Special Interest Housing
First-Year: Theme-Based Housing
Politics and Values Community – Somers Hall
In the Politics & Values community, a select group of students will explore societal politics while living and studying together in an intensive year-long course. For more information visit GW Housing’s website.
Civic House Community – West Hall
Civic House is a highly-selective first-year program for students interested in becoming active citizens engaged in their communities. The program is anchored by two service-learning courses: in the fall, a university-writing class centered on social change, and in the spring, a class on the local Washington D.C. community’s social and economic needs. While in both courses, students will work in non-profit organizations across the city on a variety of issues including education, poverty, homelessness, and environmental sustainability. In addition to the coursework, the Civic House Scholars will participate in monthly meetings discussing leadership development, civic engagement, and social advocacy. Supplemental event programming will include speakers, DC neighborhood tours, and weekly service projects both in and outside the classroom.
Elizabeth Somers Women’s Leadership Program – Somers Hall
University Honors Program – West Hall
Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program – Hensley Hall
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS) - Thurston Hall
Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) - Thurston Hall
GW School of Business (GWSB) - Thurston Hall
While not tied to specific coursework, the first-year SEAS, ESIA, and GWSB communities provide students within each of these schools the opportunity to live with their peers in Thurston Hall. These academic residential communities work closely with faculty to bring the classroom experience into the residential setting and encourage a supportive environment for students in which to live and study.
Gender Neutral Housing
Gender-neutral housing (GNH) allows students of different genders to share the same unit or apartment. All students assigned to a GNH suite, must opt-in and indicate a mutual roommate request in their housing application. To learn more, visit our FAQs.
Mount Vernon Campus
The Mount Vernon Campus, situated in the quintessential Washington neighborhood of Foxhall, with embassies, museums, and politically connected neighbors all around, is a wonderful option for students. The Mount Vernon Campus is also home to the Provost, and GW’s newest residence hall, featuring wonderful amenities including a fitness center, state of the art recording studios, individual rehearsal space, a black-box theater, an art studio and a dining hall.