Foggy Bottom

Art and Culture in the Capital City
The naturally foggy surroundings of the area gives it its own unique name - Foggy Bottom. Unfortunately, its name does not highlight the excellent quality of music, dance and drama practiced in the neighborhood every single day. The John F Kennedy and Potomac River-side performing arts centers are popular landmarks to watch free shows during the night while kayaking and canoeing on the Potomac River and then grabbing a sample of extraordinary Indian food at the Rasika West End is an activity during the day.
What Foggy Bottom Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.3
value
7.1
amenities
5.9
social
6.8
management
7.0
safety
7.9
Median rents in Foggy Bottom
Studio
$
1,800
1 Bedroom
$
2,450
2 Bedroom
$
5,300

Living in
Foggy Bottom

Great Accessibility
Professional Sector
Proximity To Amenitities
Few Restaurants Or Bar
Quiet Neighborhood
Dull Nightlife
Foggy Bottom — 8/10 Rating (based on 156 neighborhood reviews)
I personally enjoy the quietness of the neighborhood and its location within a close walking distance of campus, Georgetown, the water, and convenience/grocery stores. The neighborhood is also very safe, I am a woman in my early 20's and I have never felt unsafe walking home late at night near my apartment.
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Boathouse Apartments
Foggy Bottom includes the GWU campus, so it's obviously very safe, plus we have a bunch of US federal agencies and the university hospital, so there's a strong police presence. There are a good number of homeless persons living in some of the parks, but they're harmless.

In terms of food, there's some decent food places, but not many. Georgetown, West End, and Dupont are within walking distance, so that's not so much of an issue. There's a Whole Foods and Trader Joes within a 15-minute walk from my apartment, but I prefer to drive to the Georgetown or Columbia Heights Safeway because they have cheaper/more options.
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The Statesman
A lot of college kids around but still not to noisy. Some food places a 5 to 8 minute walk away. Also a block away from Tonic, which is a great, cheap happy hour place for drinks, burgers, and tater tots. It seems pretty safe. Love the short walk to GW though (4 or 5 minutes).
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The Statesman
Great location to GW Law School, the monuments, and a few coffee shops, convenience stores and restaurants. I'm glad I have a car to drive to grocery stores to save myself from lugging tons of groceries home. Not a ton of nightlife, which I personally don't mind.
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Letterman House
Foggy Bottom is a very convenient place to live as a GW student. But, note that it is a very student populated area. We are also pretty close to Whole Foods about about a 15-20 minute walk from Trader Joes
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Letterman House
It's downtown, straddling Dupont and Foggy Bottom. plenty of restaurants and the Whole Foods being in the same building is super convenient. Right by the metro
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Residences on The Avenue
Foggy bottom is pretty boring, but it's nice to be near campus and have close access to the metro. Also near the national mall.
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The President Condominiums
I’m a law student so I don’t make much use of the neighborhood but there are plenty of quiet places to study and check out
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8
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York & Potomac Park
The neighborhood is quiet (although students aren't here because of Covid so that will probably change) and is right in between Dupont (hello fantastic farmer's market), Georgetown (runs by the water), and the National Mall (10 minutes from your favorite protest). The neighborhood itself has limited food options though because it is mostly federal buildings and the campus.
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Letterman House
close to campus and easy access to Georgetown and the Mall. But little/no social scene
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Columbia Plaza
There is not a ton to do in Foggy Bottom itself, however it is a ten minute walk from Dupont and Georgetown. The neighborhood itself is pretty quite. A large portion of the neighborhood is considered a historic district filled with cute row houses.
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Jefferson House
It's close to the mall and quite a few restaurants. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are the closest grocery stores, but you can easily take the metro to other stores!
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Columbia Plaza
Perfect location if you want to be close to the law school and close to the metro to get to other neighborhoods.
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Columbia Plaza
It's a nice neighborhood that is not far from a lot of other great neighborhoods, however as a community itself, unless you are an undergraduate, there is not much appeal. Most of the restaurants around here service the busy 'quick-lunch' DC suburban folk. Dupont, Georgetown, and downtown are not far away, but they are all a significant enough walk. The neighborhood has some older folks and families, however it heavily skews towards undergraduates and young post-grads. Does have a good location right next to the Orange/blue/silver line metro and not a far walk from GW or the hospital.
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Claridge House Cooperative
It is located just across the GW dorms so it feels very much like you are in school
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The Statesman
Centric neighborhood, but not very exciting or fun.
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6
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Jefferson House
It's close to school, you're able to get to trader joes or whole foods really easily. From a restaurant perspective, you're limited. You're walking distance from dupont, but you're also kind of in the middle of a lot of touristy things (white house, monuments, etc.). If you're looking for a fun, cool neighborhood of young people, this is not it. If you're looking to be close to GW and the basics, you're set.
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Bon Wit Plaza
I was surprised to find that I really don't love this neighborhood. I thought being near the GW campus would mean a lot of cool, local restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. It's mostly bland, generic chains. There aren't any good restaurants very close.


You can walk to Georgetown for some better shops, bakeries, coffee shops, etc. so that 's nice.

It's nice being so close to campus. The walk to the law school is maybe 5-7 minutes.

The best part of the neighborhood is obviously the proximity to the national mall. It's a really cool and unique place to live, but if you're attending law school you won't have much time to enjoy that.
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Columbia Plaza
It's really only convenient because of how close the law school is. Otherwise, I would not live here. Definitely a business/corporate area that shuts down on the weekends. Not a lot of options for going out to eat unless it's either overpriced or fast food. The only grocery store that's walking distance is Whole Foods, which I personally hate shopping at.
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Letterman House
Great neighborhood. The neighbors are friendly, and it is generally not too loud (although many houses are occupied by GWU college students). One of the biggest issues is cleanliness of the neighborhood, because there are a lot of rats on the streets. Additionally, while the commute from this neighborhood to McLean is one of the quickest in the District, it can't beat Arlington.
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921 Hughes Mews
Lots of places to eat here and near by in Gtown/Dupont. Close to school and many employers. On the orange/blue line and close to red as well as many bus lines. Rents are actually very competitive with other trendy neighborhoods.

Only con is (1) there are many immature undergraduates that live in the area (2) school area itself is dead at night, and (3) there are a lot of homeless people who live in the area if that makes you uncomfortable.
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5
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Colonial Arms
It’s very quiet when compared with the more lively parts of the city, but I consider that a bonus. DuPont Circle is not a bad walk for some night life, and you’re very close to the metro lines.
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9
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Columbia Plaza
Not so much going on there, but very close to GW campus, which is what I cared about the most. Beyond that, the foggy bottom metro and whole foods aren't too far away
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8
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The Statesman
Fantastic - super close to the White House and Lincoln Memorial; close to metro; can easily walk to work for internships
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8
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The York
The neighborhood is very much within the college so if you are a student or don't mind college students then it is good. The neighborhood feels safe and it is extremely quiet at night and on weekends.
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6
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The York
Great neighborhood, has everything. Capital Bikeshare is great for getting around the neighborhood and also helps with the commute to work (bike from Tysons Corner station to Westpark).
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10
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Residences on The Avenue
Really nice neighborhood, easy metro access, right near Georgetown, plenty of grocery options (Whole Foods and Trader Joes), near GW University and Hospital. Convenient area
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9
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Potomac Plaza
The neighborhood is super safe. There are restaurants. However, there is much of a nightlife, but Foggy Bottom is so close to many going out spots around DC.
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10
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Claridge House Cooperative
It's a great place to live to go to school and get around DC (Foggy Bottom metro is very close), but the undergrads can get really loud on the weekends.
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8
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Letterman House
Easy to get around and great for GW students but there's very little character compared to the rest of DC and restaurants/grocery stores are expensive.
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8
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Circle Arms Apartments
Lot of GW grad students (med, business, law), and a quick walk to the law school, the foggy bottom metro station, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
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9
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Columbia Plaza
The transportation, restaurant, gym, safety are great. The problem is that it is noisy. And there is no near supermarket like Walmart.
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8
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Elise Apartments
Love being close to school, but the neighborhood lacks social hangouts, and can be very quiet on weekends and weeknights.
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6
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Empire Apartments
Relatively safe, caters to students. Not a great variety of restaurants and bars. Great distance to mall, waterfront.
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8
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Columbia Plaza
I always feel safe in this neighborhood, especially with students always walking around at night. I don't worry about walking home from the library late at night. There are limited restaurant and bar choices in the area, but Foggy Bottom is central enough to easily get to other parts of DC or Virginia.
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9
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Columbia Plaza
Very safe and conveniently located near the school, multiple grocery (Whole Foods and Trader Joes), convenient stores (CVS and multiple hardware stores), gyms, Georgetown, and the foggy bottom metro. Definitely isn't the most cultural part of the city, but it is very convenient. It is not cheap, but it is comparable to anywhere by a metro stop in the district. (Fun fact: this is a very bike friendly city.)
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Claridge House Cooperative
I have always felt safe in Foggy Bottom. I live close to the metro, super close to school. Georgetown is a quick walk and overall I like living here. However, some places- certain CVS pharmacies, restaurants, and stores are closed or have limited hours on the weekend. It is a bit far removed from more fun, lively areas.
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Columbia Plaza
Foggy Bottom is an extremely nice and safe neighborhood. It is walking distance to the National Mall. There are a few restaurants that are all excellent, but if you're looking for walking distance to big night life, this area is not good. However, the metro stop makes it very easy to get to areas with good night life.
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9
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Columbia Plaza
Pros:
Very close to campus (HUGE +!)
Close to Whole Foods, Trader Joes & Liquor Store
Can walk to Georgetown or Dupont for drinks
Metro Access
Safe - the GW & DC cops are always around even at 3am and everything is well-lit.

Cons:
Close to the hospital so there are sirens at all hours
No good pizza delivery. (seriously. its sad)
Nothing to do after 10pm
You also get sick of the few restaurant options since you are now AWAYS living/studying in Foggy Bottom
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Bon Wit Plaza
I feel relatively safe because there's a good GW police presence and there's always students in the streets. But there are occasional incidents that make me question my safety at night. Foggy Bottom is relatively quiet, is walking distance from school, and also has fun places nearby--Georgetown, etc. Grocery stores are also conveniently located.
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9
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The 925 Apartments
Very safe and convenient but kind of boring, not much open on weekends/ when underground is closed
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7
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Columbia Plaza
Generally safe and quiet. Not a ton of places to go out, but Dupont is close enough to walk to.
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Monroe House
Great neighborhood, everything closes early though besides hive bar, Fobo Gro and &pizza.
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Columbia Plaza
For being close enough to downtown and in a metropolitan area, it's considerably safe. There's sufficient lighting and always people outside around the area. We're within walking distance of GW hospital and ambulances and police periodically drive by, but not abnormal for the city.
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Columbia Plaza
I have not talked to my neighbors, nor do I hear them. It works for me.
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The York
Close to campus, generally safe, lots of shopping/restaurants, metro!
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The President Condominiums
Young, fun, safe, but pricey. You definitely pay for the location.
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Columbia Plaza
Foggy Bottom can be a little boring for nights and weekends.
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8
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The President Condominiums
Downtown is a great location! Close to a lot of things!
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Empire Apartments
The neighborhood is safe, quiet and relatively residential despite its proximity downtown. Grocery stores and convenience stores are close by, as well as bars and restaurants. Georgetown is also walking distance, and there are lots more to do there.
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Claridge House Cooperative
Good for school, not good for social life and restaurants and bars because it's a predominately transient neighborhood with lots of businesses (World Bank, State Department, etc) so it shuts down essentially on the weekends and at night.
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Columbia Plaza
Foggy bottom is great, though it could use a few more restaurants and bars. It is hard to believe there are so many undergrads living here. Living near school is great, but any plans you make are likely to be somewhere else.
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Columbia Plaza
Groceries can be a bit expensive
Lots of students and people around all the time
Safe area
Conveniently located with the metro stop and proximity to the national mall
Noise from traffic and the hospital
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Bon Wit Plaza
Filled with undergrad students, but good access to metro and easy to walk downtown to work. Also good access to supermarket, though the Whole Foods is geared more towards grab and go Foods than groceries
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The Statesman
Nice
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Columbia Plaza
So close to transit, capital bike share stations, 2 grocery stores, and all that GW campus has to offer. Also great if you need to get out of the city because it's very close to the highway
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Jefferson House
It is very safe, quiet, and clean, but sometimes it is very dead on weekends and there are not a ton of food options. I like how close it is to campus and a convenient metro line.
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Columbia Plaza
Not that much food options but the neighborhood is changing. If you want to be close to campus and don't want to deal with public transportation, this is a great place.
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8
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Columbia Plaza
I appreciate being close to GW, to the metro center, and within walking distance to Dupont. However, the closest bars are in dupont (around 15 minute walk).
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7
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The President Condominiums
Great because it's close to the hospital, but if you want to go out on the town, you'll have to head to a different part of the city.
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6
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Excelsior Apartments
Not much to do. Near monuments but not much else. On the silver line. Recommend the northern part more, more things there.
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Columbia Plaza
Quiet except for car noise. Couple break in to cars parking on the streets. Near significant homeless population.
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Excelsior Apartments
Location in Foggy Bottom provides easy access to the law school, stores, restaurants, and transit points.
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Letterman House
Right across the street from the law school and Whole Foods, and only one block from the metro.
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8
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The President Condominiums
Nothing in the immediate area, which I want. Good that it is close to the metro and GW
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4
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Columbia Plaza
Foggy Bottom - great for class and grocery proximity, bad for social scenes.
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The Statesman
close to school. Have many things close by. You can walk to mall.
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9
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Columbia Plaza
Safe if you stay on 23rd and only on 24th during the day
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7
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Columbia Plaza
it's fine
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6
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The Griffin
Near the school.
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Bon Wit Plaza
I love Foggy Bottom
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Claridge House Cooperative
It's Foggy Bottom. Students and tourists.
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8
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Letterman House
College campus
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Elise Apartments
safe and friendly
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Claridge House Cooperative
Great for school but lacks restaurants and bars.
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8
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Claridge House Cooperative
It is five minutes walking from the law school.
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The Statesman
Rich old people and GW students.
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8
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Elise Apartments
Boring neighborhood but safe and close
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9
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Columbia Plaza
Foggy Bottom is a great place to live given the proximity to the law school. It's also within walking distance of Georgetown and Dupont Circle which are fun places to go out with friends and classmates. It's also has lots of bike racks for the Capital Bikeshare nearby, and the Foggy Bottom metro stop is a few blocks up the street.
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Columbia Plaza
Quiet neighborhood despite what you may think with a large university nearby. There are a good amount of trees and small parks, and the neighborhood is very walkable. There are some restaurants with bars, but not many actual bars you would go to on a weekend night, like in DuPont. The neighborhood feels very safe and is reasonably lit at night. There are many dog owners around. While there are definitely expensive units and houses around, you can typically find something more reasonable and affordable.
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Claridge House Cooperative
Foggy Bottom is pretty quiet. There are not a lot of bars or restaurants in this specific area. So, if you want to walk outside and experience nightlife it would be better to live in another neighborhood. But if you like a quieter area then this neighborhood is really good.
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Claridge House Cooperative
Great neighborhood. Close to Trader Joes and Whole Foods and a bunch of local restaurants. Also has a convenient metro stop that connects to other major metro stations so you don't have to do a lot of transfers.
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8
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Columbia Plaza
Right by GWU, so a lot of things to do for college students. Walkable to the National Mall and all the museums. This part of Foggy Bottom is very nice and relatively quiet. Everything you need is nearby.
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Empire Apartments
It is very convenient being so close to school, but there isn't much going on in foggy bottom outside of the school or work scene.
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Monroe House
Feels very safe, but less good restaurants that DuPont Circle simply because the school takes up so much space in Foggy Bottom
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The Statesman
I am a single female in her early 20s and I feel safe walking around here. It's very safe and quiet here.
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The 925 Apartments
I love that it's close to school, so my commute is great. It is also right near the metro and a trader joe's and a whole foods. Everything about that is great, however I usually would opt for something more in town, with more going on around in the neighborhood. I'd love more restaurants and more of a bar scene nearby.
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Claridge House Cooperative
Foggy is quiet, safe, and close to school. Other than that, it is pretty boring. If you want a place convenient for school, especially as a first year student, Foggy makes sense. If you want something more balanced, another neighborhood might suit you better.
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Columbia Plaza
The neighborhood is pretty quiet, pretty boring. That's okay for COVID, but in normal times, it would be annoying that there is basically nothing to do here. Whole Foods and Trader Joes both within walking distance.
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Columbia Plaza
Foggy Bottom is fantastic for being close to GW and transit options, plus the White House, monuments, Georgetown, and nightlife are all close by.
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Claridge House Cooperative
Very safe. I've seen campus police around a lot because the Statesman is right across the street from a GW dorm.
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The Statesman
Foggy Bottom is a great neighborhood. There aren’t a ton of residences around, which limits the nightlife, but there are enough bars/restaurants if you don’t want to venture too far away. The ease of access to campus is key, I never have to rely on public transit to get to class on time. Very safe and walkable, close to the monuments which is a great place for a run.
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Columbia Plaza
Not a lot of restaurants and nightlife but pretty quiet and close to campus.
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Columbia Plaza
On the positive side, this neighborhood always feels very safe. I don't worry when I'm walking alone at night. On the negative side, this neighborhood doesn't have hardly any good restaurants and no local coffee shops.
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6
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Columbia Plaza
Good only in the sense that it is near the school, that you can receive warnings from the school and D.C. (if signing up), that you can be assured of safety generally even if coming in late due to pulling off night studies in the library. However, noise levels are high, so you can hardly study indoors at home because of people wanting to earn money in exchange for their loud and terrible performances. This means that you may ultimately end up outside for work or rest during morning/afternoon. Noise in the evening can be high too due to some people having gone drunk. Noise (some loud trucks and mostly machine sounds) and lights can be too much for sleeping deeply.
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Residences on The Avenue
In terms of proximity to school, the location is perfect. There aren't a lot of bars and restaurants close by (though there are some), but a 24-hour CVS, grocery store, liquor store, coffee shops, fast-casual places all within about a 5 minute walk so it doesn't feel inconvenient, it's just quiet on the weekends and by no means a center of nightlife.
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The Statesman
If you go to GW, Foggy is great, very convenient. However, there is really nothing going on here at night, unless you are going to house parties. Nightlife is close, but restaurants are few. Have to go to Georgetown or Dupont, both of which are very close, which is nice, just not in the neighborhood. Also can get a little loud with college parties on the weekend. I would also note that there is not great light on sidewalks when walking at night, as a single woman, this can be off-putting.
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The 925 Apartments
Circle Arms is equidistant from Whole Foods and Trader Joes, with both being about a 5 minute walk away. The building is close to the GW University hospital and emergency medical center, so ambulance noise can be frequent. The surrounding area is safe, being only just outside of GW's campus area. The last building on GW's "campus" is a housing complex adjacent to the Circle Arms building.
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Circle Arms Apartments
Great neighborhood for students. Close by wholefoods and the GWU campus. 2 blocks from the law school. Easy walk down to the Georgetown Waterfront or over to the White House or the national mall.
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Letterman House
I love living in Foggy Bottom. It is really convenient, especially for law students. There's a lot to do. I love living walking distance to Georgetown, the monuments, and Dupont.
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The 925 Apartments
Lots of opportunities for food and hanging out! Definitely a hassle when it comes to driving, what with the main traffic passing through the area during rush hour. Lots of ambulances pass by, because of the local hospital, so it could get a bit loud.
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Columbia Plaza
No negative experiences.
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9
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Claridge House Cooperative
Its a convenient location if you go to GW because it is right on campus. Otherwise the neighborhood is expensive and doesn't really have any fun restaurants bars or a great community feel.
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Letterman House
Being right near the law school is very convenient. The streets outside the building are nearly always busy due to the large number of undergrads at George Washington University.
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Letterman House
Great neighborhood for those who want convenience to the school and to some of the great sights in the city. However, not the best for nightlife or for pets for example.
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9
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The Statesman
Close to campus, safe area, two nearby grocery stores (Whole foods and Trader Joe's), a lot of bars and restaurants, easy access to other parts of the city
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10
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Claridge House Cooperative
Right off of the George Washington university campus. Next to foggy bottom metro, orange, blue and silver lines. Near a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s.
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7
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Columbia Plaza
A lot of students and government employees (typical DC). Not as interesting or colorful as other areas of DC. I love the close proximity to the Mall.
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7
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Columbia Plaza
Small and pretty quiet, nice trees and well-kept landscaping on 25th street. A lot of weird/ugly modern art on some people's lawns/gardens.
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Claridge House Cooperative
The location is close to school and super safe; there just isn't a lot to do without walking to at least Dupont of Georgetown.
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8
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Claridge House Cooperative
Best location, a few minutes walk to the campus (4 minutes to the Law School). The GW police is patrolling in the area.
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9
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Letterman House
It's good for when you are a student, but I probably don't want to live in foggy bottom after graduation.
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Elise Apartments
If you are looking for robust night life/restaurants/things to do, Foggy Bottom is not for you. Luckily, Foggy Bottom is walking distance to those features which makes it quite accessible. This neighborhood is great for students because of its proximity to the school and transit but it is quite expensive and I would not choose to live here if I was not a grad student.
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Claridge House Cooperative
I really love Foggy Bottom. The area I live in is very close to GW, so it's filled with students. The food and social scene in Foggy Bottom isn't too exciting, but I love how close I am to other areas. It's a 10 minute walk to Washington Harbor (my favorite area in DC), another 5 minute walk from there to M Street, one of the main food/shopping/bar areas in Georgetown. It's a 15 minute walk to Lincoln Memorial (and the rest of the Mall) and the White House. The Harbor and the Mall are great places to run if you like running outside. It's a 15-20 minute walk to Dupont area. Other than that, it's a 10 minute walk to the metro, which can get you pretty much anywhere else you want to go pretty efficiently. The exception is Adam's Morgan area. You'd either have to take a circular route on the metro to get there (which takes almost as long as walking), go for a 30-45 minute walk, or get an uber.
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Columbia Plaza
Honestly the neighborhood is pretty boring. The advantage of living here is being close to school. While most of the essentials are pretty close (CVS, Starbucks, Liquor Store) getting groceries is a bit of a walk to either Whole Foods ($$) or even further to Trader Joe's. It can also be nice to be close to the monuments, only takes about 15-20 minutes walking to go say hi to Lincoln.
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8
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The Statesman
West End/Foggy Bottom is located near the George Washington University. There are lots of students in the area. Also people who work in government, world bank, and IMF. The neighborhood is conveniently located by blue and orange line Foggy Bottom metro station. There is a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods within a few blocks of each other. The neighborhood is fairly residential, campus, and business related. Does not have great nightlife or dining. But, it is a short walk to Georgetown and Dupont Circle.
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8
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Excelsior Apartments
Since my apartment building is close to CVS which is open 24 hours, it has been a blessing for me to source snacks when I pulled all - nighters! The library and other university buildings too are close by, so even walking back home at 3 a.m. did not give me any jitters.

The lanes are relatively well-lit and can be used at any time of the day or night. Since the GW police vehicles are seen patrolling late at nights,I believe the streets within the foggy bottom campus area are safe and secure for any one to walk, with no reported issues so far.
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9
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Monroe House
FB is great for access to the rest of the city - plenty of bus routes and easy access to the metro. It is more of a professional sector than the rest of the city so many coffee shops/restaurants/etc have hours more suited to the 9-5 work lifestyle than a student (ex. coffee shops close at 6-7pm, some eateries closed on the weekend). Bar and restaurant scene is present but limited compared to the rest of the city.
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7
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Claridge House Cooperative
there's a whole foods nearby as well as a trader joe's. very close to the monuments and the metro.
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6
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Letterman House
I like that it's close to the law school. I wish there was more nightlife or even more cafes.
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8
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Monroe House
on a very loud and busy street but we're close to school, metro, and some food places
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6
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n/a
Very convenient for medical students. However you are always surrounded by students, especially undergrad students who can be loud. Close to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods which makes grocery shopping easy. Close to the Foggy Bottom Metro stop too. Safe area to walk at most hours.
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10
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Claridge House Cooperative
Excellent neighborhood but expect to see GW undergrad students around
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8
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Claridge House Cooperative
One of the best places in the world to stay. Amazing neighborhood.
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10
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Columbia Plaza
Great to be so close to school, not the most exciting area though
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8
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Columbia Plaza
I enjoy foggy bottom because I am close to my school but it otherwise not the most interesting neighborhood in DC. There aren't a lot of restaurants or bars to go to. Everything now seems to close at night. However it's a quick walk to DuPont or Georgetown.
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6
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The excelsior
There are very few restaurants and bars in the area to go to for happy hour/dinner. There are some near the Foggy Bottom Metro stop, but it's extremely limited compared to other areas. The best grocery stores in the area are Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
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8
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Columbia Plaza
The best thing about the apartment is that it is two blocks from GW. It is within a mile or so of Georgetown, Dupont, the Metro, etc, which is nice. The York building is located in a residential quiet zone, but that doesn't make much difference.
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6
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The York
I only live here because it's close to school. Otherwise, there is not much to recommend the neighborhood. It's very touristy while also being full of college kids. Transportation is not bad in relation to general DC options.
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8
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Letterman House
The apartment is in the heart of foggy bottom and your neighbors are a reflection of this. The street can get loud and roudy at night because it is the halfway point between the fraternity houses and the freshman dorms.
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7
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Monroe House
Wonderful neighborhood, close to monuments, lots of young people in the area with GW campus one block away and government agencies right down the street. Metro is so close, very convenient. Very safe neighborhood.
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Bonwit Plaza
Tons going on. Limited food options though. Everything you generally want (dry cleaners, grocery stores, etc.) is a on top of campus. But generally feel super safe walking around because it is campus.
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7
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Letterman House
Nice and safe.
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9
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Claridge House Cooperative
I live in Foggy Bottom solely for the convenience of school. I would likely live otherwise if I did not attend law school at GW. Other areas are less expensive and have more things to do.
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9
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Claridge House Cooperative
I think it's really nice to be close to the law school first year. The only complaint I have about Foggy Bottom is it can sometimes feel like a bubble of undergrad students.
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8
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Columbia Plaza
It's whatever. You're surrounded by government buildings and are practically in GW. I hate to sound old, but the frat houses across the street get old very quickly.
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9
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Letterman House
college town, but no college parties (thankfully). Most people commute in to work at the nearby embassies, dept of state, hospital, downtown
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9
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Columbia Plaza
Very safe and convenient area. Little pricy and far from bars/restaurants. Ambulance noice from the hospital can be annoying.
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9
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Claridge House Cooperative
The building is located on a quiet street. There are a lot of trees lining the street and is beautiful in the fall.
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9
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The 925 Apartments
Very safe place, mostly college/grad students at night. I (male) have no concerns walking around at night.
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7
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Jefferson House
The Empire is right in the middle of Foggy Bottom. Very close to restaurants, Whole Foods, and CVS
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8
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Empire Apartments
- Student area for GWU
- Close to metro
- Expensive area, but what part of DC isn't?
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8
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Columbia Plaza
It’s good for students because there is nothing to do except go to the library :)
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7
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Columbia Plaza
great, its only two blocks away, it will save tons of commuting time.
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8
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Columbia Plaza
Close to grocery stores, main monuments and Metro station
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9
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Circle Arms Apartments
Overall it's fine and convenient but just kinda boring
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6
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Columbia Plaza
Safe, beautiful!
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Columbia Plaza
Bueno
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9
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Claridge House Cooperative
Fantastic.
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10
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Residences on The Avenue
Very convenient Andean the middle of things
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9
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The President Condominiums
Close to grocery stores, restaurants and bars.
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9
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Claridge House Cooperative
Convenient and good food optiona
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10
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Potomac Plaza
Safe and everything is in walking distance
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Empire Apartments
close to everything in dc, close enough to work
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9
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Potomac Plaza
Quiet and safe.
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9
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Claridge House Cooperative
Pretty close to class, not great for much else
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7
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Jefferson House


Getting to Know
Foggy Bottom

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: 17th St NW to Potomac River
North to South Boundaries: K St NW to Constitution Ave NW
dining
&pizza
Campono
Dish + Drinks
Founding Farmers
grocery
FoBoGro
Whole Foods Market
convenience
7-Eleven
CVS Pharmacy
fitness
GG Yoga
Svetness Personal Training
parks
Lafayette Park
The Ellipse
West Potomac Park
coffee
Capitol Java Coffee Cart
Captain Cookie and the Milkman
M E Swing Coffee Roasters
South Block
bus
305 (bus)
80 (bus)
N4 (bus)
rail
Blue/Orange (metro)
parking
Laz 2001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
U Street Parking Watergate Hotel Valet
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Foggy Bottom includes zip code 20006
Rent vs Own
85
%
of Foggy Bottom residents are renters
Driving to Work
6
%
of Foggy Bottom residents drive to work
New Construction
4
%
of housing units in Foggy Bottom have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
5
%
<20 units
11
%
20-49 units
84
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
1
%
18 - 34
93
%
35 - 54
4
%
55+
3
%
Unit Mix
56
%
Studio
33
%
1 Bed
8
%
2 Bed
3
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
28
%
Undergrad Student
74
%
Grad Student
8
%
Unemployed
1
%
Retired
-12
%

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