Where to Live?

Choosing a Neighborhood

Cultural Tourism DC ( Click on “Historic Neighborhoods.”

Finding Housing

Craigslist ( Search or post free ads for short and long-term housing, roommates, sublets, parking, and just about anything else you can imagine.

The Washington Post ( The Real Estate section includes an advanced apartment search feature.

The Washington City Paper ( You can search the postings and/or submit your own free classified housing ads.

DC Cardinal Young Alumni website ( Post a free ad for housing/roommates or respond to listings from other young alumni in DC.

How to Get Around?

The Metro ( The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, the Metro system operates 7 days a week.

Driving ( If you plan to bring a car with you to DC, you should visit the DMV within 30 days of moving. You will need to obtain a residential parking permit to park in most neighborhoods.

Biking ( Washington DC is one of the best U.S. metro areas for riding a bike, with an extensive network of scenic bike paths great for getting a workout or just getting to work.

What to Do?

Annual Events

Shakespeare Free for All - beginning in 2009, in August-Sept
4th of July Fireworks on the Mall
DC International Film Festival
National Cherry Blossom Festival - late March,early April
Halloween Drag Races in Dupont Circle
Screen on the Green - Mondays - late July, early August

Outdoor Activities

Jogging through Rock Creek Park
Biking the C&O Canal Path
Visiting the National Zoo
Ice Skating in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden
Walking around the monuments
Watching the Nationals and the Redskins play ball


Freer Gallery
Hirshhorn Museum
Renwick Gallery
Phillips Collection
Corcoran Gallery
National Air and Space Museum
Natural History Museum
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
American History Museum
Udvar-Hazy Space Center
National Gallery of Art

Performance Venues

9:30 Club
Black Cat
Kennedy Center
Wolf Trap
Merriweather Post Pavilion
DAR Constitution Hall
Folger Shakespeare Library


Day Trips and Weekend Getaways

Hiking and camping in Shenandoah
Picnicking in Great Falls Park
Tubing on the river near Harper’s Ferry
Whitewater rafting in West Virginia
Exploring Luray Caverns
Hanging out in Baltimore
Skiing in Pennsylvania and Virginia
Enjoying the sun and surf in Ocean City
Touring presidential mansions

Bars, Restaurants, and Coffee Houses

Lauriol Plaza
Ben’s Chili Bowl
Front Page
Hotel Washington Rooftop Bar (view!!)
2 Amy’s Pizza
Larry’s Ice Cream
The Big Hunt

Volunteer Organizations

Volunteer Match (
Hands on DC (
Washington Parks and People (
So Others Might Eat (


Where to Work?

Picking Your Field

Higher Education
Research/Think Tanks
Pro sports

Searching for a Job
The Washington Post
- Sunday “Jobs” section
- Amy Joyce on-line Tuesdays at 11:00am
College and University Career Centers
Association websites
Employer websites
Job search firms
Religious organizations
SAA and CDC lists of area alumni

Stanford Links

Washington DC Area

Palo Alto


Revised: September 14, 2015. Comments to William Pegram,