Grad Housing Options: HOVA, Aston and Columbia Plaza

The Hall on Virginia Avenue, The Aston and Columbia Plaza are all on-campus buildings close to campus that house graduate students.

HOVA, which was formerly designated for freshmen, has been housing graduate students since 2006. It is located six blocks from campus and has relatively easy access to the Metro. Amenities include furnished rooms with private baths, cable TV and a community kitchen facility.

GW Housing Programs will soon place house mentors in HOVA in response to concerns that problems with the building were not being addressed. HOVA is ideal for students on a tight budget, with rent of $900 per month, a total of $4,500 per semester.

About six blocks from campus, The Aston is the first housing option available exclusively for first-year law students. Its location allows students to be close to classes while at the same time enjoying the unique activities D.C. has to offer. Residents are a short walk from Dupont Circle, great restaurants and the Metro.

The building features apartment-style living with about 114 beds total. Rooms are furnished with twin beds, modern kitchens, private bathrooms, closet and drawer space, and wall-to-wall carpeting. Both single and double rooms are offered along with cable TV and high speed Internet. It is currently undergoing renovations, but is expected to be open by fall 2008.

Columbia Plaza is a unique building mixing both GW students and D.C. residents. Located on 23rd Street, Columbia Plaza offers both one – and two-bedroom apartments and is currently moving toward renting only to graduate students. A unique feature to this apartment complex is outdoor balconies which overlook the National Mall, the Potomac River, the GW campus or the central plaza.

The plaza located at the base of the building includes many conveniences such as a Wachovia bank, dry cleaning, a liquor store, cafés and a hair salon. GW has a certain amount of rooms contracted from Columbia Plaza, making it easier for graduate students to get apartments in the complex.

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