D.C. safe and not safe areas hotels?

Old Feb 13th, 2005, 10:11 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 18
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
D.C. safe and not safe areas hotels?

Hi, I'll be visiting D.C. for a few days in March. I'm still trying to decide between law schools and will be taking this opportunity to explore the area around Georgetown and GWU. Can someone tell me which areas of D.C. are the safest to the not so safe? I've heard both schools aren't in the best areas, for example, but I really have no idea.

Also, what is the best place to get deals on hotels? I'm a college student on a budget and not very picky. I mean roaches would be nice to avoid, but other than that... ;-)

Thanks!
gabi37avsfan is offline  
Old Feb 13th, 2005, 04:29 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It really depends on what you are comfortable with, and what your background is. If you come from a very quiet, rural area, the whole city is probably more intense than you are used to.

That said, both Georgetown and GWU are in very safe areas. Occasional street crimes occur in these areas (maybe a bit more often at GWU) but both areas are safe by any urban standard.
jm67 is offline  
Old Feb 13th, 2005, 06:50 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Both areas are really pretty safe, they are in the city but both in pretty good areas. I would feel safe walking around either, day or night. The Georgetown area has more to do and see, especially at night but is probably a little pricier.
JohnWW is offline  
Old Feb 13th, 2005, 07:05 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 18
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thank you so much.

I'm not a rural girl, just ignorant of D.C. I hail from Cleveland, and had heard of various areas in D.C. that were supposedly safer than others.

If I were to go exploring beyond these areas, any suggestions about places to avoid?



Thanks so much again!
gabi37avsfan is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 01:30 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,689
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Georgetown law school is NOT on the main campus in Georgetown, it is on the border of Northwest and Northeast Washington near Union Station. (Some of the main DC and federal courts are there.) Northeast DC and that part of Northwest has some very dodgy neighborhoods. However, you can get to the law school by walking from the metro at Union Station, so you don't need to stay near the school. GW is in the Foggy Bottom area, which is generally safe, interesting that you heard it was not in a safe area.

I would suggest you stay in Foggy Bottom area as there is more to see and do during the day and night (although Georgetown law is not far from the Capitol, but definitely not as safe at night.) I would use priceline or hotwire and use Foggy Bottom as your area and you should come up with good prices, esp on weekends as the area is more of a business area. You might also contact GW to ask if they have a place to put up potential students.

If you go end up going to Georgetown (which is the superior school to GW, no offense intended to GW) you could live in other parts of DC or the suburbs and get to classes by subway easily.
Cicerone is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 11:24 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 466
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You might want to check out Dupont Circle as a place to stay. The red line of the metro goes from Dupont Circle to Union Station without a transfer so you could use that to get to G'town law school and you could walk to GW's law school. If you stay in the Foggy Bottom area, you'll have to transfer metro lines at Metro Center, not undoable but I prefer to skip it if I can. As Cicerone said, the G'town law school in not on the main campus. There's lots of places to eat in the Dupont Circle area and lots of folks on the street at night.
RuthMc is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Ringerdog
United States
18
Jul 17th, 2009 07:13 AM
Davethecat65
United States
13
Apr 26th, 2009 05:50 PM
jip1985
United States
7
May 21st, 2004 06:43 AM
SaraL
United States
14
Mar 18th, 2003 01:36 PM
Sara
United States
7
Dec 18th, 2002 12:23 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information