Housing & Dining
Campus living is a big change for most students. Becoming a member of a new community of peers while taking on the responsibilities and challenges that independence brings is an exciting and an essential part of our University experience. GW works hard to make that experience not only positive, but one that contributes to each student’s academic success and personal growth.
GW’s 48 distinctive residence options range from traditional coed halls and apartment-style halls with private bathrooms, to Scholars' Village townhouses for upperclassmen and independent-living high-rises.
The University offers on-campus housing to all undergraduate students who want to live within the residence hall system. Freshmen and sophomore students are required to live in University housing. GW’s commitment to providing a complete, fulfilling undergraduate educational experience includes residence-hall programming for students in University-sponsored housing. Alternatively, the “interest-based” house system allows student-residents to bring together living and learning cohorts that best serve their extracurricular interests.
Residential Living Highlights
- Undergraduates who live on campus: 75 percent
- Number of undergraduates living at Foggy Bottom: about 6,650
- Number of graduates living at Foggy Bottom: about 300
- Number of undergraduates living at Mount Vernon: 706
- Freshmen who live on campus: 100 percent
- Number of unique student residential properties: 50
- Number of residence halls: 35
- Number of Greek townhouses: eight
- Number of Scholars Village townhouses: six
- Residence hall amenities include:
- Cable television
- Data connections for each student
- Voice connections for each room
- Microwaves and refrigerators in each room (Many residence halls have kitchens.)
Mount Vernon Living Highlights
The Mount Vernon Campus features:
- 23 wooded acres
- An upscale residential neighborhood
- Six residence halls
- Campus Dining Location: Pelham Commons (located in West Hall)
Campus security is an important concern of students and parents alike. The GW Police Department (GWPD) is a large, experienced force; our campuses are also served by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department and federal police agencies. Campus security:
- Operates 24 hours a day
- Uses 100 uniformed officers
- Features additional security services, including emergency blue light phones, a campus shuttle, bicycle registration, the 4-RIDE campus ride service and Alert DC text messaging service
- Includes residence halls fitted with card readers, accessible only to those with a student ID access card
GW’s residence halls are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and the special needs of our students. The university’s Disability Support Services (DSS) works to ensure that students with disabilities participate fully in life at GW, derive the greatest benefit from their educational experience and achieve maximum personal success. DSS serves more than 700 GW students with a wide variety of disabilities, including those temporarily disabled by injury or illness.