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Comparing Co-Living Spaces and Traditional Student Housing in DC

Comparing Co-Living Spaces and Traditional Student Housing in DC

Washington, DC, a bustling hub of politics, culture, and education, offers a diverse range of housing options for students. Among the options in Washington, DC’s student housing landscape, co-living spaces and traditional student housing stand out for their unique offerings. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the differences between co-living spaces and traditional student housing in DC, highlighting the reasons why co-living is often the better option.

Understanding Co-Living Spaces and Traditional Student Housing

Traditional Student Housing in Washington DC

Traditional student housing in Washington, DC, is typically characterized by dormitories or apartments managed by educational institutions. These facilities often include basic amenities and are situated close to campuses. However, they may lack the flexibility and additional services found in modern housing solutions.

Co-Living Spaces in Washington DC

On the other hand, co-living spaces in Washington, DC — like Thompson-Markward Hall — redefine urban living. These are shared living environments where residents have private bedrooms but share common areas like kitchens and living rooms. Co-living spaces promote a sense of community and often come with added perks such as regular cleaning services, utilities, and high-speed internet, all included in the rent.

One former resident shared her experience and why she chose co-living at Thompson-Markward Hall, stating: “Because of the proximity to Georgetown Law, the offering of food and utilities, and the amazing price. It has completely changed my stay in DC. I am confident that during my Master’s studies, I would have been way more overwhelmed if it wasn’t because of TMH’s amazing amenities and food service.

Why Co-Living Spaces Often Offer More Benefits

  • Affordability: One of the primary advantages of co-living in DC is cost-effectiveness. With utilities and amenities included in the rent, co-living spaces provide an all-in-one solution, which is often more affordable than traditional housing options.
  • Community and Networking: DC co-living spaces foster a community atmosphere, offering a built-in social network. This environment is ideal for students and young professionals looking to meet new people and establish connections. 
  • Flexibility: Unlike traditional leases, co-living in Washington, DC, often offers flexible lease terms. This is particularly beneficial for students and professionals who may not want to commit to a long-term lease.
  • Convenience and Amenities: Many co-living spaces in Washington, DC, come fully furnished and include amenities such as gyms, lounges, and sometimes even coworking spaces. The convenience of having these facilities on-site cannot be overstated. 

In the heart of the nation’s capital, the choice between co-living spaces and traditional student housing ultimately hinges on individual preferences and needs. While traditional student housing in DC offers the familiarity of a conventional college experience, co-living spaces provide a modern, flexible, and community-focused alternative, often laden with additional benefits and conveniences.


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.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

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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.