Living at GW is an opportunity to explore the nation’s capital while enjoying the benefits the University has to offer. Perks of GW’s freshman residence halls include spacious rooms, personal bathrooms, housekeeping service, and a location convenient to local attractions. Remember that the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses both offer a distinctive lifestyle with their own pros and cons to consider, and take a peek at where you’ll be living next fall.
Built in 1926, Crawford Hall stands at what is arguably one of the best locations on campus. Across the street from Kogan Plaza and adjacent to the Marvin Center, Crawford is located at what some might call the epicenter of campus. Because it is a small dorm, it is easy to meet everyone at least once. Most rooms are good-sized doubles, but each floor has a quad and a single.
The largest residence hall at GW, Thurston Hall was built in 1929 and has a maximum occupancy of 1,116 students. Rooms vary from doubles to six-person rooms, so some are naturally bigger than others. Thurston has had a long standing reputation as GW’s party dorm, and occupants often say that living there is an unforgettable experience. While some may be turned off by the close quarters, living in Thurston can also be an easy way to make new friends.
The latest addition to the list of freshman residence halls, Potomac House was built in 2006. Located on F Street, Potomac is close to the Career Center and Package Services, and just one block from Thurston. On the first floor is Carvings, a great place to get a breakfast bagel or one of several specialty sandwiches. All of the rooms here are doubles and most have adjoining bathrooms. With 379 students, the 10-story residence hall does not have the small feel of Crawford or Lafayette, but it is still much smaller than Thurston.
GW’s only single-sex residence hall, Strong Hall is home to 116 women, ranging from freshmen to seniors. Located on the corner of 21st and G streets, it is right next to Tonic, a restaurant known as a good spot for brunch or dinner with friends. Strong is also the only residence hall that features a rooftop deck. With both singles and doubles, Strong provides the chance to live in a small community that is not mixed-gender, an opportunity not found elsewhere at GW.
2034 G Street
2034 G Street accommodates students in two-person or six-person rooms. Just three floors tall, the residence hall is also located next to Tonic, and is essentially at the geographic center of campus.
Lafayette Hall stands at the border of the Foggy Bottom campus, directly behind the Marvin Center and across the street from the 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. shopping complex. Housing just 162 students, it is one of GW’s smaller dorms, along with Crawford and Madison. Many often choose Lafayette for its good location – at the corner of 21st and I streets, it is located only 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station and the closest residence hall to the K Street corridor.
Madison Hall is a centrally located residence hall, next to the School of Business building, Duques Hall. The dorm provides easy access to popular locations on campus, including Gelman Library and the Marvin Center. As with Crawford Hall, the small size provides a comfortable community feeling. Built in 1945, Madison Hall has eight floors with doubles, triples and quads.
Built in 1929, Mitchell is composed entirely of single rooms. Any student – not just freshmen – can live in this residence hall, which is the only one with communal bathrooms. Located on the south side of campus, Mitchell is conveniently located a block away from the Elliott School of International Affairs and also houses a 7-Eleven. Like Thurston, it is just a few blocks away from the White House and is close to many of the monuments.
Living on Mount Vernon
Living on Mount Vernon is certainly different than living in Foggy Bottom, but both campuses have their upsides. At “The Vern” you will not be woken by sirens in the middle of the night or be disturbed by a passing motorcade in the middle of the day. Located near the German embassy, this clean, green and pastoral setting is an ideal getaway from the businesslike environment of Foggy Bottom. Drawbacks include having to take the Vern Express to get to class on time and, for some, feeling isolated from the rest of the GW community.
Built in 1945 and renovated in 2002, Somers is the largest residence hall on the Mount Vernon campus. A total of 246 students live there, mostly in doubles with adjoining bathrooms. Somers is conveniently located between Ames Dining Hall and Eckles Library, and is right outside the Vern Express bus stop.
Clark, Merriweather and Hensley Halls
These three small residence halls have a quainter feel than Somers. With only three floors to each, neighbors often develop a close bond and there is tight-knit sense of community. These halls are also close to the Vern Express stop.