Living in the D.C. Area

Fourth of July in Washington D.C. on the National Mall, photo by Anthony Quintano from Mount Laurel, United States, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Fourth of July on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Wikimedia photo by Anthony Quintano from Mount Laurel

Living in the Washington, D.C. area can enhance a policy graduate student's academic and professional development through networking opportunities, access to resources, and immersion in a dynamic policy environment.

As a central hub for policymakers, NGOs, international organizations, and other think tanks, the D.C. area offers abundant opportunities to connect with professionals in the field. The region's wealth of resources, including libraries, archives, and policy events, can enrich your academic experience and research endeavors.

Beyond academia, the region boasts diverse cultural offerings, museums, restaurants, and events, offering a well-rounded experience outside of your studies.

Housing and Transportation

Pentagon City Metro entrance, photo by Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Pentagon City Metro entrance

Wikimedia photo by Cliff from Arlington, Virginia

Students live independently, and many find housing in the local areas of Arlington, Alexandria, or Silver Spring, as well as Washington, D.C. itself. There are numerous apartment complexes, rental options, and shared housing opportunities near universities and in the neighborhoods throughout D.C., catering to different budgets and preferences.

As is true for all RAND staff, students who live further away from campus are often able to find less expensive housing opportunities. However, the Washington Campus is easily accessible via Metro, bus lines, bike routes, and freeways.

Located in Pentagon City, the Washington Campus is easily accessible by the Metro's Blue and Yellow lines. For those students who do have a car, RAND provides free parking in the parking structure of the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall.