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The Best Areas To Live or Stay in Washington, DC

The Best Areas To Live or Stay in Washington, DC

Whenever you travel or move to a different area, it’s always best to do your research beforehand. This can help you learn about all of the sites, attractions, and best things to do in the area. It can also ensure that you find a safe place to stay in. 

In big cities like Washington, DC, it can be difficult to choose between the many different neighborhoods for the best place to live or stay. It will also depend on how long you are staying, how large your budget is, what you want to be near the most, finding a safe area, and more. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the best areas to live or stay in Washington, DC.

Areas in DC That You Should Consider When Staying or Living There

Often, the best areas to live or stay will also be the safest areas. Because of this, we’ve compiled a list of different parts of DC that generally have a low crime rate, are accessible, and offer nearby attractions. Whether you are just visiting or planning on moving, here are some of the top areas and neighborhoods in DC:

  • Adams Morgan – Adams Morgan is close to DC’s cultural center and borders on Embassy Row. It is also within walking distance of Downtown DC and Dupont Circle, making it easy to commute to work or school. It’s known for its great dining, nightlife, colorful buildings, public art, and cultural diversity.
  • Dupont Circle – Considered by many to be DC’s most beautiful neighborhood, Dupont Circle is one of the city’s most upscale areas. It is fairly close to Union Station, Downtown, and the White House, and it boasts a great fine dining scene and many popular art galleries.
  • Foggy Bottom – Foggy Bottom gets its name from the fog that often surrounds the area. The neighborhood is just west of the White House, sitting between the National Mall and the Potomac River. Foggy Bottom is home to George Washington University, the John F. Kennedy Center, and a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and hotels.
  • Logan Circle – One of the trendiest neighborhoods in DC, Logan Circle is located in the center of DC near Dupont Circle and Downtown. The area is known for its historical significance and architectural beauty, and also boasts many bars, boutiques, and museums. It is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in the city and is both incredibly walkable and bike-friendly.
  • Georgetown – Georgetown is one of the most popular parts of DC, particularly because it is home to Georgetown University. Near the Potomac River, Georgetown is a bit outside the center of DC and offers more green space than other neighborhoods. On top of great dining and shopping, it also has charming cobblestone streets that differ from many of the more modern parts of the city.
  • Capitol Hill – Right in the center of DC, Capitol Hill is in the middle of all the action that our nation’s capital has to offer. It’s within walking distance of the United States Capitol, Union Station, the Library of Congress, and the National Mall. It is a safe place to stay whether you are visiting or living in DC for an extended period of time and is a great area for those working on Capitol Hill.

Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

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Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.