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
Recommended by IPS Students
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.
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
IPS Student Reviews:
- “Excellent management and very comfortable.”
- “Older apartments with no extra amenities.”
- “Been here 2 years and plan to stay another year.”
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 $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.” – IPS student
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.” –IPS student
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.” – IPS student
Seminary Walk Condominiums, Alexandria, VA
$540/ month per person
4 miles 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.
Brighton Square Townhomes
Alexandria VA 22305
Recommended by an IPS student.
Located in Alexandria, this apartment complex provides a free 15 minute shuttle ride to the Crystal City metro (1 block away from IPS) every 15 minutes during rush hour. Single room, double room, and studio set ups available. Prices include utilities. Max of four people in a two bedroom apartment and two people in a 1 bedroom apartment. Laundry is available on each floor of the building. Amenities include: outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, media center, residents lounge and lending library, gated community.
For Male Religious:
St. Joseph Seminary
Josephite Fathers and Brothers
1200 Varnum Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
St. Joseph Seminary is located in Northeast Washington, DC, just blocks from Catholic University and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The main purpose of the seminary is for the formation of men for service to the Church, as Josephite Priests or Brothers. It includes Pre-Novitiate Formation, Josephite Brotherhood Formation, and Seminarian Formation for those in the Philosophy or Theology program for priesthood. Amenities include: individual rooms, meals, parking, wireless internet, workout equipment, laundry facilities, and shared bathrooms.
Centro Maria Residence
650 Jackson Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Centro Maria was opened as a residence for young ladies between 18 and 29 years of age. Life in the Residence run by the Religious of Mary Immaculate is oriented towards creating a family atmosphere. Centro Maria is located 2 blocks from the Brookland/CUA metro stop. Amenities include single rooms furnished with semiprivate bathrooms, meals, wireless internet connection in several areas of the residence, chapel, TV lounge, communal dining room, library, laundry room, small kitchenettes on each floor (refrigerator, microwave, etc), private parking, and a garden. Rates are $165 per week, with a $75 registration fee.
Rosary House of Studies
1201 Monroe Street, NE
Washington, DC 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 Monday through Friday. Room and board is $600/mo. Wireless internet access is available. Rosary House is a ten-minute walk from the Brookland/CUA metro stop. One student said 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.
235 Second St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
One hundred twenty residents are housed at Thompson-Markward Hall, which was built in 1931. The women who stay at TMH come to Washington for a variety of reasons. Many are congressional interns and staffers, women seeking or starting jobs, and university graduate students. Thompson-Markwood Hall is located near the Capitol Building. Services Offered: Furnished single air-conditioned rooms, housekeeping services (limited), two multi-unit baths located on each floor, coin-operated laundry, television lounge, living room with fireplace, library, garden, and sundeck. Reservations are required.
Either Male or Female:
International Student House
1825 R St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
The International Student House is a non-profit organization which provides a residential experience to a diverse international community of graduate students, interns, and visiting scholars. The International Student House is located in Dupont Circle. Services Offered: Room fees include meals (13 per week), internet, utilities and laundry facilities.
Cheap DC Intern Housing
6801 Baltimore Blvd (Route 1)
College Park, MD 20740
A traditional boarding house located near the University of Maryland campus and the College Park metro station on the Green line. The cozy brick house has 8 bedrooms that share the two bathrooms. Services Provided: Nightly and weekly availability. Each room has a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave and coffee maker are in the hall.
1441 Kennedy St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
The International Guest House is a non-profit house owned and maintained by the Allegheny Conference of Mennonite Church USA. The IGH is run by an all-volunteer staff eager to show the love of Christ through the ministry of hospitality to guests from all over the world. 12 beds in 5 rooms of three-story house in quiet neighborhood, steps from 16th St. bus line. Includes breakfast, 9 pm teatime. No guest pets or alcohol. Services Offered: a small kitchenette, a snack bar, a social recreation room, a free breakfast and tea/cookie time; five guest rooms with 2 or 3 single twin-sized beds. All rooms may be shared with guests of the same gender, but exceptions can be made for couples and families
300 Carroll St, NW
Washington, DC 20012
Hostel just 50 meters from Takoma Park Metro station, options of private room w/shared bath or dormitory style room. The house is a converted Victorian hotel listed on the Register of historic building. It is located in a safe area with no curfews or lockouts. Close to the Takoma Red Line Metro Stop. Services Provided: Internet and Guest phones are provided as well as satellite TV with HBO & Cinemax. A game room and pool table are also available for use. There is a fully equipped kitchen. Linen and blankets can be provided. Parking and Laundry facilities are also available. – good for temp stay while searching for more permanent housing
2700 Cathedral Ave, NW
Washington D.C. 20008
Off Connecticut Avenue, guests of this Washington DC Bed and Breakfast enjoy a world of unique shopping international cuisines and so much more. Only two blocks from the Marriott Wardman Park, the Omni Shoreham Hotel, the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station, and the Washington National Zoo. Services Offered: Large Victorian townhouses, variety of singles and doubles w/shared or private baths, includes breakfast, guest laundry services available on site, iron and ironing boards available, free local calls from lobby area, high speed internet access, food storage available in a shared refrigerator and a microwave, limited street parking maximum of 2 hours, residential street parking permit available.
1126 South Carolina Ave, SE (On Capitol Hill)
Washington, D.C. 20003
Furnished apartments w/Internet, free utilities, phone, laundry, pets & sharing OK. Studios and one bedrooms available. Five minute walk to Eastern Market Metro stop on the Blue and Orange lines. Services Offered: All units have High Speed DSL internet access, local phone, satellite TV with HBO, a washer and dryer, microwave, coffee maker, alarm clock, dishes, utensils, pots and pans, garbage disposal, and linens and towels.
William Penn House
515 East Capital St.
Washington, DC 20003
William Penn House is a Quaker hostel and program center on Capitol Hill. Services Offered: Shared accommodations, linens, towels, living room, library, computer, guest phone, gardens, and some meals. – good for temp stay while searching for more permanent housing
The Brookland Inn
3742 12th St. NE
Washington DC 20017
The Brookland Inn is a newly renovated residence that is located 2 blocks away from the Catholic University/Brookland metro station. Services Offered: One and two bedroom suites with kitchenette, microwave, mini-refrigerator, dining table, and private bathroom.
Adam’s Inn Bed and Breakfast
1746 Lanier Pl. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Adam’s Inn is a Victorian B&B on a quiet residential street. It is located in Adams-Morgan, and is easily accessible to many attractions such as the National Zoo, White House, Convention Center, museums, and galleries. Services Offered: Short walk to metro (Red Line, Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Green & Yellow Lines, Columbia Heights; ½ block to several bus lines), 26 guest rooms, 15 with private bath, free wireless internet access, some meals, Cable TV, DVD, VCR, and pay phones in common areas, air-conditioned rooms, garden patio, guest kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, guest laundry facility, limited garage parking, pet friendly.
Washington, DC Area Hotels
If you are interested in staying in a hotel, the above link will direct you to the DC tourism website for more information about accommodations in the area.
Washington, DC Area Hostels
If you are interested in staying in a hostel, the above link will direct you a website that will aid in your search.
The following is a list of resources you can use to find housing:
Commuting to Campus
Public Transportation (Metrobus & Metrorail)
The Crystal City Metro station is serviced by the Yellow and Blue line trains, running in the directions of Franconia-Springfield and Huntington to the west and Largo Town Center and McPherson Square to the east, respectively. Bus service is provided by the Metroway bus, as well as along the 9A, 10R, 16H, 23A and B lines, as well as ART43, and ART 92. Additional bus information can be found at http://www.prtctransit.org/commuter-bus/schedules/index.html. The VRE also services Crystal city. Beginning in July 2011, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) instituted a tiered fare program; visit WMATA’s website to determine, based on your departure time, what the fares for your commute will be.
If you decide to drive to campus on a regular basis, here are a few suggestions to make your ride easier:
- Be sure to leave in plenty of time to accommodate impromptu backups or accidents. Check in with WTOP (103.5 FM) or another similar radio station for routine traffic bulletins. Consider also subscribing to an alert system that can notify you if there are backups or accidents along your pre-determined route (some examples can be foundhere and here).
- If you’re concerned about the cost of commuting, consider enrolling in a carpooling system or forming your own amongst fellow students.Commuter Connections is a service that connects people needing or able to provide carpooling options.
- There are a limited number of parking passes for the garage beneath the IPS building. Note, these permits are an additional cost of $150 a month.
- Find events in Crystal City here. You can also like the “Crystal City” Facebook page to get more information about activities and events in the area.
- To learn about Young adult events for the Diocese of Arlington, like the “Ignite Arlington” Facebook page.
- For information about Catholic Young Adult Activities in Washington, D.C., click here.
Inclusion of any listing on this page does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as (1) an endorsement or approval by The Institute of the Psychological Sciences of the landlord, its properties, or its business practices, or (2) a warranty or representation by the Institute as to the quality, safety or other features of such property and/or its owners or management agent(s). IPS expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to such property or rental units or with regard to disputes between landlords and tenants concerning such property or rental units. All prospective tenants are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective rental unit or landlord.