Where should I live in Washington DC ?

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By Jonny - Posted on
16 October 2012
Hi guys,

I am busy planning a move to Washington DC in Feb 2013. I have an exciting new job opportunity over there.

I am a 28 year old, young professional and I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on where best to rent an apartment. I'll be working in the downtown area so I would like to be close to work. I enjoy socialising and meeting new people, so it would be nice to be in an area which has a good vibe with lots of places to eat out and grab a drink after work.

I don't plan on buying a car, unless I need to travel a lot beyond Washington so it would be great of other expats good give me their thoughts on the best way to get around the city.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi Johnny

We have a page on this on our expatarrivals.com - see: Areas and Suburbs in Washington DC.
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We moved to Washington DC two years ago and stayed in Cleveland Park. This area was very convenient for us, and we took the Metro train to work (which was only a good 5-8 minute walk from our apartment). The lesson we learnt is - stay away from the eastern side. Your best location is NW area. Georgetown is expensive, and so is Dupont Circle. Columbia Heights is a bit rough for our liking, so I would suggest you look for areas in Cleveland Park or Van Ness, with the 20008 zip code.

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