Housing in Washington D.C.: tricks and resources

Washington D.C. is one of the most relevant and most visited cities in USA, due to its great
historical importance, and the good amount of distinguished monuments and museums the
city possess. With the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Washington Monument and the
Capitol as main touristic attractions, the city has reached new records of visitors in the last 2
years (over 20Million in 2017, and 22.8Million visitors in 2018). The city accommodates dozens
of embassies and therefore the fusion of cultures in Washington streets is undeniable. No
doubt that Washington is a great destination to live a unique cultural exchange, and Chef
Training US can bring you there!

Like other big and popular cities in the States, and due to the high number of US government
workers in the area, the housing situation in Washington is more expensive than in other areas
of the country, and it’s comparable to the prices in other cities like New York or Los Angeles.
To live within the core of the city, a student or trainee shall expect to pay between $1,000 and
$1,500 per month in a shared apartment with normally other 2 or 3 roommates. Prices go
higher if you expect to live alone. There are a good number of luxury condos and buildings that
provide amenities like gym or a pool for an even higher rent.

However, you can choose to get a little bit away from the city center and save some money.
Suburbs like Arlington, VA, or Bethesda, MD, offer an alternative housing option for students
and trainees, as well as for many workers of Washington D.C., while being still close to the city
thanks to the connection with the metro transportation. Prices in these areas start from
$700/month for a room in a shared apartment, and you can find places to live alone from
$1,500.

The public transportation is consolidated, functions well and it’s not complicated to
understand and ride. It includes buses and trains, and you can find all information about their
schedules and routes on WMATA website. You can use Uber or Taxis for more comfortable
(and more pricy) rides. If you live in the suburbs, you may want to consider renting or leasing a
car.

Chef Training US advice!
For your safety and the safety of your money, we always recommend our participants to rent a
temporary legit place (hostels, hotels, Airbnb rooms) during the first weeks, and search your
new living place on site. This will help you avoid scams and fake websites that show
apartments which don’t exist and rip you off. Once in US, make sure you have a signed
contract for your room, and you get a receipt of every payment you do regarding rent and
apartment fees.

Although Washington D.C. is mainly a safe city, you must be aware of watching out for
Southeast and Anacostia areas.

Where to start

  • Craiglist (https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/search/apa)
  • Rent in Washington DC (http://www.rentinwashingtondc.com/)
  • Apartments.com (https://www.apartments.com/washington-dc/)
  • Trulia (https://www.trulia.com/for_rent/Washington,DC/)
  • Radpad (https://www.onradpad.com/apartments-for-rent)
  • Zumper (https://www.zumper.com/apartments-for-rent/washington-dc)

Private housing companies can provide you accommodation, normally fully furnished, so you
only have to come with your suitcase. They are specialized in covering the needs of students
and trainees. Among many others you can find:

  • International Student Housin Washington DC (http://ishdc.org/)
  • Cassa Housing (https://cassahousing.com/)
  • Oakwood Worldwide (http://corp.oakwoodworldwide.com/professional-roommate-
    housing/)

And now that you are prepared to route your compass towards Washington D.C., check our
opportunities and start your international adventure with Chef Training US!

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