Washington, DC and Georgetown Campus

Information about Washington, DC, and the Georgetown Campus community.

Living in Washington, DC


Housing costs in Washington are comparable to those in most large cities. Obviously, costs will vary by location within the city but there are affordable rentals within a 15 to 20 minute car or bike ride. Many Georgetown residents rent in Virginia or Maryland suburbs, readily accessible to the Medical Center and affiliated hospitals by major highways. In addition, there are a number of affordable townhouses and rentals in neighborhoods around the hospital.

Museums and Attractions

Located on the Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian museums provide a varied menu of natural, American, and technological history including the Air and Space Museum. Choices in art museums are equally impressive within a several block area, featuring the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran, and others. Other attractions located within the District of Columbia include the National Zoo, The National Archives, and numerous historical monuments. Admission to most Washington attractions is free.


Washington has gained an impressive cultural reputation in the nation. From Broadway caliber theater at the National Theater or the Kennedy Center, to the creative at Arena Stage or Ford’s Theater, Washington theater has something to offer. Shakespeare is regularly presented at the Folger and occasionally at the Outdoor Pavilion at Wolf Trap.


Free concerts abound at the foot of the Capitol, on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and an unforgettable Washington experience is a picnic on the lawn followed by The National Symphony at Wolf Trap. In addition, there is an excellent community symphony available in nearly every Washington suburb.


For the sports fan, D.C. offers something for everyone. Washington is the home of professional franchises in every major sport, including the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, Nationals and DC United. If that’s not enough, nearby Baltimore has the Ravens and Orioles to offer.

Georgetown Campus

Main Campus

Adjacent to the Medical Center, the main campus crowns the highest point overlooking the Potomac River, where the boat houses bustle with competitive crew as well as pleasure boats. The Georgetown canal bike path is a favorite running or bike trail just minutes from the hospital. Parks are surprisingly plentiful in Washington, including Rock Creek Park through the heart of the city, and acres of open grass on the Mall downtown.

Yates Athletic Center

Yates Field House and athletic center has full facilities available including pool, sauna, racquetball, squash, indoor/outdoor tennis, Universal machines, life cycle, indoor track, treadmills, aerobics, fitness training, massage and other fitness classes at student rates. Basketball and volleyball courts are not shared with varsity athletics, so they are usually available. The facility is a 3-minute walk from the hospital and house staff pays student rates.

University Athletics

Residents are eligible for discount tickets for HOYA/Big East Basketball. The football stadium is just behind the Medical Center and the Georgetown Crew Team rows regularly on the Potomac waterfront. Click here for more info about Georgetown Athletics.

Dahlgren Library

Located in the Medical Center complex next to the Hospital, the medical library is open seven days a week with full medical reference and on-line support. Dahlgren Library has been the recipient of a large grant that has provided on-line access to interactive educational programs. The library may be accessed from terminals in the Medicine house staff library, the Continuity Clinic Conference Room, and the inpatient wards. Free access to the National Library of Medicine on-line services is available to residents.

Jeghers Library

The Jeghers Library is located in the Department of Medicine and is fully stocked with specialty and subspecialty textbooks and access to the Internet, CD ROM, UpToDate, and all medical center on-line computer resources. Residents have access 24 hours daily though a combination locked door.

Financial Aid

The Medical School Financial Aid Office, as well as The Office of Education, are available to house staff to assist with educational load deferment, etc.


Parking is free at affiliates. Residents can earn free parking at the University Hospital by keeping medical records current