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Welcome To Howard University
Howard University is located in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. While the school is a "historically black university"—it was founded after the Civil War as a seminary school for African American males—it is nevertheless open to all people regardless of race, gender, or religion. History is an important aspect of Howard; the university played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement, and Alain Locke, a former professor of Philosophy at Howard, is thought of by many as the father of the Harlem Renaissance. Howard excels in other fields as well—business, law, medicine, and divinity, to name a few. And the school is no stranger to sports, as anyone familiar with the Bisons and Lady Bisons ought to know.
Housing Around The D.C. Area
Almost half of Howard students choose to live off campus, so you'll probably find yourself in good company once you decide you'd like to rent an apartment in Washington, D.C. Campus is just below the McMillan Reservoir; apartments in this area are expensive, but if you can manage it you'll be in for a treat, as they are luxurious, towering condominiums. You can also look farther off, and use your commute as an excuse to explore the city. Start your hunt with our helpful apartment search guide. Then you can get a feel for what the everyday college experience is like by checking out our college life blog.
Transportation And Finding Entertainment
Going to Howard University is a great way to access the city of Washington, D.C. The school provides a special shuttle system, which travels from the main campus to smaller offshoots. The city subway runs from 5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays and from 6:30 a.m. to around 3 a.m. on weekends. And as for attractions, well, maybe you've heard that D.C. has a couple monuments kicking around. The Presidential Monuments at particularly beautiful at night when they're lit-up and less crowded. But you might be more interested in cosmopolitan nightlife, once you decide to wander off campus. Well, look no further than the aptly-named website Bar D.C., which can acquaint you with all those types of happenin' places.
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What are some quiet neighborhoods in Washington DC?
Located in the northwest quarter of Washington, D.C., historic Cleveland Park is a quiet residential neighborhood. This area is known for its charming late 19th century homes, as well as the notable Art Deco Uptown Theater, located here. Glover Park, just north of Georgetown, is a peaceful neighborhood nestled in the picturesque forested parklands of Glover-Archbold Park. This community brings the amenities of suburban living to city life, with neighborhood shops and restaurants, and several cultural community events held locally throughout the year.
What are the most fun neighborhoods in Washington DC?
The U Street Corridor, located in Northwest Washington, D.C., is the local hotspot, always buzzing with excitement and entertainment. With a slew of shops, restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, and music venues located on the nine-block stretch from 9th Street to 18th Street, you will never run out of things to do here. U Street is the hub of D.C.'s music scene, with several famous venues including the Lincoln Theatre and the Black Cat. Just north of downtown, Dupont Circle is home to some of Washington's best restaurants and bookstores, as well as the city's finest museums and historic attractions. Explore the spectacular photography and interactive displays of the National Geographic Museum by day and grab a cocktail and enjoy a flamenco performance at Cafe Citron at night, both located in Dupont Circle.
Is there a coffee house or someplace in Mount Pleasant where the locals hang out?
With so many students and professionals residing in DC, there are bound to be an array of local coffee shops, and coffee aficionados of Mount Pleasant will not be disappointed. Large chains like Starbucks, Caribou, and Cosi abound, but Mount Pleasant is also home to an abundance of smaller, locally owned coffee joints. Crumbs and Coffee is a local fave; an unpretentious, no-frills coffee shop serving up strong brews and tasty breakfast sandwiches in a friendly and down to earth environment. Order a yummy pastry and Crumb's exquisite frozen chai tea and enjoy it out in the sunshine on the outdoor patio.
Does Washington DC have any famous museums or exhibitions?
DC is home to dozens of world-class museums, many of them free of charge! Smithsonian Institution is the "world's largest museum complex", with 18 DC-area attractions, all free to the public. Some of the most well known include the Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, and the Museum of African Art. DC's Holocaust Memorial is America's leading center for the study and documentation of the Holocaust, with an extensive array of artifacts, films, photographs, and more. Other popular DC museums include the International Spy Museum, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, and Newseum.
How is the school system in Washington DC?
The school system in Washington DC is vast, with a public, public charter, or magnet school fit for students of all varieties. Over twenty schools in the district received the utmost score of 10 out of 10 on Greatschools.org's scale for their superior test scores. Some of the best schools include Murch Elementary, Shepherd Elementary, Mann Elementary, Deal Middle School, and Benjamin Bannekar Senior High School. Many renowned private schools also reside within the area including Gonzaga College High School, National Cathedral School, Washington International School, and Georgetown Day School.
Where in Washington should I live if I'd like to walk or bike to work and to restaurants and bars from my apartment?
Washington DC is a very pedestrian-friendly city, with many walkable neighborhoods to choose from. Dupont Circle is the most walkable in DC, a trendy neighborhood chock full of bars, restaurants, bookstores, and much more. Adams Morgan is another popular neighborhood amongst DC pedestrians with lots to do, from an assortment of great local shops to a bustling nightlife. Other DC neighborhoods that scored above 90 on walkscore.com include Logan Circle, U Street Corridor, Downtown, Mount Vernon Square, and Foggy Bottom.
What do people do for fun in Washington?
One of the most obvious activities involves taking advantage of the architecture of our nation's capitol--such as touring the national monuments, memorials, and three houses of government--or having a picnic in one of the city's parks. Aa far as culture is concerned, a person could spend his entire life walking around the extensive web of Smithsonian museums. Walking through Georgetown, a historic neighborhood full of cute shops and restaurants, is always a good way to spend an afternoon. Hiking at Great Falls Park and biking along the CandO Canal is a great way to spend time outdoors in the DC area. Lastly, copious venues hold music concerts throughout the year.
Is Randle Highlands apart of Hill Crest.
Randle Highlands and Hill Crest is about 0.7 miles apart each other. Randle Highlands is located north of Hill Crest and it takes only 2minutes by car and about 10minutes on foot. You can get Randle Highlands through the Hillcrest dr. and 28th street from Hill Crest.
What do people in Washington do as far as outdoor recreation?
As the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. is a planned city whose design incorporates a lot of green space. For that reason, there is plenty to do outdoors within the city limits. In addition to the National Mall and Reflecting Pool, well-attended parks include Montrose Park, Dumbarton Oaks Park, Piney Branch Park, and Glover Archbold Park, among many others. Several larger parks outside the city limits provide opportunities for hiking, camping, and mountain biking, while the Potomac River offers boating, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. With quite a few courses in the area, golf is also a popular pastime for many D.C. residents.
Where do most of the American University grad students live?
American University is most accessible by public transportation through the Tenleytown metro station, which is on the red line. Close neighborhoods on th red line include Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights. The first 3 neighborhoods can be pretty expensive, however. The Red Line transfers in Chinatown to the Green line, along which neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights, U Street and Shaw it is easier to find cheaper housing in cool areas for grad students with only about a 15-20 minute increase in commute time.