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Living in Washington, D.C.
Where We Live
There are various housing options in the greater Washington D.C. area. Most residents choose to live in DC with the most popular neighborhoods being located in Northwest and Northeast D.C. Neighborhood residents love include Columbia Heights, Shaw, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, Dupont Circle, NOMA and H-street. Depending on where you live in the city, it is possible to get to the hospital using public buses and the hospital shuttle system; so not all residents have cars.
Other residents choose to live close to DC in the Maryland or Virginia suburbs. Popular areas include Silver Spring, MD and Arlington, VA. These locations offer a short (~30 minute) commute to work with a more neighborhood feel. These locations require that residents have a car for transportation.
How We Live
The cost of living in Washington D.C. is comparable to any major city such as Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco or LA. However, our resident Salary & Benefits (link) are extremely competitive and allow us to live well in Washington D.C.! Many residents chose to live alone, while others pair up with resident or non-resident roommates. Some residents choose to buy homes in the Washington, D.C. area. DC is a very pet-friendly city, so all pets (old or new) are encouraged!
Fun Things to Do in Washington D.C.
There is always something going on in this city! With free events at museums and monuments, multiple sports teams and the city’s close proximity to the outdoors of Virginia and Maryland – there is something for everyone. Some of our residents’ favorite highlights are below:
There so many great places to eat and drink around the district. Whether you prefer hip and trendy bistros, cozy brunch cafes or authentic international eateries, Washington, D.C. has got you covered.
Washington D.C., has some of the best museums in the world, and many of them are free! Some of our favorites include:
- Smithsonian: A world class collection of free museums including the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of American Art, Air and Space Museum, American Indian Museum, African American History Museum, Hirschorn Museum and Postal Museum.
- National Gallery Of Art: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden – summertime café and free outdoor Jazz on Fridays. Ice Skating at the Sculpture Garden – skating rink open from November through mid-March.
- Phillips Collection: Small museum in Dupont Circle with 20th century American Art. Sunday Concerts held October through May at 4 pm (price included in museum admission, seating not reserved).
- National Geographic Museum: Series of National Geographic Live! Speakers at their headquarters building.
- International Spy Museum: The first and only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage, the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts ever placed on public display.
There are many opportunities to get outside – both in Washington D.C. and just a short drive away in Maryland and Virginia, including:
There are many opportunities to catch live music, theater, or comedy just minutes from the hospital!
- The Kennedy Center: a performing arts center that hosts a variety of theater, ballet, music and comedy events
- Sidney Harmon Hall: a local theater that is home to the Shakespeare Theatre Company
- The Anthem: a music venue and auditorium in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood that hosts major concerts in DC Other smaller venues include the historic 9:30 Club and Black Cat
- The Howard Theater: a historic theater in the Shaw neighborhood
- C. Improve Comedy Club: a comedy club that showcases national acts and local talent