REGISTER NOW - SUMMER HOUSING OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM!
The Office of Neighborhood Life will be hosting a Summer Housing Opportunity Program (SHOP) from Thursday, June 8 until Monday, June 12, 2017, which includes the opportunity to stay on campus for FREE while you look for housing in the D.C. area.
While on campus, please plan to attend our Off-Campus Housing Fair on Friday, June 9 from 12pm - 2pm in McShain. This will give you the opportunity to meet property managers of local apartments. You will have the rest of weekend (Friday afternoon - Monday morning) to search for housing at your own pace. Beyond the Housing Fair, we have no formal events scheduled. We would suggest setting up appointments with local apartments, using the materials below, before you arrive. You'll want to make the best use of your time while you are in town. Do research before you arrive and set up appointments - you'll be glad you did. Complete the registration form to reserve a room on campus. During SHOP, space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are provided at no cost by the Office of Residential Living. No registration or overnight stay is required to attend the Housing Fair on Friday, June 9.
HAVE HOUSING QUESTIONS?
Finding Your Housing – Step by Step:
- Define your budget and housing preferences. Roommates? Apartment complex? Townhouse?
- Get your bearings on where your classes will be (Main CAmpus, SGS, Law CAmpus, etc.) and/or work locations in proximity to local neighborhoods. This is an interactive zip code map with the D.C. city border and zip codes outlines.
- Start your search for properties at OCHListings.georgetown.edu. All properties on our website under the housing tab will have a Basic Business License (BBL).
- D.C. law requires that property owners obtain a Basic Business License (BBL) from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) in order to legally rent their property. A condition of obtaining a BBL is the property's satisfactory inspection by the DCRA for basic life safety requirements, such as egress, electrical systems, smoke detectors, and so forth. Be sure that any property you rent in D.C. has a BBL. There is also a roommates tab on the same website where you can find a roommate after you have filled out a short questionnaire about your living habits.
- If you find a roommate on this page who already has a property to live at in D.C. or if you find housing in D.C. somewhere other than the housing tab on OCH Listings, please self-verify there is an active BBL associated with the property. You can self-verify that your property has a BBL by using this DCRA webpage.
- Contact the property manager/landlord to schedule an appointment to see properties of interest.
- Visit the property during the day and at night to make sure you feel safe in the area. You can use the D.C. Police Crime Map to see recent criminal activity near your property.
- Read the lease cover to cover and understand your rights & responsibilities outlined in the lease.
- D.C. is known to be a tenant friendly city. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in the District of Columbia. Read the Tenant Bill of Rights.
- After signing the lease and prior to moving in, do a walk through with the landlord/property manager, documenting in writing & pictures existing conditions of the property. This will ensure you have the best opportunity to receive your security deposit back in full when the lease expires.