Pros & Cons

Although the pricetag is often the first concern, The Hatchet has outlined some pros and cons to consider for both GW housing and off-campus apartment living.

On campus


Accessibility to classes
Living on campus can provide easy access to class buildings. When your residence hall is across the street from class, you can sometimes make it there within a minute. Even if you live on one corner and have class on the opposite side, chances are high that at least some of your classrooms will be nearby. Holly Crowe, a senior majoring in public health, lives in City Hall and said the five-minute walk to Ross Hall is one of the perks of her on-campus arrangement.

Surrounded by friends
If you’re bored, you can probably go across the hall or up and down the stairs to a friend’s room. Especially in larger dorms like South Hall and Ivory Tower, you’ll rarely be lonely.

No rent
Okay, you do have to hand over a hefty chunk of change each year with your tuition bill. But you won’t have to worry about being kicked out if you forget to pay rent on the first of the month.


There’s always a party
Crowe said one of the drawbacks of her living situation can be the college atmosphere. “Finding beer cans in the elevator every Sunday gets old,” she said.

University rules
Living on campus means playing by its rules. Students who prefer more independence might find apartment living a little less restrictive.

Off campus


Pick your roommates
Sarah David, a junior, lives off campus in The Savoy Apartments with her sister in what she called a more comfortable environment. “It’s more like home,” she said.

Less noise
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, inhabitants of off-campus apartments and houses are not subject to the constant noise and partying as are those who live on campus.

Many local off-campus options have amenities that you can’t get in a residence hall. For those who would enjoy a pool, an in-building gym or more reliable maintenance, living off campus might be the better option.


Apartments are typically cheaper than GW housing, depending on where you choose to live and if you’re willing to share a room. But paying rent monthly could become a stressor.

Some apartments come fully furnished, while you’ll have to fill others yourself. But you have the option of picking chairs, couches and beds that are bigger and more comfortable than those you find in residence halls.

It can be hard to find someone who can match your schedule and take your spot in an apartment if you aren’t staying in the District for the summer, and some buildings have policies against subletting.

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