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George Mason University
George Mason University is located in Fairfax, Virginia, with satellite campuses in Arlington County, Prince William County and Loudoun County. Mason, as it is known by students, is a progressive college strong in law, economics, public policy and nursing.
Fair Living in Fairfax
Fairfax, with around 20,000 souls, offers a quiet country feel and the opportunity to concentrate on your studies! It is ranked #3 on Forbes' list of the top 25 places to live in the US. While Fairfax itself isn't huge, Washington is a pleasant forty minute to two hour drive away, and the cultural diversity of the Fairfax neighborhoods reflects that closeness. There are large Hispanic and Asian populations in Fairfax, especially.
As a small community, Fairfax neighborhoods are all fairly similar and boundaries are fuzzy. George Mason University is located south and slightly west of the city centre, and most housing is west and north of the city.
Bring Your Wheels
With the Fairfax city walk score of 55 out of 100, as well as the fact that DC is only a short distance away (if you drive!), there is nothing handier than a car for those attending George Mason University. If you've got your trainers on, you can get to several grocery stores and restaurants with only half a mile's walking, but most other facilities need a bus or car trip.
If you do have a car, there is no parking location in Farifax city more than 5 minutes away from any building, and the CUE bus system serves the city well with George Mason Uni as a stop.
Housing in Fairfax - Share for Good Value
There is little in the way of low priced housing in Fairfax, making co-habitating a great idea. It is possible for 1 bedroom housing (although they are gorgeous apartments, with gym, swimming, security and eating facilities), to run up to $2000 per month. Having a job in the county helps offset the costs of apartments and rentals also.
Fat Tuesday's and the Rest
Fat Tuesday's is one of the best loved dive bars and restaurants in Fairfax, and you have a branch of it right next to George Mason - Fat Tuesday's Raw Bar. The Wine House is also a great spot to walk to from school if your brain just can't take any more thinking, and needs to do some drinking!
You can get something a little more interesting than your peanut butter stir fry at plenty of places to eat around Fairfax. Put your hat on and get out of your apartment for Courtside Thai Cuisine, a cozy restaurant with a great value lunch special. Potbelly Sandwich Works has also helped many a starving student, just south of GMU.
Average Apartment Rent in Fairfax
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Apartments in Fairfax - View 41 properties
Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
1 Bedroom$1,340 - $1,690
2 Bedrooms$1,635 - $2,080
3 Bedrooms$1,845 - $2,115
Map & Local Information
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Is Fairfax a town where I'll need a car to get to work?
Fairfax is a pretty walkable town and between bus service and the George Mason University metro station, you might not need a car for going to work, but you'll sure probably want one for weekends and errands.
What neighborhoods in Fairfax are good for eating out?
All along the Lee Highway are so many restaurants both chain and locally owned that it's often tough to make a decision. The Main Street area downtown has several great places. Check out Red, Hot and Blue for great Southern barbeque along with some good blues music.
What would an ideal weekend be like in Fairfax?
Start your weekend out with a round of golf at one of Fairfax's many golf courses, like the Penderbrook Golf Club, the Fair Oaks Golf Park, or the Country Club of Fairfax. Then be sure to soak up some of the local culture at the Blenheim historic home and farm or the Ratcliffe-Allison House and Pozer Garden. Don't forget to check out some of the local museums like Fairfax's National Air and Space Museum or the National Firearms Museum, and then round out your weekend with some nice relaxation at the local Rose Garden Aesthetic Care.
I've got dogs. What are the best places in Fairfax for being outdoors with pets?
The best places in Fairfax for being outdoors with pets are in its 279 acres of public parklands and over 21 miles of trails. In Fairfax proper, all dogs must be kept on leash when enjoying the city's parks and other outdoor areas. However, there are some dog parks in surrounding towns in Fairfax County, including Baron Canyon, Blake Lane, Chandon, Grist Mill, Rock Hill District Park, Mason District, and South Run. Bull Run Regional Park and Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest and are larger parks outside of Fairfax that are also conducive to playing with pets.
Are there museums in Fairfax or nearby?
Yes. In fact, Fairfax is home to a few museums. The Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center curates exhibitions on city history and offers walking tours of Old Town Fairfax and the city's historic buildings in the spring and fall. Operated by the NRA, the National Firearms Museum features 15 galleries displaying 2,700 guns that span more than six centuries. The Cold War Museum is dedicated to the education, preservation, and research on the multifold confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union; however, the collections are still in progress.