Each student is responsible for making his or her own living arrangements. There are two general approaches: Search first for houses, apartments, or townhomes for rent and then recruit roommates to move in with you. Or search online for people already living in the area who are looking for roommates and join them at their residence. It is encouraged to utilize the resources such as Facebook groups to be able to successfully find housing.
Factors to Consider
When considering LOCATION:
- How accessible is it?
- Use Google Maps to see how far away the place is from IPS and keep in mind that 5 miles in this area does not equal a 5 minute commute!
- Areas named Rosslyn, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Annandale and Washington, DC are within 5 -10 miles of the school.
- If you will not have a car, look to see if it is walking distance to a metro stop or if it is located along a bus route that goes to Crystal City (use the trip planner at http://www.wmata.com/)
- Some apartment complexes offer free shuttle buses to the metro.
- Is it a safe neighborhood?
- Is it near a grocery store, gym, library, etc.?
When considering PRICE:
- Realize unfortunately that everything in this area is rather expensive.
- In general, though not always the case, the farther away the place is from the District or the farther it is from a Metro station, the cheaper the price. You may have to weigh what is more important to you. Many students experience that it is worth it to pay an extra $50 or $100 per month in order to live closer, making adjustment to the area significantly easier.
When considering ROOMMATES:
- See if any of your incoming classmates are interested in rooming with you or see if there are students starting at the JPII Institute in DC or at CUA looking for roommates.
- Good Sites to search for roommates:
- “DC Catholics looking for Roommates” on Facebook
Realtor for Homes.com: David Hoegerman – firstname.lastname@example.org
This site makes it easy to compare apartments and homes for rent close to the Arlington campus.
Contact David for more information.
We have compiled a list that gives the contact information for many of the residences where our students are currently living, as well as a handful of religious residences in Washington, DC. Please note that a number of students have provided us with personal recommendations for the complexes where they are living which could be helpful in making your decision.
A good number of IPS students live in Lloyd Apartments or in townhomes nearby. This area is highly recommended because:
- It is located along a bus route that goes directly to and from IPS.
- If driving, it is a short commute to IPS (about 7-15 min depending on traffic) and many students also carpool.
- Many students bike-commute to school on a bike trail right next to the apartment complex that takes the rider most of the way to Crystal City.
- It is near grocery stores, in walking distance of St.Rita’s Catholic Church, and close to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
- It is walking distance to Shirlington, an area with restaurants, a movie theater, coffee shops and a library. http://villageatshirlington.com/.
- The IPS community is strong here. Students often have Sunday brunches and other meals together, Rosary walks at night, study sessions and other get-togethers.
About $470-500 for 3 people sharing 2 bedrooms
$1,100-1,250 for 1 bedroom apartment (utilities included)
$1,450 for 2 bedroom apartment
800 Tennessee Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305-1160
Some reviews: “Excellent management and very comfortable.” “Older apartments with no extra amenities.” “Been here 2 years and plan to stay another year.”
Please contact Nathan Calvino (current IPS student) for further information: email@example.com
About $535-550/ Person for 3 people sharing 2 bedrooms or 4 people sharing 3 bedrooms
“My first year at IPS I lived with random roommates in a high-rise apartment complex. Moving to this area has beautifully simplified my life … I now have a lot of independence (considering I don’t have a car) as the bus goes straight to IPS and I can walk to Mass, the grocery store, the library and coffee shops. This is a very residential neighborhood filled with families and working professionals, I feel extremely safe! Living so close to other students has been the highlight, however… I didn’t know what I was missing out on until I moved to this area.”
Brighton Square Townhomes
Alexandria VA 22305
Other Housing Opportunities:
The Lenox Club
401 12th Street South
Arlington, VA 22202-4226
“We love our apt! We have two bedrooms, there is a 24 hr gym, indoor pool, rooftop balcony with a beautiful view of DC, and a recently added Starbucks coffee machine in the lobby. I have always felt very safe, it’s a 10 min walk to IPS and a 5 min walk to the Pentagon City Metro.”
500 Roosevelt Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22044-3139
“For the past two years I’ve lived at Roosevelt Towers Apartments in Falls Church, VA. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the East Falls Church metro and it takes me about 25 minutes to get to IPS by metro. It’s about a 15 minute drive. Safeway and Target are within walking distance. I have been pleased with my overall experience and it is in a very safe neighborhood–lots of families out and about often. “
Seminary Walk Condominiums, Alexandria, VA
$540/ month per person
4miles from IPS, about 1 mile walk from King Street Metro
Recommended by IPS student.
Bailey’s Crossing, Alexandria, VA
$900/month per person
About 6 miles to IPS, about 20 min drive in traffic
Recommended by IPS student for its safety and luxury living (amenities, fitness center, metro shuttle), but it is on the expensive end.
The Wellington, Arlington, VA
$625/ month per person
About 2 miles to IPS
Recommended by an IPS student.
Houses in Falls Church, VA
$600/month per person
25 minute drive by car to IPS
Recommended by an IPS student, she found her house for rent on Craigslist.
The following residences may have rooms available for students of the Institute. Arrangements should be made directly with each facility. Costs and fees are subject to change and inquiries should be made directly to the appropriate institution.
Rosary House of Studies
1201 Monroe St., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
The Rosary House of Studies is the home of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation. They have facilities for housing young women, but space is limited. All rooms are single. Breakfast foods are provided everyday and dinner is provided M-F. Application is $30. Room and board is $600/mo. Wireless internet access is available. Rosary House is a ten-minute walk from the METRO. One student says it is good if you want a quiet study environment but that it is not good for community and it is not in the safest neighborhood.
Centro Maria Residence
650 Jackson St., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
Centro Maria Residence is located two blocks from the Catholic University and offers housing for women only, ages 18-29. Rates are for single air-conditioned rooms in a smoke-free building. Applications may be made in writing or in person. Rates include breakfast and dinner six days a week, and facilities include a chapel, dining room, laundry, TV room, and limited maid service. The rates are $165 per week, with a $75 registration fee.
St. Francis Friary Capuchin
4121 Harewood Rd., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
The Capuchin College is a house of formation for the Capuchin community. Residence is available to men religious and priests. All student residents are asked to participate in common prayer and meals and to help maintain the house. The fee is $25 per day, which includes food and lodging. It may be possible to obtain a special rate for each semester. For more information, write to the local superior at the above address.
Casa Sacri Cuori
1321 Otis St., NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
Sr. Ada Grano, POSC
Casa Sacri Cuori is a residence run by the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts that offers housing for women studying or working in the Washington, D.C. area. Rates are for single unconditioned rooms in a smoke-free building. Applications may be made in writing or in person. Rates include all utilities paid, large common library, cable Internet service in each room, washer and dryer, large chapel, large kitchen with unlimited use, and large common dining room and TV room. Limited maid service. Some parking is available off main road, but is limited. Unlimited phone use in the continental USA. Casa Sacri Cuori is 5 min walk to the red line (CU) metro station and 10 min walk to Catholic University. The cost per month is $500.00.
For more information or questions about housing, please contact Nancy Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 416.1441 ext. 127.
Arlington County Housing Division
2100 Claredon Blvd., Suite 701
Arlington, VA 22201
(Provides information on renting and housing in the Arlington area)