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Useful Links While Living in DC

Looking for Housing?

GWU Summer Housing
The George Washington University opens up its dorms to interns during the summer at about $30 per night.

Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH)
WISH housing is located throughout Capitol Hill neighborhoods for students who desire a location close to the nation's Capitol, Congressional offices, Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and metro stations.

Washington City Paper
A Washington, DC staple, the weekly City Paper has an excellent entertainment search which allows you to search by music type, venue type, date, keyword…the possibilities are endless. Most venues list their monthly events and specials, such as happy hours, concerts or parties, in the City Paper, so pretty much if something is happening in DC it is in the City Paper. The Classifieds Section comes out online on Tuesdays and in print (for free) on Thursdays — something to keep in mind if you need to find housing or used furniture.

Washington DC Craigslist
Craig's List of Washington, DC is fantastic for finding housing or used furniture, and is basically a large Classifieds bulletin board arranged according to categories. Craig's List and City Paper have the best housing listings in the city, and are free to use, but be careful because neither one verifies its listings.

Getting Around in DC

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
This site contains metro and metrobus maps and timetables. Even cooler, however, is the metro rideguide (it can be accessed through the website's Getting Around Section or at, which allows you to plug in a place of departure and destination, and then shows you the many ways that will get you from Point A to Point B using public transportation.

DC Biking
The bicyclist's online bible, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's website lists bike maintenance and safety classes, as well as special events, bicycling clubs, and offroading.

Inline Skating
The Washington Area Road Skaters organize events in the DC Area for skaters of all levels. These weekend and evening programs will take you all around the city and unite you with others with similar interests. Just stay off the monuments.

What to do During the Weekends?

Washington, DC
Great for typical tourist information — hotel reservations, itineraries, guided tours, museum hours, monuments, art galleries.

Washington Post
The Washington Post Online is home to yet another great food search engine (located in the Entertainment tab), which conveniently lists events by date and has lots of restaurant reviews. Of course, no DC paper would be complete without extensive political coverage, and it also has a useful job search engine in the DC area.

John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts
The Kennedy Center hosts world-reknowned musicians, dancers, and artists of nearly every genre. Its website contains a calendar and descriptions all of the Kennedy Center's upcoming events, and allows you to buy tickets online. Be sure to investigate student, standing room, and group discounts (which can be up to 50%). The Kennedy Center is easily accessible by free shuttle from the Foggy Bottom metro stop, but this website includes other options as well.

The Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
A highlight for those on an intern budget, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center hosts free hour-long nightly performances (364 per year) at 6:00pm in its Grand Foyer. This website includes a calendar and description of these performances.

Known for its extensive restaurant search and reviews, this online magazine also offers a weekly calendar of events (including museum exhibits and nightlife) in and around DC. Its visitor guide includes a metro guide, hotel search, and even traffic and weather reports.

Interested in Volunteering?

Greater DC Cares Greater DC Cares provides opportunities for people to get involved in community service throughout the city. It lists nonprofit organizations that need volunteers on a daily or weekly basis, or for special events. This volunteer work includes more specialized work such as tax preparation, or general work such as reading to children during your lunch hour. It is truly the best way to get settled and involved in your new city.

Visiting New York City

Washington to NY - NY to Washington
Offering one-way or roundtrip bus service between DC and New York ($20.00 and $35.00 respectively). Buses leave DC from 1015 15th street N.W. between K & L Streets 2 1/2 blocks from Metro Station Farragat N. Red Line Farragat W. Blue & Orange Line, 1 block from McPherson Sq. Orange & Blue Line and from 441 New Jersey Avenue N.W. or E Street N.W. 1 & 1/2 blocks from Union Station. You can even make online reservations!

Dragon Coach
Offering one-way or roundtrip bus service between DC and New York ($20.00 and $35.00 respectively), this bus service also goes to Atlanta, GA and Richmond, VA. Interns at the Center have used this service before; their advice is to arrive early so you get a seat even if you made a reservation, bring a VHS video so you don't end up watching some film dubbed in Chinese, and pick a time that will let you arrive in and depart from NY during daylight hours, as the "stations" are not in the best areas.

New Century Travel
Bus service that costs $35.00 roundtrip between DC and New York. Has a more extensive DC-NY schedule than the Dragon Coach.