Image of the Tempietto in Kogan Plaza during cherry blossom season

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. 

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

The Women's Leadership Program (WLP) is a selective, year-long, living and learning program for freshmen women of any school at the George Washington University. Offered exclusively at the Mount Vernon Campus, WLP students have the benefit of small classes, close contact with faculty and women in leadership roles, and strong community ties within the Program. The dynamic curriculum emphasizes exploration and development of women's leadership through academic courses and weekly symposia. WLP symposia offer special lectures, workshops and experiences that draw on the unique resources of Washington, DC, to bring students together with women of achievement and leadership from many professional fields. Students live together in Somers Hall with a graduate teaching assistant who serves as a mentor and academic resource.

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.

Affinity Housing

Affinity Housing presents the opportunity for GW registered student organizations, athletic groups, and academic organizations to create their own living community around their particular needs and interests. Affinity groups must have a minimum of 12 participants.

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.

Residence Halls

View room diagrams and amenities of Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campus residence halls now.