C.

The Washington Center’s Residential and Academic Facility is more than a housing facility – it’s a community, a learning environment and a place to call home while you’re in D.C.

As a student with the Washington Center, we guarantee you centrally located housing in Washington, D.C. You’ll feel right at home in either our Residential and Academic Facility or one of our partner buildings nearby. 

The Residential & Academic Facility

You’ll likely live in a two-bedroom, two bathroom apartment with three other interns. You’ll share a bedroom and a bathroom with one other student, along with your kitchen, living and dining area with your two other roommates. Apartments are fully furnished with a bed and dresser for each student, living room and dining room furnishings, washer/dryer and dishwasher in unit, and even pots, pans and cutlery already stocked in the kitchen cabinets. You’ll also find a vacuum cleaner, mop, iron and ironing board, and other daily essentials you might struggle to fit in your suitcase. If there’s something extra you may need, you’ll be walking distances from several grocery stores and a Wal-Mart.

Whether you’re in for a quiet night with your roommates watching a movie, or hosting a dinner party for all your friends, you’ll find everything you need at the RAF to feel at home.

Within the building, there is a full gym with cardio and weight-lifting equipment, a business center with computers and printers, and lounges available for studying, relaxing, or catching up with your fellow interns.

The RAF is more than just a place to eat and sleep — it’s also TWC’s primary academic building. If you live in the RAF, your evening course and LEAD programming is a quick elevator ride away. As far as we’re aware, it’s the shortest commute in Washington, D.C.

Interior of RAF apartment

Packing for D.C. 

What to Bring What Not to Bring What to Purchase After You Arrive
Twin XL sheet set Iron/Ironing board Cleaning supplies
Personal toiletries Mop and broom Dishwasher detergent laundry
Government-issued I.D. Dishes Laundry detergent
At least three business professional outfits Cutlery Groceries
Notebook, pens and other school supplies Pots and pans Toilet paper
Clothes hangers Microwave Paper towels
Towels Toaster Napkins
Blanket or comforter Furniture  
Pillows    

 

Welcome to NoMA

Beyond the National Mall, D.C. is a city of diverse and exciting neighborhoods. You’ll be living in NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue), a cosmopolitan neighborhood full of unique restaurants and nightlife.

When you first arrive in NoMa (via the NoMa/Gallaudet University Metro stop on the red line) you’ll find the RAF just a quick 10-minute walk away. Further south you’ll find the H Street Corridor, a staple destination for D.C. foodies. D.C. was awarded Bon Appetit's title of Restaurant City of the Year in 2016 and it’s easy to see why if you take a walk down H Street. You’ll find everything from authentic Ethiopian food, to ramen, to inventive vegetarian cuisine and more.

Walking in NoMA

If you continue south, you’ll find some of the more familiar sights of Washington, D.C. Embrace your inner tourist by wandering the eastern end of the National Mall where you’ll find the Supreme Court, the Capitol and a view stretching the length of the Mall, including the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. If you head north, you can explore one of the best food halls in the country, Union Market, or spend some time walking around the National Arboretum and exploring their various garden collections.

No matter what you do during your time in D.C., NoMa is an exciting (and commuter friendly) backdrop to your semester or summer. We're confident NoMA will serve as an exciting backdrop to one of the best experiences of your life.

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Student Services

Our housing is managed by a dedicated student services team to ensure you have the tools and conveniences you need to live comfortably. Our staff organizes events and programming to connect you to your peers in the building. They’re also available to assist with any maintenance issues or roommate disagreements that may arise, personal support, and everything in-between. ADA-compliant housing is also available.

In addition to our professional staff, you’ll also be connected with one of our Alumni Mentors. These are alumni of TWC who are now living and working in Washington, D.C. They live alongside you in the RAF and are a resource for all your questions about living and working in the nation’s capital.

 

What to Wear
Former TWC Contributor Melanie Griffin asked fellow TWC Alumni to show off their fashion sense while in D.C.

What to Wear

Business Professional attire is required for TWC programming on Fridays. What you wear at your internship varies depending on the individual site. Once you have confirmed your internship, reach out to your supervisor to see what the office dress code is. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with your supervisor and learn about the culture of the office where you’ll spend the next 10 to 15 weeks.

For business professional attire we recommend:

  • Solid color pants or pencil skirts
  • Solid color dress shirts or professional tops
  • Cardigans or suit jackets
  • Professional shoes
  • Several ties and belts
FAQs
I will be arriving after 5:00pm on check-in day. Can I still check-in at my apartment building?

If you are arriving after 5:00pm on your designated check-in date you can still check-in, but you must complete the "Travel Plans" section within the Community Profile. Please note that we do not accept arrivals between the hours of 10:00 pm–7:00 am.

Can I check-in at my building before the official check-in date?

Early check-in is not an option. TWC hosts short-term Seminars between each semester throughout the year. Due to this revolving schedule, early arrival requests cannot be accommodated as there is little time to clean the apartments and have them ready for your arrival.

TWC partners with the Homewood Suites NoMa Union Station and Hampton Inn NoMa Union Station to give you and your family great rates to enjoy Washington D.C. prior to check-in. This is an excellent option if you’re planning on coming to Washington D.C. earlier then the check-in date and time. Both hotels are located less than a mile away from The Residential and Academic Facility at NoMa.

Do you provide co-ed apartments or family housing options?

We can provide co-ed apartments upon request, through a "Roommate Request" in the Community Profile. Please note that roommate requests must be mutual to be honored. While we try to accommodate preferences, not all requests can be honored. We are currently unable to provide family housing options.

I am interested in bringing my vehicle and need a parking space.

The Residential and Academic Facility at NoMa has limited parking spaces available. A parking space will cost $550 for the Spring/Fall semesters, $375 for the Summer Term, $45 for a one week Seminar, and $90 for a two week Seminar. Your vehicle will be assigned a private numbered space in our secure parking garage. The parking garage is underneath the building and is in close proximity to the elevator which will take you right to your apartment. Parking assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending on space and occupancy availability. The parking fee is due in full by the day of check-in.

If you are selected to live at another residential facility, you will have to visit the building management office to purchase parking, depending on availability.
 

I am interested in a private bedroom.

We have limited 2 bed/1 bath apartments. You will share the bathroom, kitchen, and common area with one other student. Please keep in mind that one of the bedrooms in each 2 bed/1bath apartment has no windows. The cost for a private bedroom is an additional $1500 for the Spring/Fall semesters, $1000 for the Summer Term, and $200 for Seminars (in addition to the housing fee).

Please note that completing the Community Profile does not guarantee you will have a private bedroom. You will receive confirmation of your request from the Office of Student Services and Community Life.

If I have a disability, how do I receive accommodations?

All persons with disabilities (physical or cognitive disability) should note accommodations and documentation within the Community Profile. If you have further questions, please contact our Disability Services team at disabilityservices@twc.edu or 202-469-8089.

How do I find out information about my roommate?

Roommate information will be released approximately two weeks before your designated day of check-in.
 

Can I request a specific roommate?

Yes. The Community Profile offers a "Roommate Search" section. Roommate requests must be mutual to be honored. Please submit your Community Profile by the priority deadline, to ensure we can fulfill your request.

In which residential building will I live?

All students should expect to be placed at the Residential and Academic Facility (RAF) at NoMa. Should the RAF be filled to capacity, we guarantee placement in equivalent apartments in a similar location, provided that you complete your Community Profile along with your housing security deposit by the final deadline. We do not consider requests for specific building assignments outside of the RAF.

What does my housing fee cover?

Your housing fee provides fully furnished apartments – including housewares (pots, pans, coffee maker, eating utensils, plates, drinking glasses, etc.) – a washer/dryer in each unit, iron and ironing board and other amenities such as a fitness center, computer lab and 24/7 concierge service. All utilities are covered including cable and internet.

Do you have any other questions about housing? Contact us - we're here to help.

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