Top 5 Tips for Students Living in Washington, DC

Senior, Catholic University of America

Sep   2013



Our nation’s capital, Washington, DC, is home to beautiful monuments and, of course, the White House. But for the many students who flock to DC, the tourist hotspots won’t keep them entertained (or fed!) for the whole school year! Recently, DC was named one of the most popular cities for people in their 20s. With a plethora of museums, sites to see, variety of nightlife, and activities, Washington, DC, is making a new name for itself. Being in my 20s myself, I am constantly exploring and finding new adventures around the city. But I always had a tough time finding guides or handbooks filled with great activities, trendy bars, and entertainment for new residents or college student in the area. That’s why I put together my own go-to guide of where students should start in a city that offers it all!

  1. Monuments: From the Washington monument to the Lincoln Memorial’s beautiful waterfront view, students can see all the big, beautiful marble memorials and get a workout by capitalizing on DC’s city bikes, located on almost every city block. You can tour the capitals monuments in a day!
  2. Work it out: With a chaotic work/school schedule it’s hard to commit to a gym membership without consistency. No need to worry! There are plenty of places throughout DC where you can pay by day. A popular craze lately has been hot yoga. Numerous of yoga/pilates studios offer student and daily rates, making it easy for you to exercise on your on schedule.
  3. Brunch: With crazy workweeks, Saturday brunch has become popular weekend break among the residents of DC. A lot of places offer great brunch specials. A favorite is Mad Hatter, located in DuPont Circle, with bottomless mimosas, a unique delicious menu, and an omelet bar all at a reasonable place makes for the perfect location. There are many restaurants in the surrounding area similar to Mad Hatter that offers great deals as well.
  4. Nightlife: From Georgetown’s waterfront to its trendy downtown bars, Washington, DC, has a great variety of places for everyone. If you’re looking for a casual night out, Adams Morgan is the place to start! If you’re looking for something more upscale, you can head to places like Shadow Room or Café Asia to enjoy cocktails and a dj.
  5. Sunday Funday: With the weekend slowly coming to an end, it’s important to take advantage of the gorgeous weather in DC. Grab a cappuccino at Eastern Market or go shopping on Union. Walk all the way from DuPont to downtown and stroll around the tidal basin. DC has more than enough to keep you entertained!

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