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UC Washington Academic Internship Program
TABLE OF CONTENTS
UC WASHINGTON PROGRAM
MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION .........3
ACADEMIC PROGRAM ......................................4
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP .................................6
198I FORM – HOW TO FILL IT OUT ..................9
INTERNSHIP- ETIQUETTE & DRESS .............10
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ...............13
HEALTH INSURANCE ......................................16
UC WASHINGTON CENTER
ORIENTATION & MOVE IN INFO .....................17
MAP-TYPICAL APARTMENT ...........................19
LIVING IN THE CENTER ..................................20
THINGS TO BRING...........................................22
THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER VICINITY
DC WEATHER ..................................................31
DINING OUT .....................................................32
NEIGHBORHOODS & SAFETY ........................34
MARKETS AND LOCAL SERVICES.................35
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ........................37
SHOPPING IN DC .............................................38
MOVIE HOUSES ...............................................39
COFFEE & TEAHOUSES .................................40
LOCAL SITES ...................................................41
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ..........................49
LOCAL UNIVERSITIES/LIBRARIES .................53
RADIO STATIONS ............................................54
UC RIVERSIDE WASHINGTON
UC Washington Center ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(on Scott Circle)
202-974-6371 UCR Program Director
202-974-6381 Program Coordinator at UCR
202-974-6381 Chantal Quintero
Program Administrator at the
UC Washington Center
Santa Barbara firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Cruz Career Center Counselors
Veitch Student Center
San Diego 951-827-3631
A MESSAGE FROM THE
UCR PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
Washington, DC is an amazing place where private business and public interest
converge in one exciting buzz of constant action and flurry. There is no better city in
the country that allows students to learn about how the government works, how
private interest groups and the media affect public events, and how Americans
present themselves to the world.
Washington offers a very unique environment, and because of this, we have put
together this book to try and make the transition to DC life and culture a bit easier.
We want to help you switch gears and get ready for life in the “Beltway.” We’ve
worked hard to answer as many questions as we can to prepare you for the DC
experience. Read this booklet thoroughly before you arrive in DC…and then bring it
with you! There is lots of valuable information inside about academics, sites and your
This type of experiential, outside the classroom situation is a great opportunity for you
to learn about DC, the nation, and yourself. Where else but in DC can you visit a wide
array of museums, monuments and historical landmarks? Observe how the national
government works, take classes and enjoy socializing with some of the nation’s
leaders? Most importantly, you’ll get to test your skills, strengths, interests and see
for yourself how all of your hours of studying at UCR is paying off. Most of our
students intern in a field that they are interested in pursuing as a career choice,
however, if you are unsure about your chosen major or you are interested in knowing
what you can do with your degree out in the “real world” – the UCR Washington
Academic Internship Program offers you a chance to find out. Come and see for
yourself…you might find a job – perhaps even a career – but you’ll definitely meet
new friends and expand your horizons in the process!
Don’t forget that life in DC can be much more expensive than living in California. The
budget included in this copy (page 15) offers a good snapshot of what you’ll need, but
past students constantly remind us to tell new students to be prepared. Any money
you begin to save now will come in handy when you want to take a weekend trip to
Boston or New York. The social scene around the UCDC Center near Dupont Circle
and Georgetown is great, but it can get very expensive. You want to enjoy your time
in DC, so save up while you can. The more you plan ahead, the more you’ll invest in
your experience and the more you’ll get in return from your adventure.
Start thinking about your academic internship in DC (if you haven’t already!) and as
always, don’t hesitate to contact the UCDC Staff if you have any questions or
concerns. You’ll be in DC before you know it!
The Staff of the UCR Washington Academic Internship Program
THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM
You’ll have a lot of fun while you are in DC, but don’t forget…this is an academic
program. Students come to Washington, DC, to take advantage of internship
opportunities and resources in the nation’s capital that are unavailable to them at
their home campus. Below are a few basics about the UCR Washington
Academic Internship Program.
UCR students enroll in a
combination of courses equaling UC Riverside students have several
at least 12 units from the following curriculum options in Washington, DC.
courses during the academic Students retain full-time status at the home
quarter in Washington, DC: campus and can earn from 12-16 units of
credit for the quarter. There are three
possible plans for each student’s schedule.
SEMINAR in Washington, DC
(4 units graded - required) Plan One Plan Two
This seminar serves as a weekly 4 Units Internship 8 Units Internship
forum for students to share and 4 Units Seminar 4 Units Seminar
enhance their knowledge of living 4 Units Elective 4 Units Elective
and working in Washington, DC. 12 Units Total 16 Units Total
Students will choose a seminar
based on internship selection and Plan Three
interest from a variety of different 8 Units Internship
4 Units Seminar
areas and themes. 12 Units Total
Individual Internship 198I
(4 or 8 units – S/NC or letter grade - required)
The UCDC program requires that students work at least 24 hours per week at
their chosen internship site, which is enough to earn 8 units of credit in most
cases. Students may decide to take 4 units based on the academic
requirements agreed to between the student and the faculty advisor or the
amount of units students can use toward graduation requirements. Students
make arrangements during the quarter prior to their departure for Washington to
acquire an internship. The UCR catalog will indicate the grade type (S/NC or
letter grade) for the course.
Elective Course (4 units graded – optional but recommended)
These courses are offered in many areas of interests and are a wonderful
opportunity for students to learn from professors who have special experience
with issues of importance in Washington, DC. Classes taught in the past have
focused on politics, public policy, history, sociology, economics, literature,
journalism, and the arts. Course descriptions are available at the main UCDC
web site (www.ucdc.edu).
UCDC Course Enrollment
The UCDC enrollment process is done in two parts. In order to ensure that financial
aid is paid, during the quarter prior to your departure for DC, students will be enrolled
in twelve “placeholder” units. These units hold the place on your transcript for
courses you will take in Washington, DC.
To view the elective courses offered at the Washington Center go to the UCDC web
page www.ucdc.edu and click on “Class Descriptions” under the “student” column on
the screen. Select the quarter when you will be in DC and the list of classes will
display on screen.
To pre-enroll, go back to the main menu screen, and click on “Pre-enroll for Courses”
under the “student” column. The system is very easy to access and follow. Pre-
enrollment is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. After you pre-enroll in your
chosen elective, you will receive an e-mail confirming your pre-enrollment in the
course. If the course you choose is full, you will be put on a waiting list, which also
operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When you arrive at the Washington Center, you will have an opportunity during the
Academic Orientation (shortly after you arrive in DC) to listen to the faculty members
give a brief summary of their course. If you want to change your course before final
enrollment, you will be able to do so on a space available basis.
The Elective Course is the ONLY course you will enroll in through the UCDC Center’s
website. If you have any problems with the pre-enrollment process, please contact
the UCR Program Administrator in Washington—Chantal Quintero at
Seminar in Washington, DC (191W)
This is a required part of the program. The UCDC Program Office will enroll all
students in this course. Students will be given an opportunity to select a focus area
for the course. The course is ONLY offered for a letter grade.
198I Internship Course
Complete the 198I Internship, Permission to Register form before leaving for DC.
Submit it to the UCDC Program Office at UCR and the UCDC program office will
finalize your enrollment in collaboration with the Registrar’s office. (see page 9 for
guidelines). It is your responsibility to complete all requirements assigned by the
professor (back here at UCR) and to communicate with your department about the
ability to use this course toward degree requirements. Some departments only permit
S/NC grading for this course. Please check the UCR general catalog for verification
of grading options.
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP
Since an internship is an integral part of the student’s quarter in Washington, DC, it is
extremely important to make it a rewarding experience. In the coming weeks, both the
UCDC Program Office and the UCDC Program Administrator in Washington, DC, will guide
you through a process of identifying and securing a quality internship that will support your
academic, educational and personal goals. The Career Center here at UCR can also be a
wonderful resource in your search.
You will be responsible for researching possible internships, but all of the offices mentioned
above will provide you with the tools and skills necessary for securing the internship that
best fits your needs and desires. Resources will be provided through internet search,
books, binders, databases and counseling services. Career Services staff members are
available to assist you in updating your resume, portfolio, and provide guidance through the
application process. While ultimately it will be your responsibility to secure an internship, all
staff will work very closely with you to help every step of the way.
There are four steps to securing an internship:
Step 1: Planning
Answer as many of these questions as possible to get an idea of the type of
organizations/positions you are interested in:
• What is my mission/purpose for seeking this internship?
• What general subject area/s should the internship be in?
• Do I prefer to work in the private sector or for the government?
• Would a large company or smaller organization be best for me?
• Do I want an organization with a formal mentor program?
• What do I hope to gain from this experience (connections, a future position,
Follow the guidelines listed below and do some research on various organizations:
• Think seriously about your placement choices.
• Keep your choices within a field you have studied and have an interest in
pursuing as a career choice.
Consider what would be a “good fit” for you. To ensure a “good fit,” consider the following:
♣ Do you want to do research for a scholar at a “think tank”?
Are you more comfortable in a larger organization with a
very structured internship program and many students or a
small office with fewer employees?
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP (continued)
♣ Consider that a small office with few employees may assign
you more substantial work than a larger better-known
♣ Keep in Mind that in Washington, DC, your political
orientation or previous political experiences matter. Does
this organization support your political views?
o Special Qualifications or Skills
♣ Do you possess the skills that the organization is
♣ Many Organizations have deadlines for submitting
application materials. Be aware and submit your materials
well in advance of those dates. If you find that a deadline
has passed, call or email for any late application instructions.
o Security and Background Clearance
♣ Some organizations have a lengthy background and security
clearance process. These can take six to nine months and
require advance planning on your part.
Step 2: Implementing
Many organizations require specific application materials.
• Cover Letter – Serves to tell the reader why they should look at your resume
and consider you for the position. A Cover Letter should include three items: 1)
Statement of Purpose, 2) Explanation of Qualifications and 3) Request for a
Response. Cookie-cutter cover letters are not a good idea. Each letter should
be crafted to fit the position you are applying for.
• Resume – Examples are available on line at www.careers.ucr.edu. Once
completed, have a Career Center counselor critique it.
• Application – Use online applications when available or type for a neat
• Letters of Recommendation – Upon your acceptance to the program, the
UCDC Program Office will send you an email containing a pdf copy of the letters
used for acceptance to the UCDC Program along with a letter that confirms that
you will be receiving academic credit for your experience. You can use this to
send to internship sites that request these letters.
• Writing Sample – Examples may include a relevant course or research paper, a
personal statement, or an original work. Remember that this essay is a sample
of your writing. It should reflect your expertise and writing abilities. Take time to
spell check and proofread.
• Transcripts – You can download a transcript request form at
www.registrar.ucr.edu/transcript.html. Official transcripts are issued by the
Registrar’s Office only. The UCDC Program Office has a copy of your official
transcript in your application file. An electronic copy of this transcript will be sent
to you via email. Use this electronic copy to send to internship sites that request
a copy of your transcript. Many times a copy of the official transcript is enough to
satisfy the internship site’s request.
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP (continued)
Step 3: Interviewing
Interviewing tips are available on line at www.careers.ucr.edu. Internship counselors
are also available to help you with phone interviewing techniques. Be sure to
research the company in advance and know what position interests you. Know your
background and experience as it relates to the position you are seeking.
Preparing for the interview:
• Sample questions are on line at www.careers.ucr.edu.
• Use “interview stream” on line www.careers.ucr.edu or in the Career Center
• Does your voice mail message/answering machine message sound
During the interview:
• Do you have a copy of your resume nearby for easy reference?
• Are you in a quiet place with no interruptions or background noise?
• Be enthusiastic, and most importantly, convey good communication skills.
• Stay focused on leadership and maturity skills.
After the interview:
• Send a thank-you note. This can be in the form of an email or a hand-
• Follow up with the interviewer if you have not heard back from them by the
specified period of time.
Step 4: Securing
Once interviews have been conducted and offers have been extended you should
make a decision in a timely manner. Before accepting an offer, you may want to
discuss your options with an internship counselor at the Career Center or one of the
UCDC Program Staff.
• Once you have committed to a site, let all other pending organizations know
that you have accepted a different position. DO NOT continue your search
for an internship.
• Complete the 198I Internship, Permission to Register form. Refer to the
198I instruction sheet for details (page 9 of this handbook).
• Upon arrival and throughout your internship stay, remember that you are
representing UC Riverside and the UCDC Program as well as yourself.
• Be professional in your commitment, behavior and actions.
• Should any problems arise, contact the Program Administrator immediately -
Chantal Quintero, Chantal.Quintero@ucdc.edu.
• Please remember to complete your evaluation forms following the
internship. They serve as a valuable reference for future participants.
198I UCDC Internship Academic Credit
Your Contract with Your Work Location
and Your Academic Department
• Acquire and Accept
• Complete Student
• Complete Agency
• List objectives, job
duties as determined by
• Fax/email this form to
site supervisor, have
him/her sign it, and
fax/email it back.
• Have the UCDC
Program Office sign.
• Go to department from
which you want
academic credit and
• List academic
component required to
BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR DC receive academic credit
as determined by
Acquire ALL signatures
Be sure you have a clear member.
understanding of the following: • List number of units (top
• Job duties section). This cannot
• Academic Requirements be changed after your
• Number of Units arrival in DC.
• How this will meet your • Get remaining
degree requirements signatures:
• Grade type (S/NC or Instructor
letter grade) Dpt. Chair
• Turn in your completed Academic Advisor
forms to the UCDC Dean
Program Office • Turn finalized form in to
the UCDC Program
F INDING AN INTERNSHIP (continued)
BEHAVIOR ON THE JOB IF THE INTERNSHIP IS
The responsibility for the success of your internship falls NOT WORKING FOR
mainly on your shoulders. Your attitude – about your job, YOU…
your employer, and yourself – will be a large determinant Talk to your Program
of your success. You are going to DC to learn actively not Administrator immediately
passively (and of course to have fun). Interns are expected to plan a strategy for
to work with minimal supervision, however, always improvement or change.
remember: When in doubt, ASK! No one expects you to Changes must be cleared
know everything. Better to spend a few minutes asking a through the program before
question or two than to have to redo the entire project. they are implemented.
IMPORTANT POINTS OF ETIQUETTE
• Be courteous –You are not automatically on a first name basis with your supervisor. Don’t use
his/her first name unless you are asked to do so.
• Just because you are an intern does not mean you are entitled to know everything that goes on in the
office. There is a big difference between being nosy and being eager to learn.
• Undoubtedly you have heard of some of the “perks” of being an intern–attending guest speaker
events, conferences, long lunches, etc. Don’t assume that you are entitled to these things.
• You are representing the UCDC program and UCR. Our chances of placing another intern in
the organization depend greatly on your behavior and performance. You are entitled to have your
own personality, but remember who you are, why you came to Washington, DC, and what/who you
• Although employers are happy to have you, don’t expect to be greeted with cries of joy. Also, don’t
be ashamed if you are assigned lots of photocopying your first week. Like everyone else, you will
have to prove yourself and show initiative before being given more substantial work.
• In most offices, everyone has to do some “grunt work,” and your supervisor will not be pleased
when you assert special immunity from administrative-type tasks. If after a sufficient amount of
time you are still asked to make copies, don’t waste your time being upset—approach your
supervisor and ask for more responsibilities. If things don’t improve after some time and effort, talk
to one of the UCDC program staff. In any event—don’t do anything drastic.
• If you’re working on the Hill, you will learn that DC has many of its own computer programs.
Some of your managers will have already signed you up to attend classes when you go to your first
day of work. Make sure you ask about the computer system and if there are any classes you can
attend. This is extremely important because if you are familiar with the programs, you will get
things completed a lot faster.
• Use professional courtesy. If you make a commitment, stick to it. If you must break an
appointment or a commitment, inform the coordinator of the event or your supervisor in advance of
the change. The organization is counting on you and you should take the commitment seriously
even if you are not being paid for your time.
• Using personal technology while on the job should be avoided. Use your breaks or lunch to check
your personal email or texts. Switch your phone off or to silent during work hours. Even if your
supervisor tells you it is ok to use your phone while at work, be mindful of how often you use it.
• If you hear about guest speakers or scheduled tours you would like to attend, make sure to
ask your manager ahead of time for the time off. He/she will most likely be flexible about it, but
you should not make it a habit of putting your supervisor on the spot the morning you want to do
something unless it is something you just heard about. Don’t be afraid to ask for time off for
academic activities. You are in DC to earn academic credit and your supervisor will most likely
• Remember that you will reap out of your internship what you put into it!
THE INTERNSHIP – DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Clothes for Work:
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Blouses, skirts, dresses, and suits are the • Ask before you pack
“norm” in DC. Since you will inevitably do a lot your bags! Find out
about the organization’s
of walking, you should wear comfortable shoes.
Break in your shoes BEFORE you leave. If you • If you still aren’t sure
are wearing heels, be sure to bring a pair of about the dress code,
flats or tennis shoes to change in and out of on dress up on your first
your way to and from work as you may have to day and then observe
walk short or long distances on your commute. how others are dressed.
This sounds silly but everyone does it! • Business casual is
Remember to bring a bag big enough to put more business than
your flats in when you change into your heels. casual. Business casual
As for fashion, the tone in DC is rather for men is slacks and a
conservative. Remember to use common dress shirt. For women,
sense: miniskirts, sleeveless shirts and flared business casual can be
pants are not appropriate. Nylons are the a nice pair of pants and
norm, but some places do not require them. a dress shirt.
• Business wear means
If you need to purchase new clothes, there are suits and dress shirts
many stores located near the UC Washington (and ties for men), but
Center on Connecticut Avenue: Ann Taylor, when it doubt ask.
Ann Taylor Loft, Talbot's, Filene’s Basement, • Even if your supervisor
and the Gap, Macy's has a store located near tells you that the dress
Metro Center. H & M is located at 1025 F code is business casual,
Street, NW, which is also near Metro Center. you should bring one
(See page 36 for more shopping suggestions.) suit for special events.
Men AIR CONDITIONING
Work clothes for men are standard - nice Many offices are over-cooled,
slacks, shirt with coat and tie. Although most so make sure to bring a
men walk in offices with their jackets on, some sweater or jacket to wear
prefer to take them off when there are no indoors if needed
meetings scheduled. Filene's Basements sells
good quality inexpensive ties, nice quality shirts BREAK IN YOUR SHOES
and suits at reasonable prices. Three Day Suit You will do a lot more walking
Broker is another option located in California. in DC than you do in
Men’s Warehouse is a bit more pricey, but it is California. Your shoes
should be comfortable as well
always a safe choice (one is located in DC on
Connecticut Ave. near the Center).
Clothes for Recreation:
Although Washington, DC is a very conservatively dressed city, recreation/casual
clothes are not much different from the Riverside/Orange County/LA Areas.
RESOURCES FOR YOUR SEARCH
1) UCR internship page: www.ucdc.ucr.edu/internships.html
2) UCI internship page: www.dccenter.uci.edu/program/internships.
3) UCSD internship database: http://career.ucsd.edu/L3/sa/Washington.shtml
4) UCLA internship database: www.cappp.ucla.edu/
8) Idealist.org (search for opportunities in Washington, DC)
9) Craigslist.org (select Washington, DC, and then key in “internships” in
the job link)
Robert T. Matsui UC Congressional Fellowships and Writing Prizes
If you are considering an internship placement on Capitol Hill, the Center has
partnered with the Robert T. Matsui Foundation for Public Service to offer fellowships
to students interested in public service. Awards are made each quarter to a number of
UC students who have or will be securing a placement on Capitol Hill. Interested
students are asked to submit an application, resume and cover letter and a short
essay. More information about the deadlines to submit your materials can be found on
the UCDC website at www.ucdc.edu/students/rtm_fellow.cfm or the Matsui
Foundation’s website at http://www.rtmfoundation.org/.
Students can also submit an essay entry during their quarter in residence to be
considered for the Matsui Writing Competition. The Foundation offers three awards.
Students who wish to reflect on their experiences in public service and their UCDC
internship experiences are invited to apply.
Other Internship Search Resources
The UCDC program staff will provide many resources for you in your search for an
internship. You’ll be placed on an email list, which will provide leads for you directly
from the Washington Center. There are internship research binders in the UCDC
program office that are updated weekly with internship announcements and leads.
We also have a Washington, DC directory of representatives that you can use to
research opportunities and organizations in the DC area. Of course, UCR’s UCDC
web site has many leads for you to peruse as well – particularly helpful is information
about the students who have participated in the program with links directly to the sites
where they interned.
You may also choose to use the Career Center for help with your internship search.
The resource room in the Career Center contains many directories and internship
postings to assist you. There are also computer terminals available for your use.
THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM -
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I do if my department doesn’t offer an internship course?
Contact the UCDC Program Office (951-827-2634) immediately to discuss possible
options. Since you won’t be working with your major department, the process of
acquiring academic credit for your internship will take additional effort on your part.
How do I find out who handles the internships in my department?
Check with the student affairs advisor in your department. Some departments have a
specific faculty member who coordinates all of the internships in the department.
Other departments require that you locate a faculty member who is willing to oversee
your internship course work. Remember, it is your responsibility to find out ahead of
time what your department requires.
What are the guidelines to receive academic credit for an internship?
Under no circumstances will credit be given for the internship experience alone. The
essential criterion for one unit credit is one hour of academic work plus two or more
hours of field work per week. The faculty member with whom you will work
establishes the academic work component of the course.
How do I decide which plan is best for me?
As soon as possible, meet with your academic advisor about how the UCDC
curriculum will meet your academic goals and degree requirements. You will want to
enroll in courses and number of units that are the best match for you.
Some things to consider:
What am I trying to accomplish with my course work while in DC?
-meet major requirements? -acquire units for graduation?
-enhance my graduate school application? -complete a research project?
-have time to see the sites and experience the culture?
The 198I Individual Internship course is a variable unit course. Find out if and how
many of the units can be used toward your major.
What is the difference between the course load if I take the internship for 4 or 8
units? Academic credit is awarded based on the academic workload, not just for
showing up for work. Most internship sites require a 20-32 hour workweek (the UCDC
program requires at least 24 hours per week). If your employer is requiring a 32-hour
workweek, perhaps you will want to negotiate more units.
Do any of the offered elective courses meet my major requirements, give me
needed elective units toward graduation, or simply interest me?
In some cases, you may not be able to receive credit toward graduation or major
requirements for the elective course you take in the UCDC program. In the UCDC
program you’ll be working AND taking courses, so you want to choose something that
will enhance your experience. Pick something that will hold your interest throughout
the quarter. This is an academic program and you will be expected to take it
THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM -
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (continued)
How do I get enrolled in my next quarter’s classes while I’m in DC?
The schedule of classes is on line at www.registrar.ucr.edu. PIN numbers are
available from your student affairs officer in your department on the UCR
campus. Please contact your department for more information.
WORDS OF CAUTION!
• Familiarize yourself with the individuals (faculty, administrators, etc.)
who need to sign-off on your forms - office hours and office location,
and contact information (phone, fax, email).
• Once you acquire your internship, start on the paperwork
IMMEDIATELY. There are SEVEN signatures you will need to complete
the 198I form. Acquiring these signatures means that you have to
coordinate with SEVEN individuals and their schedules.
• You may find that there is a very small amount of time between the day
you accept your internship and the day you leave for DC. It is important
to take care of completing your paperwork BEFORE you leave for the
East Coast, as it will be extremely difficult to do once you get to
• Don’t expect the Program Administrator and/or the UCDC staff to take
care of completing your UCR paperwork. You are solely responsible for
making sure that all your paperwork is submitted on time and in good
• Be sure to include the NUBMER OF UNITS you wish to receive for your
internship course on the form. Enrollment in the course will be based
on the information on the form and it is your responsibility to be sure it is
• SENIORS—Be sure that you are aware of your graduation application
deadlines since they may occur while you are in DC. The last thing you
want is for your graduation quarter to be postponed because you forgot
to file your application.
ESTIMATED QUARTERLY BUDGET
ESTIMATED TOTAL EXPENSES BUDGET YOUR MONEY!
UCR Fees* $4,536.00
Housing at the Center* 2,800.00 Save money by packing a
Food 1,000.00 lunch ($6-10 per day).
Books & Supplies 300.00
Personal Costs 700.00 Go to happy hour (if you
Roundtrip Airfare to D.C. 450.00 are 21 or older) and
Transportation in D.C. 500.00 capitalize on inexpensive
Total Estimated Costs $10,286.00 bar food!
*based on estimated expenses
Take enough money to last you for the first few days Banks near the UC Washington
until you start to establish the type of banking that you Center - NO Wells Fargo or
are going to have. Many businesses will not take out-of- Washington Mutual Banks or
town checks; so don’t rely on your checks from the West ATMs available in DC.
Coast. Also, out-of-state checks are frequently held for
five days if deposited into a DC bank. You have the Bank of America – ATM
following options: 1201 16th St., NW
1710 M St., NW
ATMs Most banks have ATM locations in the city 1612 K St., NW
except for Wells Fargo and Washington Mutual. It will P St., NW & Dupont Circle
not be possible to do any in person banking in DC if you Citibank – Branch and ATM
are a member of these banks -- so you should consider 1225 Connecticut Ave., NW
opening an account at another bank such as Bank of 1000 Connecticut Ave., NW
America, PNC, Chase, Wachovia or other. Look on the 1000 Vermont Ave., NW
back of your card for the icons to make sure that your
card is compatible with the Cirrus, Plus or other PNC Bank – 24 Hour ATM
systems. Remember that you will be subject to fees 1600 Rhode Island Ave., NW
when accessing an ATM from a different bank. An 1444 Rhode Island Ave., NW
ATM machine is located in the lobby of the UC Wachovia – Branch and ATM
Washington Center ($1.50 service charge). 1447 P St., NW
1300 Connecticut Ave., NW
You can get cash back at the grocery store, pharmacy, Chevy Chase Bank – Branch and
and other locations that give cash back without charging ATM
a fee. Ask your bank about this option. 1100 17th St., NW
1800 M St., NW
Open an Account at a local DC bank. Do not tell a
Sun Trust – Branch and ATM
bank employee that you plan to stay in the area for only
20th and K St., NW
3 months because you might be subject to a higher
monthly fee. Bring checks from home to
pay for UC Washington
Sign up for Direct Deposit for any financial aid that Center excursions or pay
you are expecting. This way you won’t have to wait for with a credit card. No cash
a check and then have to figure out how/where to
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
As a participant in the UC Washington Center Program you must have health
insurance coverage during your stay in Washington, DC. We strongly
recommend that you take care of routine medical and dental check ups before
arriving in DC. Bring copies of current prescriptions so that they can be filled in
local pharmacies or ask your doctor about a lengthier supply of medication.
Copies of your eyeglass prescription may also come in handy in case your
glasses or contacts break or get lost. You may be asked to provide medical
emergency information (allergies, blood type, known medical conditions, etc.) as
well as emergency contact information by your internship organization. Be sure
to bring this information with you.
Many students obtain health insurance coverage through their family policy.
Students not covered by their family policy must purchase an undergraduate
student health insurance plan (USHIP) through the Campus Health Center.
Questions about the USHIP should be directed to the Campus Health Center at
951-827-3031 or online at campushealth.ucr.edu/insurance.
IF YOU GET SICK IN DC
UCR Health Insurance
If you have USHIP and you are experiencing health problems, call 1-800-877-
1444 or go to www.renaissance-inc.com to locate a doctor or medical provider in
the DC area. You will need to present your student identification card (you can
print a card at www.renaissance-inc.com/ucru/idcard). You should not be asked
to pay any fees out of pocket for the medical consultation or service provided,
however if you are asked it will be minimal depending on the type of services
provided. Immediately following the appointment, you will need to file a claims
request directly with Personal Insurance Administrators, Inc. (UCR’s medical
insurance provider). To obtain a claims form or if you have questions regarding
filing a claim, contact 1-800-468-4343 or www.piaclaims.com.
For detailed information, access the UCR Campus Health Center web site at
www.campushealth.ucr.edu or call 951-827-5683.
Non-UCR Health Insurance
If you have your own health insurance plan, make sure you know what to do if
you need medical attention. There is a list or hospitals and clinics on page 37 of
Remember to take copies of
insurance information with
you such as your insurance
card and 1-800-numbers!
All students are required to participate for the entire length of the UCDC program
from the check-in date through the departure date. Students wishing to arrive in
DC prior to the check-in date or stay longer than the departure date should
inquire with the Program Administrator. Extended stays may be possible on a
A MANDATORY Housing Orientation will take place shortly after you arrive at
the Center (details are available on the UCDC web site at www.ucdc.ucr.edu and
also in the residential brochure provided at the first campus group meeting), in
the Multipurpose Rooms on the first floor. There is a $50 fine imposed if you do
not attend this orientation.
Normal check in times are between 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. on the first check-in day or
between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the second check-in day of the week you arrive in
DC. Specific dates are available at www.ucdc.ucr.edu. You will be required to
show your student ID for identification purposes when you check in to the UC
Washington Center. If you decide to come to DC before the arrival date specified
by the program, you will need to make alternate arrangements (e.g. stay in a
hotel). You will receive your room key and more information about life at the
Center upon check-in. Roommate assignments will not be confirmed until your
arrival at the Center.
A MANDATORY Academic Orientation will take place shortly after you arrive at
the Center (details are available on the UCDC web site at www.ucdc.ucr.edu).
The Academic Orientation provides an excellent opportunity for you to get to
know the other students in the Washington program from the other UC
campuses. You will also be introduced to the Washington Center faculty and
A MANDATORY Campus Orientation will take place shortly after you arrive at
the Center (details are available on the UCDC web site at www.ucdc.ucr.edu).
There, you will receive more information about the UCR UCDC program,
Washington, DC’s metropolitan area and many tips on how to make your
experience in DC a successful one.
All students will be required to sign a work plan at the beginning of the program,
which serves as an agreement between you and your supervisor in regard to the
number of hours worked at the internship each week, the tasks/responsibilities
assigned, direct reports, etc.
All students will also be required to sign a participation agreement at the
beginning of the program. It is important that students conduct themselves
seriously and responsibly, both in academic matters and in their personal
composure. Please remember that you are representing UCR as well as yourself
at all times.
THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER
Each apartment is fully furnished and has its own kitchen supplied with dishes, glasses,
cutlery, pots and pans, etc. Other accessories provided include: clock radio (one per
bedroom), iron, ironing board, shower curtain and bathmat. Students are required to
provide their own bedding and towels. Some students send bedding bundles ahead
through the mail, but most find it easier to purchase the items upon arrival. Target is close
as well as Bed, Bath and Beyond. For more information about shopping, see page 36 of
Limited cleaning service is provided in your apartment once a week. This includes cleaning
the bathroom, mopping the kitchen floor and vacuuming the living room. Your space must
be tidy in order for this service to be performed. If the cleaning service comes and finds
your space too messy, your apartment will be skipped. Vacuums can be borrowed from the
Residential Life Office to vacuum your bedroom or other areas as needed.
The Student Computer Lab is on the third floor. Students have access to this room 24
hours a day. The printers operate via a pay-for-print service. A copier is also available for
a fee. Your Web/Laundry Card (which you’ll receive when you check-in) allows you to use
this service to pay for any printing you will need to do throughout the quarter. Students are
encouraged to bring their own laptop computers, as the computer lab tends to get quite
crowded the last two weeks of the quarter.
The UC Washington Center requires that all computers connecting to the Center’s network
be registered before being granted access to network resources including the Internet. You
will also be required to have some form of virus protection software installed on your
computer. This not only protects the integrity of the UCDC network, but also ensures that
the center is in compliance with the University’s implementation of the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA). Each bedside is equipped with a network jack for your personal
computer, but you will need to bring your own Ethernet cable in order to connect. The
handout you will receive upon check-in will explain how you can register your computer.
More information is available at www.ucdc.edu/wo/pcreg.cfm. UCR students, faculty and
staff may download virus protection by accessing UCR’s Computing web site at
http://www.cnc.ucr.edu/security/. Wireless network access is available on the first, second
and eleventh floor of the UC Washington Center only.
There is an exercise center located on the fourth floor with a treadmill, stair climber,
lifecycle and small universal weight set. This room is available for your use 24 hours a day.
You may wish to explore student membership rates at the YMCA located across the street
from the Center if the exercise center does not suit your needs.
Each bedroom has one wardrobe per person (41” wide by 66” high by 24” deep, with a 19”
high cabinet at the top) and there is a small hallway closet in the apartment. The beds
have 4 drawers underneath for storage. You might want to bring luggage that is collapsible
since there is no additional storage space available in the building for your luggage.
THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER
There will be four individuals (2 in each bedroom) per apartment. Each
apartment is fully furnished. The living room has a couch, a coffee table, a dining
table and chairs, and a television with a DVD player. Each bedroom has extra
long twin captain’s beds (drawers under the bed) a wardrobe, and desk with a
bookshelf. There is a fully equipped kitchen with dishes, pots, pans, utensils and
If you have any questions about the apartments, contact the Residential Life
Services Office at 202-974-6215.
THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER
Four individuals of the same gender will share each apartment. As a campus we
do our best to make assignments as requested, but they are not guaranteed
and often changes are made by the Center’s Residential Staff. We encourage
you to consider the possibility of rooming with students from other UC campuses.
Successful Apartment Living
Communication is the key to successful apartment living and interactions
of all kinds. Always strive to keep communication channels open. Chances are
that if something is bothering you, it is bothering your roommates as well. Be
honest and tactful when discussing your feelings with your roommates. If you
find it difficult to express your feelings or are frustrated by the responses that you
are getting, ask your Community Assistant (CA) for help. The CA is trained to
assist you in creating a dialogue with your roommates.
If you and your roommates are having difficulties that cannot be resolved,
continue to discuss the situation with your CA -- each CA is assigned to work
with students on specific floors, so find out who is your CA shortly after you arrive
at the Center. The CA will help you identify new ways to approach the problem.
If a change is deemed necessary, the CA will make a recommendation to the
Senior Residential Advisor. The Senior Residential Advisor will meet with you
and your roommates to assess the situation and make a final determination
regarding the change. Changes are often difficult to make because the Center is
full, so keep in mind that it may be necessary for you to continue to work on the
issue to resolve it without a roommate change. This may involve drawing up a
contract that sets parameters and boundaries designed to help alleviate tensions
and differences, and make it easier for all four roommates to live together for the
remainder of the quarter/ term.
Residential Life must keep an accurate roster of apartment assignments,
therefore a $100 fine for unauthorized room changes and disciplinary action
(including removal to another bedroom) will be assessed. The University
reserves the sole right during the term of your housing contract to reassign
resident to other apartment spaces, assign new roommates or consolidate
vacancies (see housing contract for specific information).
Counseling Services are available at the
Center at specific drop-in hours. More infor-
mation will be communicated to you when you
attend the residential orientation. See page
37 of this handbook for contact info.
THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER
Laundry rooms are available for residents’ use on floors 4, 6, and 10. Machines are operated
with card access ($1 per wash/$1 per dry cycle). You will receive a Web/Laundry Card when you
check-in to the building. You can recharge the card using a specially marked machine in the
lobby of the Center (machine accepts cash only).
More detailed information regarding the use of the Center’s facilities will be provided at the
Mandatory Housing Orientation. The Student Handbook for Residential Living can be found at
http://www.ucdc.edu/students/reslife_handbook.pdf, with detailed information regarding policies
and regulations of the use of the Center’s facilities, all of which will be discussed at the Housing
Your address while living at the Center will be:
UC Washington Center
Your Name Here
1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW 4th Floor, Box _______
Washington, DC 20036
Your box number is the same number as your apartment and will not be provided until you
arrive. If you are mailing anything prior to your arrival, you can use the above address without the
box number. DO NOT mail anything to the building until three days prior to your arrival. Put
your name on the box followed by: c/o Chantal Quintero, UCR Program Administrator, Room
341. Also, please be aware that the post office does NOT forward mail sent to the UC
Washington Center, so remember to make a change of address before leaving the Center at the
end of the quarter. All mail and packages will be sent back to the sender after your departure.
You are welcome to have guests, but you and your guests must adhere to the guest/visitation
policy outlined in the UCDC Resident Handbook (www.ucdc.edu/students/reslife.cfm). All
guests must check-in at the Security Desk (see Guest Behavior) and you must be able to
account for their whereabouts at all times. Guests will not be issued keys or cards to the building
and must present a valid ID when asked. Overnight guests are allowed, but you must have the
permission of your apartment mates to have guest/s stay with you. Each one of you has a right to
privacy and to say “no.” You must also pay a one time $20 guest fee to the Residence Life
Office. You are responsible for the behavior of your guests at all times and you will be held
accountable for their actions. If there are problems caused by the guest or if your apartment
mates are unaware of a guest coming to stay and have not given their approval, your guest will
be asked to leave the premises and your future guest privileges may be revoked. For a full
explanation of the guest policy, please access the Residential Life Handbook at
Hotel Accommodations near the UC Washington Center (both offer discounts for UC guests,
please inquire at numbers listed below):
Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row (located beside the Center)
1600 Rhode Island Ave., Washington, DC 20036
Reservations: (202) 293-8000 or (800) 321-2211, www.courtyardembassyrow.com
The Beacon Hotel (located across the street from the Center)
1615 Rhode Island Ave., Washington, DC 20036
Reservations: (202) 296-2100, www.capitalhotelswdc.com/BeaconHotelWDC_com/
THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER
Items to Purchase or Bring with You
Linens and Towels and Pillows
You will need to bring your own bath towels, pillows and also sheets for an extra-
long twin bed. Bed linens, bedspreads, pillows, and towels are NOT
provided. Some students send bedding bundles ahead through the mail, but
most find it easier to purchase the items upon arrival. Target is close as well as
Bed, Bath and Beyond. For more information about shopping, see pages 31, 36,
or 39 of this handbook.
Hangers, toilet paper, paper towels and other personal items are not provided.
Consider bringing plastic or thin wire hangers that you can leave behind after
your stay. There is a CVS pharmacy located two blocks from the building (17th
St. and P St., NW) for your convenience.
Most students choose to use their cell phones while in DC. Do check with your
service provider before arriving in DC to be sure calls made from/received in the
DC area are covered in your plan.
Telephones are available in the elevator lobby of each residential floor for local
calls. Long distance calls may be made by using a calling card. Local
pharmacies, post offices and/or Costco stores sell calling cards at good rates.
Consider bringing a few snacks in
case the grocery store is closed
when you get to the Center (vending
machines are located on
floors 1, 4, and 10).
Also a roll of toilet paper will come
in handy. There will be NO toilet
paper in your room when you
THINGS TO BRING:
1. Student ID – you’ll need to show your campus ID to check-in at the Center.
2. California ID – if you intend to go to a bar or club, a school ID will not be
3. Calling Card –need this to call long distance from the landlines in the
4. Costco Card – there is a Costco in Arlington, VA (METRO: Pentagon City).
You’ll have to carry everything back unless you take a cab or bring a cart
(available at the Center), but it may be good for items you want to purchase
at reduced prices. It is NOT recommended that you buy a Costco
membership if you don’t already have one.
5. Umbrella – a big strong one and/or a compact one to carry in your bag.
6. Camera – you’ll want to document everything you see and do.
7. Shoes/Clothing – for work and for play. You will be doing a lot of walking
and comfortable shoes and clothing are essential.
8. Laptop, I-Pod, MP3 Players, CD/DVD player, etc. – for obvious reasons.
9. Ethernet Cable – to hook up to the wired internet service at the Center.
10. Hangers – plastic or thin wire ones that you can leave behind.
11. Twin Extra-Long Sheets – like the ones you used in the dorms. The center
does NOT provide bedspreads, linens, pillows or towels – you will need to
ship them ahead, bring them with you, or buy them once you arrive.
12. Toilet Paper – for that first night you arrive in DC. The Center does not
provide toilet paper and you may not have time to buy any when you arrive
and/or before your internship starts.
13. Credit card and/or Checkbook – so you can pay for trips and fun activities
planned throughout the quarter. The Center does not accept cash!
DOS and DON’TS:
DO make plans and be realistic about what you can see and do while in DC.
DO read up on the Metro rail /Metro bus system – it’s easy and comfortable to ride
DO be cautious about safety tips. Like travel in any metropolitan city, certain
precautions are warranted. Travel only in well-lit areas after dark (cabs are a good
idea if you are not close to your destination).
DO carry your purse or bag close to your body, not swinging from your arm.
DO take advantage of the many free concerts and events at various locations
throughout the city.
DON’T display cash openly.
DON’T bring a car. The DC area is traffic-filled, has limited parking, parking is VERY
expensive, and parallel parking is the norm. Plan to walk or take public
DON’T stand to the left of the escalators entering or exiting metro stations unless you
are actively walking up the escalator steps. Always stand to the right!
DON’T walk alone at night.
THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER
STUDENT CONDUCT GROUP EXCURSIONS
UC Washington Center The student activities coordinator for the UC
events are intended to Washington Center plans group activities and
sightseeing trips each quarter in conjunction
enhance students’ with students from other UC campuses.
experiences while in DC,
You are encouraged to participate in these
whether for educational, activities, which are generally less expensive
cultural or social reasons. than individual excursions and will allow you
to visit interesting places with other students
Students are expected to act from the Center.
appropriately at all times.
If you have ideas or recommendations about
places to go and things to do, please contact
ALCOHOL POLICY Alverta Scott at email@example.com.
The legal drinking age in DC Activities sign-up takes place online prior to
your arrival in DC and continues throughout
is 21. UC Policy prohibits the
the quarter. Information about the quarter’s
consumption of alcohol by activities will be communicated to you a few
minors at UC events. Any UC weeks prior to your arrival in DC – more
information can be found online at
student guilty of misconduct http://www.ucdc.edu/events_reg/register.cfm.
involving alcohol will be You’ll be able to pay by credit card or check/
money order. All activities (paid or unpaid)
subject to disciplinary action. are booked on a first-come first-served basis.
Sample “paid” activities include:
The UC Washington Center is - Trips to Philadelphia (PA),
Gettysburg (MD), Annapolis, (MD),
a non-smoking building! Richmond (VA), Charlottesville (VA)
Cigarette smoking may only - Sporting events, tickets to the
Wizards, the Nationals, and/ or the
take place on the terrace
located on the fourth floor of - Kennedy Center plays, musicals and
the building. ABSOLUTELY concerts
NO SMOKING IS Sample “free” activities:
- Guided tours: State Department,
PERMITTED IN THE
Pentagon, Washington Post, CNN
APARTMENTS. tapings of “On The Story”
THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER
Below is an area map. More information about the city and nearby resources
(e.g. retail stores, metro transportation, etc.) will also be shared with you in the
various orientations you’ll attend during your first days at the Center. It would
also be prudent to purchase a map prior to your arrival in DC. If you are a
member of AAA, you are able to get maps from any AAA office for free.
GETTING TO THE CENTER:
The three major airports in the area are BWI
(Maryland), Washington National (DC) and Dulles
(Virginia). The best way to get to the Center from
any of these airports is to take a Super Shuttle. Call
(800) BLUE VAN (258-3826) or go to
www.supershuttle.com for updated pricing. IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Super Shuttle: If you encounter any
BWI - $37 for one, $12 per add’l person
problems on the way to the
Dulles - $29 for one, $10 per add’l person
Washington Nat’l - $14 for one, $10 per add’l person UC Washington Center,
Taxi (approximate fares):
BWI – approximately $72 including tip Chantal Quintero
Dulles – approximately $59 including tip (UCR Program
Washington Nat’l – approximately $17 including tip Administrator)
Additional fees may apply for each piece of luggage
and each additional passenger.
Metro rail: 202-974-6215
It is also possible to take the Metro (Yellow line) Security Desk
from Washington National, or Dulles (bus+metro)
however if you have a lot of luggage, it may be
easier to take a taxi or shuttle. Main Reception
A private vendor operated by the National Park Service offering narrated tours with same-
day unlimited re-boarding privileges. Tickets are available at Arlington Cemetery or can
be purchased from the driver. Call (202) 554-5100 or got to www.tourmobile.com for
current price, times, and information.
There are more than 7,000 licensed cabs in Washington, DC. Check to be certain that
the license (complete with photograph) is prominently displayed. Taxis in DC operate
on a meter system, however please note that additional charges may apply.
Baggage handling is an extra fee. There will also be charges for additional passengers
and travel during rush hour. Please make sure you ask the driver what the fare will be
before you being your trip. Taxis in Virginia and Maryland also use meters. Calculate
approximate fares at taxifarefinder.com.
To get a cab: Hail one on the street OR call one of the numbers listed below. Hotels
(next door and across the street from the Center) are good places to find a cab.
Yellow Cab of DC Diamond Cab
TRANSPORTATION: METRO RAIL / METRO BUS
IN THE DISTRICT
METRO RAIL the web site at www.wmata.com. Fares start at a
base amount and increase during rush hour. (Peak
Metro rail is convenient, safe, clean, air- times: 5:00-9:30 a.m., 3:00-7:00 p.m., and 2:00am
conditioned, and it operates 7 days a week. It is to closing). To enter the metro train platform, you’ll
the “key” to transportation in DC!
need to purchase a farecard*. The machines take
No food or drinks are allowed on the Metro. nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills up to $20. They
Hours: also accept debit/credit cards. The machines will
- Mon. – Thurs. (5 a.m. - midnight) give you change back from the farecard amount
- Fri. (5 a.m. – 3 a.m.) you select, but – beware – change comes out in
- Sat. (7 a.m.- 3 a.m.) coins. (*Farecards are made of white cardboard
- Sun. (7 a.m. - midnight) and can bend easily. If bent, the card may
become inactive. You’ll need to see the station
Check the station kiosk before you leave to attendant if your card is rejected.)
make sure you know when the last train
departs that station in the evening. Depending There are many different types of passes (one day
on where the station is in the system, the last passes, short trip passes, fast passes, etc.) so
train could come through well before midnight make a careful decision about the one that is best
and leave you stranded if you miss it. for you. More information is available at
Metrorail stations are identified by tall brown SmarTrip Card is a permanent, plastic
columns with a large “M” on each side. The rechargeable farecard that can hold up to $300 in
columns also have stripes around the top
Metrorail, Metrobus and Metro parking value (not a
indicating which lines run through that station:
good idea to put so much money on it). The card
blue, green, orange, red or yellow. is embedded with a computer chip that keeps track
METROBUS of the value of the card – the initial cost to get the
card is about $5, however there are many benefits
Metro buses thoroughly supplement the rail to be derived. Using the SmarTrip card will save
system. You can take a bus to virtually anywhere you time as you enter and exit the stations. You
in the area you want to go. Bus route information simply need to touch the card to the circular target
can be obtained by going to www.wmata.com and panels inside the stations (instead of inserting a
using the “metro trip planner” or by calling (202) fare card through the Metro rail fare gate slot).
637-7000. SmarTrip cards can also be used in the Metro
buses. Cards can also be purchased online and
DC CIRCULATOR at CVS stores.
These red buses run continuously between Union
Station and Georgetown from 7 am to 9 pm daily There are smart phone apps available that provide
with later ours on weekends. The fare is $1.00 information about schedules, maps, and fares in
each way. It is the best way to get to Georgetown DC. Search for DC Metro in your app store.
from the Center (bus stop at the corner of 16th St.,
The closest metro stops to the UC Washington
& K St., NW). Go to www.dccirculator.com for
Dupont Circle (South exit) – walk straight down
Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The Center will be
Take the Georgetown University Transportation
on your right side at Scott Circle.
Shuttle (GUTS) at 20th St., NW and Massachusetts
Ave., NW. It is free of charge, but you will have to Farragut North (L St. exit) – exit the Metro and turn
show your student ID upon boarding. More info left. Walk one block to 17th Street. Turn left on
and schedule: 17th Street and go three blocks to Rhode Island
http://otm.georgetown.edu/guts/index.cfm?fuse=dup Avenue. Turn right and the Center is the second
building on the right.
METRO FARE Farragut West (17th and I St. exit) - walk up
Connecticut Avenue and make a left on Rhode
Your fare is based on the distance and time of your Island Avenue. Go past 17th St. and the Center
travel and fares are constantly changing. The best will be on the right hand side.
way to educate yourself about the Metro is to use
C A R R E N T A L
A car is convenient for weekend road trips. Alamo BIKE Sharing:
During the week, traffic is horrible and gas 877-222-9075 Check out Capital
prices are very expensive. By comparison, www.alamo.com Bikeshare at
the city turns into a “ghost town” on the www.capitalbikeshare.
Avis com. You can check
800-230-4898 out a bike from any
Shop around, if you want to rent a car. Terms www.avis.com station in DC or
and prices vary among companies (age 25 is Arlington, VA and
the standard). It is cheaper to rent a car return it to any station
outside DC – in Virginia or Maryland. Make near your destination.
advance reservations with a credit card. Membership fees vary.
Enterprise Bike helmets are NOT
Zipcar – www.zipcar.com has cars
800- 261-7331 included.
available for hourly rentals all over the
city starting at $7.00/hour (includes cost of
gas and insurance). UC students can Thrifty Closest docking
become members for $35/year. There are 800- 367-2277 stations to the Center:
two Zipcars parked out in front of the www.thrifty.com
UCDC Center at Scott Circle and over 200 15th & P NW
in the DC area. Zipcar is available ZIPCAR 14th & Rhode Island
nationwide as well as on the UCR campus. www.zipcar.com Ave NW
EAST COAST SHUTTLES
USAirways Delta Airlines Southwest Jet Blue
www.usairways.com www.delta.com www.southwest.com www.jetblue.com
800-428-4322 800-221-1212 800-435-9792 800-538-2583
All of these companies offer air shuttle service to Boston, New York City and other East Coast cities.
Contact them for schedules and fares. Flights leave from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) for
US Airways and Delta; Dulles Airport (IAD) for Jet Blue, and Baltimore (BWI) Airport for Southwest.
AMTRAK – 800-USA-RAIL (872-7245) – www.amtrak.com
Amtrak is one of the most convenient ways to get around on the East Coast. Trains leave from Union
Station, which is easily accessible by Metro (Red Line: Union Station). Amtrak offers “quiet cars” to
customers who do not want to be bothered by by cell phone users. If you do not wish to use the quiet
car, be sure not to sit in this section.
MARC TRAIN – 800-325-RAIL (325-7245) – www.mtamaryland.com
The MARC train is an inexpensive way to travel to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Camden Yards, and to
BWI Airport. Trains leave from Union Station and New Carrollton METRO stations.
B U S E S
If traveling by train or airplane is out of your budget, consider taking a bus. There are several companies
offering travel from DC to NYC for a low fare. Many offer free wi-fi, convenient online ticketing, and
multiple pick-up/drop off stops in the city.
Greyhound Vamoose Bus Bolt Bus
www.greyhound.com www.vamoosebus.com www.boltbus.com
800- 231-2222 877-393-2828 877-BOLTBUS
Peter Pan Megabus Washington Deluxe Bus
www.peterpanbus.com www.megabus.com/us www.washny.com
800-237-8747 877-462-6342 866-287-6932
ABOUT WASHINGTON, DC
Washington, DC is a city unlike most California
cities. It is compact and it has a safe and reliable
public transit system. You will enjoy your stay if
you come prepared for a new experience, if you
accept the fact that you will need to live without a
car for a few months, and if you keep your mind
open and alert.
Washington is a terrifically interesting place.
Work hard, but be sure to take advantage of being
in the nation’s capital. Explore all that you can!
YOUR GUIDE TO CITY LAYOUT
“DC VOCABULARY’ Washington is the best American example of the
Beltway - an interstate highway that Baroque city design, popular in the 18th century. It is
circles the DC/ Maryland/ Virginia divided into four quadrants: Northwest, Northeast,
area. The word is used frequently to Southwest and Southeast. North Capitol Street
denote a DC “mindset” or “attitude”. divides the NW from the NE. East Capitol Street
For example: “I live inside the divides NE from SE and South Capitol Street divides
beltway.” SE from SW. The Mall divides NW from SW. The
Capitol building acts as a “bull’s eye for DC.”
The Post – refers to The Washington
Post. DC has another paper called “The In each quadrant, streets running north-south are
numbered (1st Street, 2nd Street, etc.) and the east-
Washington Times” but it is generally
west streets correspond to letters of the alphabet (A
referred to as such. Both companies
Street through W Street, but there is no “J” Street).
publish a free daily tabloid highlighting Diagonal avenues are named for states.
the day’s news – Express is a
subsidiary of the Post, and the The It is very important to know in which quadrant
Examiner is affiliated with the Times. buildings are located, as there is, for example, a 1608
Rhode Island Ave. in the NW and NE quadrants.
The Hill - Originally described by Most of your business and other activities will
Pierre Longhand as a “pedestal waiting occur in the NW, the largest of the quadrants.
for a monument”, this eastern most side
Tip to help you navigate the city and find the
of the Mall is where the U.S. Capitol
location of an address: First, look at the first two
sits. numbers of the address, then look at the Street letter
The Mall - Stretch of land that goes and you’ll be able to identify the nearest intersection/
from the Capitol to the Washington cross streets. For example, 1725 M Street, NW is near
Monument, lined on each side with the corner of 17th St and M St., NW. Similarly, the
Smithsonian Institution museums and UC Washington Center is located at 1608 Rhode
Island Ave., NW, near 16th St. and Rhode Island Ave.,
federal office buildings.
NW. If the address involves a numbered street, the
Capital vs. Capitol - CAPITAL is the same formula applies however the number of the
city (i.e. Washington, DC, is the capital streets corresponds to the letter of the alphabet (in
of the United States) while CAPITOL sequence). For example, 507 5th St., NW is near the
is the building (i.e. “I’ll meet you by corner of 5th St. and E St. since E is the 5th letter of the
the Capitol building”). alphabet.
Liberty Dry Cleaning*
1708 M St., NW
*offers a discount for UC students
1509 17 St., NW (corner of P St. NW)
Zips Dry Cleaners Hair Salons
All garments $1.99*
202-686-8495 Aveda School
4418 Connecticut Ave., NW Aveda Institute – Washington, D.C.
*except leather, suede & comforters th
713 7 St., NW
www.321zips.com 800-884-3588 or 202-824-1624
METRO: Van Ness/UDC firstname.lastname@example.org
A list of services offered and prices is
VSL Hair Design
1607 Connecticut Ave., NW
Miscellaneous Retail Services (corner Q St. and Connecticut Ave.)
UPS Store Ritz Camera 202-332-3757
1718 M St., NW 1750 L St., NW www.vslhairdesign.com
Sprint Store Caruso Florist th
1515 15 St., NW (near Whole Foods)
1208 18 St., NW 1717 M St., NW 202-588-5557
202-496-9400 800-628-3491 www.vidafitness.com/auraspa.php
Verizon Store Chocolate Moose
1744 L St., NW (fun gift store!) Bang Salon (haircuts)
202-296-4400 1743 L St. NW 1515 15 St, NW (near Whole Foods)
T-Mobile Store www.vidafitness.com/bangsalong.php
1330 Connecticut Ave., NW
202-429-0715 For more suggestions and
GNC locations, please consult
1728 L St., NW yelp.com at
The weather will probably change considerably while you are on the East Coast.
Unlike California, Washington’s weather fluctuates (e.g. it could be 50 degrees
one day and 80 the next especially in the spring and/or fall season). It’s a good
idea to check the weather every day (online, weather hotline, newspaper, TV,
radio, etc.) since the UC Washington Center does not have windows that open,
and since you will not know what the weather is like unless you look out your
window or go outside.
Generally cool starting in October: frequent rain. Temperatures range from the
40’s to the high 60’s.
Colder (30’s), possible snow falls. Washingtonians believe they have mild
winters, but for those of us who are used to California weather, it feels really cold!
Gloves, scarves, warm sweaters and hats will come in handy.
Generally rainy and windy, however beautiful sunny days (with little humidity) are
common. Temperatures range from the 40’s to the high 70’s.
Generally very hot and humid. Temperatures range from the high 70’s to the
high 90’s with humidity levels in the high percentages.
For daily DC weather,
(enter zip code: 20036)
CUISINE / DINING OUT
Washington is divided into a number of unique neighborhoods, some of which have excellent & trendy
restaurants. You may want to consider signing up for www.groupon.com or www.livingsocial.com which
offers deals for restaurants and services. Use DC as one of your preferred areas to access great deals
in the area.
Offers a vast selection of restaurants, bars, coffee houses, a movie theater, used bookstores and retail
shopping. Most restaurants and clubs can be found on Connecticut Ave., NW, above Dupont Circle,
and on 17th St. above P St., NW.
Some restaurant recommendations:
Five Guys’ (burgers) Kramerbooks & Afterwards – bookstore/café open
Bertucci’s (Italian) 24 hrs on Fri & Sat!
Bucca di Beppo (Italian) Lauriol Plaza (Cuban, Peruvian, Mexican)
Fuddrucker’s (burgers) Levante’s (Mediterranean)
Moby Dick – House of Kabob Luna Grill (American)
Heritage India Dupont (Indian) Au Bon Pain (Sandwiches)
Madhatter (American-style) Thai Chef Sushi Bar
Offers tons of bars, dance clubs, restaurants, shops and cafes to choose from. The main intersection is
located at M St. and Wisconsin Ave., NW. Take the DC Circulator from 16th and K St., NW and you’ll
be in Georgetown within 10-15 min!
Some restaurant recommendations:
Aditi (Indian) Bistro Francais (French)
Clyde’s of Georgetown (burgers) Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown (American)
Martin’s Tavern (Irish) Cabana’s (Latin) – Washington Harbor
Zed’s Ethiopian Cuisine Pizzeria Paradiso
Considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city. The main intersection is
located at: 18th St., NW and Columbia Rd. Check out the wide array of Ethiopian and ethnic cuisine.
There are also many dance clubs and bars.
Sometimes called the “times square” of Washington, DC because of its flashy screens and neon lights,
this area bustles with energy and has a hip factor of 12 on a scale of 1-10! Restaurants include:
Clyde’s (American), Jaleo (Spanish Tapas), Indebleu, Zatinya (Turkish Tapas) Matchbox (American,
Fado’s (Irish), Rosa Mexicano, and many more!
The suggestions above are only some of Washington’s best places to eat and hang out. Don’t be afraid
to explore! Just by walking up 17th Street, NW, or Connecticut Ave, NW, from the Center you will find
plenty of places to hang out. Also, check out the following websites to find more restaurants in the area:
www.washingtonpost.com www.washingtonian.com (top 100 restaurants in DC)
www.dcpages.com www.opentable.com (online reservations)
Also, the Zagat is a reliable book that rates Washington’s restaurants and can be purchased at
any local bookstore for approximately $12.00.
PSSSST…Top Chef fans! Check out GOOD STUFF EATERY at 3rd & Pennsylvania, SE, near
the House Office Buildings. Spike Mendlesohn from season 4 (Chicago) opened a burger joint
where the food is delicious! Well worth the trip! METRO: Capitol South
More LOCAL EATERIES
Potbelly Sandwich Works (only
www.potbelly.com (order online)
Excellent sandwiches, soups &
1660 L St. NW
718 14th St. NW
1900 L St. NW
1701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
& more locations all over the city!
1707 L St NW
Subway Sandwiches Five Guys (similar to In-N-Out)
www.subway.com 1825 I St. NW
1129 18th St. NW 1645 Connecticut Ave. NW
1712 L St. NW 13th & F St. NW (Shops at National
1015 15th St. NW Place)
& more locations all over the city! 808 H St. NW (Chinatown)
& many more locations!
www.juliasempanadas.com Ben’s Chili Bowl (a DC tradition!)
1221 Connecticut Ave. NW www.benschilibowl.com
202-861-8828 1213 U St. NW
Chiplotle METRO: U St./Cardozo
Chop’t Creative Salad Company
1837 M St. NW
1269 Connecticut Ave. NW
1300 Connecticut Ave. NW
1105 ½ 19th St. NW
(breakfast & lunch)
Luigi’s Pizza (opened in 1943!)
1720 M St. NW
1132 19th St. NW
(breakfast & lunch)
1719 M St. NW
1511 17th St. NW
Krispy Kreme Donuts
1707 L St. NW (near Farragut North
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW
1140 19th St. NW
S T A Y I N G S A F E
Although we would
like to tell you Unlike our safe world of Riverside in Southern California,
exactly where Washington, DC, is a bustling urban environment with a much
unsafe higher crime rate.
neighborhoods are, Although most neighborhoods are generally safe during
only your eyes can working hours, you should always be careful. By taking a look
tell you for sure if at the address of your place of employment, you will have
you have wandered noticed that the city is divided up into four geographical
into a bad one: quadrants (NW, SW, NE, SE) with the Capitol building acting
buildings in as the intersection point. Some people will tell you that “the
despair, vacant NW quadrant is safer than the SE” and the “NE is safer than the
lots, public housing SW” and so on
and general Although these myths have some (very little) truth, people have
desertedness are gotten shot outside the White House and interns have been
signs. Homeless mugged in Georgetown.
people are not a
danger sign. They In short, crime exists in every part of the city. So, below are
flock to areas like some simple truths for everyone, MALE AND FEMALE.
Georgetown where • Always travel in groups.
other pedestrians • Take taxis at night.
have money. • Carry a small pocket map, but don’t flaunt it around.
• If you leave with 5 people to go somewhere, return
While the metro with 5 people.
system is generally • If you wear earphones when jogging, be extra
• If you have been drinking, USE COMMON SENSE!
should always be TAKE A CAB.
careful. Your best • Don’t carry lots of cash or flaunt expensive
bet is NOT to look jewelry/watches.
like a tourist, • Keep your wallet in a safe place.
especially when • If you must carry a purse, put the strap across your
you go sightseeing. chest and don’t let the purse slide behind you. Same
with a backpack (be aware!)
• Stay in well-lit, busy areas.
• Avoid public parks after dark.
YOUR • When you are walking alone, walk briskly, as if in a
COMMON SENSE! hurry to get where you are going, even if you don’t
know where you are going.
Also remember that • Avoid taking short cuts in dark alleys and avoid
you can call 911 for walking through parking lots at night.
free on a public • Keep your wallet in your front pocket. Never hold it in
phone. your hand as you are walking down the street. People
have been pick-pocketed on the street and on the
• If dining at a restaurant, keep your purse below your
feet where you can see it. NEVER leave it hanging
from the back of a chair.
MARKETS & LOCAL SERVICES
FOOD AND GROCERIES
Food and groceries are available at supermarkets
near the Center (approximately 10-15 min. walk).
Shopping carts are available at the Security
Desk for local use, so that you don’t have to FARMERS MARKETS
carry your grocery bags in your arms back to
the UC Washington Center. EASTERN MARKET
Take advantage of this service!
7th St. and North Carolina Ave., SE
Around the Center closed Mondays. Fresh fruit and
veggies, artisan stands, coffee
GROCERY STORES roaster, fresh seafood and baked
SAFEWAY WHOLE FOODS goods. Lots of pottery, handmade
www.safeway.com 1440 P St., NW jewelry, fresh flowers and flea
1701 Corcoran, NW Store hours: 8am-10:30pm market on Sundays 10am-5pm.
Store hours: 6am-11pm Open 7 days a week
Open 7 days a week DUPONT CIRCLE FARMERS
GIANT FOOD TRADER JOE’S
1414 8th St., NW 1101 25th St., NW 20th Street, NW between Q St. and
Mon-Sat: 6am – Midnight Store hours: 8am-10pm Massachusetts Ave. Open every
Sun: 6am-11pm Open 7 days a week Sunday, year round, rain or shine, 9
am-1pm during the regular season
PHARMACIES (Apr-Dec), 10am-1pm during the
CVS DRUG STORE RITE AID winter months (Jan-March).
This pharmacy is all 1815 Connecticut Ave., NW
around town. Closest 202-332-1718 Open 24 hrs. ADAMS MORGAN FARMERS
- 1637 P St., NW In the heart of Adams Morgan
Open 8 am-12:00 am, Columbia Rd. and 18th St., NW
except on weekends Open Saturdays, 9am – 2pm (May-
- 1418 P St., NW Dec).
Open 8am- 10 pm
Next to the Whole Foods store Find more? Go to
- 1025 Connecticut Ave. www.ams.usda.gov and click on
Open 8am-10pm “Find a Farmer’s Market”.
Near Farragut North metro station
There is a full service post office located 2 blocks from the BARNES AND NOBLE
building at 1800 M St., NW. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. 3040 M St. NW
OFFICE SUPPLIES ELECTRONICS 202-965-9880
STAPLES RADIO SHACK 555 12th St., NW
1901 L St., NW 1150 Connecticut Ave., NW 202-347-0176
(202) 293-4415 (202) 833-3355
IMPORTANT RESOURCES IN DC
LOCAL HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL RESOURCES
NUMBERS AND Note: You will have to pay up front at CLINICS
most of these facilities. Appointments Farragut Medical and
cost may range between $60 -$100 or Travel Care
more. Make sure you know your Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 am - 4 pm
Emergency insurance information and keep your 815 Connecticut Ave., NW
911 receipts! (202) 775-8500
METRO: Farragut West
AIDS Info Line Minute Clinics: offered through *Recommended by students
(202) 332-2437 select CVS stores. Go to
www.minuteclinic.com for more Arlington Clinic-Primary and
CDC Disease Hotline information. The closest is Urgent Care
(800) 342-4636 located at 845 Bladensburg Ave, Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am - 6 pm,
NE and can be accessed by bus. Sat.-Sun. 1-4 pm
DC Rape Crisis Hotline The clinics accept most insurance 4040 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste 140
(202) 333-7273 and provide affordable and Arlington, VA
convenient treatments and (703) 522-8840
DC Dept. of Mental Health - immunization for a low cost METRO: Ballston
starting at $30.
Access Help Line
(888) 793-4357 Dental Referral Line Planned Parenthood
DC Dental Society 1108 16th Street, NW
Mental Health Resources (202) 547-7613 or 202-347-8512
www.mentalhealth.org (800)-Dentist (336-8478)
HOSPITALS UCDC Counseling Service
Georgetown Psychiatry Clinic *** closest to the Center Parkhurst Associates
(202) 944-5400 Walk-ins at Center 2 days per
(202) 715-4000 (main) week or visit their offices.
Gay and Lesbian 202-234-7738, 866-551-1456
Crisis/Hotline/Referral Line Georgetown University Hospital
866-488-7386 (202) 444-2000 UCR Counseling Center
(951) 827-5531 (8am-5pm PST)
Metro Transit Police Howard University Hospital***
(951) 686-HELP (24 hours)
(202) 962-2121 (202) 865-6100
METRO: Shaw/Howard Univ.
Meyer Treatment Center
Alcoholics Anonymous Kaiser Permanente West End (202) 537-6050 (ask for the
(202) 966-9782 Medical Center intake coordinator to schedule
(202) 872-7000 an appt.)
Suicide Hotline 2100-W Pennsylvania Ave., NW
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) METRO: Foggy Bottom/ GWU Meltzer Psychological Service
www.hopeline.com Ctr. (202) 994-9072
National Center for VISITOR RESOURCES
Victims of Crime Destination DC www.washington.org
(800) 394-2255 Dial-A-Park(National Park Service) (202) 619-7275
35 Smithsonian Institution (202) 633-1000
UC Washington Center Traveler’s Aid Society www.travelersaid.org
Weather (www.weather.com) (202) 936-1212
Residential Life Emergency Line
(202) 415-9275 (24 hours) Cultural tourism DC, www.culturaltourismdc.org
WMATA (Metro information)
Security Desk (202) 637-7000 or www.wmata.com
RESOURCES IN DC
N E W S P A P E R S
Major newspapers Local newspapers Other
Two major newspapers For local flavor, pick-up The Washington Blade is
cover the Washington one of the city’s many free the paper of choice for the
metropolitan area: the weekly newspapers. The gay and lesbian
Washington Post and the City Paper comes out on community around DC. It
Washington Times. The Thursdays with a complete is distributed on Fridays.
Washington Post is listing of events in the Find it in bookstores, at
typically considered the area, including concerts, shops around Dupont
more liberal of the two, information on local Circle, Adams Morgan and
while the Times is nightclubs and U Street.
considered conservative. restaurants, and a good
Both papers publish dose of local news and Newsstands feature many
Congressional schedules; politics. out of town and
the Times publishes the international papers, for
President’s and Vice The Hill Rag is a those of you who are
community newspaper homesick for California
covering events in news.
Roll Call is the official Washington, DC and
The News Room at 1803
newspaper covering the Capitol Hill. It is published
Connecticut Ave., NW
Hill. It comes out every monthly and you can pick-
Monday and Thursday - up a copy anywhere in and 202-332-1489 is a good
pick it up on the Hill. around Capitol Hill. store for international
CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
Baptist: Episcopal: Jewish Community
Metropolitan Baptist Church St. Mary’s Episcopal Centers
1225 R St. NW, 202-238-5000 Church 728 23rd St., NW DC Jewish Comm. Cntr
www.metropolitanbaptist.org (202) 333-3985 1529 16th St., NW (16th&Q)
g/smc (202) 518-9400
Church of America Washington National Lutheran:
5401 16th St. NW, Cathedral
Mount Olivet Lutheran
(202) 829-2423 Massachussetts &
Wisconsin Ave., NW
Catholic: www.cathedral.org 1306 Vermont Ave., NW
Newman Catholic Student (202) 537-6200 (202) 667-5357
George Washington University Jewish-Conservative: Methodist:
2210 F St, NW, (202) 676-6855 Adas Israel Foundry United
www.gwcatholic.com Congregation Methodist
St. Matthew’s Cathedral 2850 Quebec St., NW 1500 16th St., NW
1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW www.adasisrael.org www.foundryumc.org
(202) 347-3215 (202) 362-4433 (202) 332-4010
Jewish-Reform: Islamic Center
National Shrine of the
Washington Hebrew 2551 Massachusetts Ave., NW
400 Michigan Ave., NE Congregation www.islamiccenterdc.com
www.nationalshrine.com 3935 Macomb St., NW
(202) 362-7100 Presbyterian:
www.whctemple.org Church of the Pilgrims
2201 P St., NW
SHOPPING IN DC
IN THE CITY: M, Intermix; 3-sit down restaurants, currency
and exchange and a food court. Open daily.
*Connecticut Avenue: (below Dupont Circle)
Take the DC Circulator Bus or METRO: Foggy
The Gap/Talbot’s/Nine West/Victoria’s
Secret/Men’s Wearhouse/Filene’s Bottom/ GWU, and 10-12 min. walk.
Mazza Gallerie/Friendship Heights
*Dupont Circle: (comprised of Connecticut www.mazzagallerie.com, 5300 Wisconsin
Ave. above Dupont Circle and 17th St., NW) Ave, NW An elegant indoor mall that has a
Ann Taylor Loft/Benetton/Secondi select amount of shops, restaurant and
(consignment shop)/Kramerbooks and theaters, including: Bloomingdale’s, Neiman
Afterwords/Bedazzled and unique stores Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor,
worth checking out. Filene’s Basement, Loehmann’s, Lord and
Taylor, TJ MAXX and Borders. METRO:
*Metro Center/Gallery Place-Chinatown: Friendship Heights.
Macy’s/H & M/Zara/Filene’s
Basement/Payless Shoes/Staples/Borders IN VIRGINIA
*Target: accessible via metro at Columbia
*Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
Heights station (green line). Also accessible
at three metro stations: Wheaton Station (red www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=157
line), Twinbrook (red line), and Prince Some of the area’s most exceptional
George’s Plaza (green line). Twinbrook shopping, entertainment, and dining. Stroll
through Macy’s, Nordstrom and more than
requires about ½ walk from the metro station.
160 other fine shops. Then grab a quick bite
Old Post Office Pavilion at the food court or enjoy a more formal dining
www.oldpostofficedc.com/retail.html - (202) experience at one of the restaurants. Costco/
289-4224 Marshall’s/ Linen & Things/ Borders and Best
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. One of Buy located across from Fashion Center.
Washington’s oldest federal buildings, the Old METRO: Pentagon City
Post Office Pavilion is a festival marketplace
Tyson’s Corner Center
featuring more than 60 fine shops,
www.shoptysons.com – (703) 893-9400
restaurants, a food court, and daily
This skylit mall, only nine miles from
entertainment. Stores are open Mon.-Sat.,
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7:00 Washington, DC, offers two levels of more
p.m. METRO: Federal Triangle. than 200 specialty shops, with Nordstrom,
Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and LL
Union Station Bean as anchor stores. Also featured are
www.unionstationdc.com – (202) 371-9441 more than 30 eateries and an 8-screen
50 Massachusetts Ave., NE. A major cinema complex. Open Mon.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-
transportation & shopping Center restored in 9:30 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
1908. The three-level Union Station Mall METRO: 1) West Falls Church & bus #3T or
features 120 shops, 7 restaurants, a 46- 2) Dunn Loring/Merrified metro & bus #401.
vendor food court, ATMs and a full-service
bank. Open Mon.- Sat., 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Potomac Mills Value/Outlet Mall
Sunday, noon to 6:00 p.m. METRO: Union www.potomacmills.com, - (703) 643-1855
With some 200 stores under one roof,
Potomac Mills is one of the largest
The Shops at Georgetown Park value/outlet malls in the world. Off-price and
http://www.shopsatgeorgetownpark.com/ discount stores carry leading apparel names
Wisconsin Ave. and M Street, NW. Upscale such as Bally, Guess, Laura Ashley, Levi’s,
stores and restaurants in a neo-Victorian style Escada, Calvin Klein, Saks Fifth Avenue,
mall including J. Crew, Ann Taylor, FAO Nordstrom Rack and IKEA. Stores open Mon.-
Schwartz, Dean and Deluca (fine foods), H & Sat. 10:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday from 11:00
a.m.-7:00 p.m. Shuttle service from 3 metro
*Most accessible locations stations available. Check the website for more
LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES!
For complete listings, check out the Washington Post Weekend Section (published on
Fridays), the City Paper or go to www.fandango.com or www.moviefone.com.
American Film Institute (AFI) National Bethesda Row
Theater (301) 652-7273, 7235 Woodmont Ave.,
www.afi.com, (301) 495-6720 Bethesda
8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD New releases, Independent and Foreign
Classics, foreign films, post-film Films
discussions METRO: Bethesda
METRO: Silver Spring
AMC LOWES theatres www.regalcinemas.com
Gallery Place Stadium 14
Georgetown 14 (202) 393-2121, 707 7th St., NW
(202) 342-6033, 311 K St., NW METRO: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Take DC Circulator. Closest metro
station: Foggy Bottom/GWU IMAX Theatres
Mazza Gallerie 7 (877) 932-4629
(202) 537-9553, 5300 Wisconsin Ave., METRO: Smithsonian
METRO: Friendship Heights Samuel C. Johnson Imax Theater
National Museum of Natural History
A great, old, majestic theater. Has Lockheed Martin Imax Theater
played host to movie premieres. (202) And the Einstein Planetarium
966-5401, 3426 Connecticut Ave., NW National Air and Space Museum
METRO: Cleveland Park
Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse If you prefer to rent movies, please
(703) 486-2345, 2903 Columbia Pike, consider a subscription to Netflix or
Arlington Blockbuster.com. Subscriptions vary in
Discount admissions; serves beer, price.
nachos and other munchies while you
watch a movie on a full screen. Worth With a blockbuster.com subscription,
the cab ride (or take the METRO to patrons can exchange movies in store.
Pentagon and take the #16 bus). Closest locations to the Center are:
Landmark Theatres 1805 Columbia Rd., NW – (202) 986-3817
www.landmarktheatres.com 410 8th St., SE – (202) 54-64044
E-Street Cinema The Center’s residential life office
(202) 452-7672, 555 11th Street, NW regularly hosts movie nights featuring
New releases, Independent and Foreign oldies and classic flicks. These are fun
Films events and an opportunity to meet new
METRO: Metro Center friends! Look for the flyers posted in the
COFFEE AND TEA HOUSES
Coffee houses can be found all over the city. Starbucks, the golden arches of java can be
found in over 15 locations around the city and in three spots within 6 blocks of each other
on Connecticut Ave., NW (in Dupont Circle, which is a few blocks from the Center).
Caribou Coffee is also found in many locations. Enjoy!
Au Bon Pain (www.aubonpain.com)
Coffee, sandwiches, soups, salads
1850 M St, NW
1724 L St., NW
1801 L St., NW
2100 Pennsylvania Ave. (21st & Penn)
1101 17th St., NW - (202) 223-6828
Politics & Prose, Bookstore &
1156 15th St., NW - (202) 223-2331
1400 14th St., NW- (202) 232-4552
1800 M St., NW - (202) 419-0466
(Independent bookstore featuring author
book signing events, lectures, concerts)
Dean & DeLuca Georgetown
5015 Connecticut Ave., NW - (202) 364-
(café and fine foods store)
METRO: Between Van Ness-UDC and
3276 M St., NW, (202) 342-2500
METRO: Foggy Bottom
Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café th
1600 K St., NW (16 & K St.)
www.kramers.com (202) 387-2500
1205 19th St., NW (19th & M St.)
Afterwords Cafe opened in 1976, and
1301 Connecticut Ave. (corner N St.)
was the first Bookstore/Cafe in the
1501 Connecticut Ave. (Dupont Circle)
country to feature cappuccino, st
2101 P St., NW (21 & P St.)
espresso, a full bar and food. Since its
inception it has established itself as
'Washington's pre-eminent cafe'.
(tea house featuring over 50 different
1517 Connecticut Ave., NW
kinds of teas)
METRO: Dupont Circle
2009 R St., NW, (202) 667-3827
800 Connecticut Ave., (202) 835-2233
Jolt n' Bolt Coffee and Tea House th
400 8 St., NW, (202) 638-6010
1918 18th St., NW – (202) 232-0077
METRO: Dupont Circle
Coffee, sandwiches, salads and soups
Juan Valdez Café
1919 M St., NW
675 E St., NW (Gallery Pl-Chinatown)
1350 Connecticut Ave. (Dupont Circle)
1889 F St., NW (Foggy Bottom)
1647 20th St. (Dupont Circle)
1875 K St., NW
The Mudd House (organic coffee!)
1700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
1724 M St., NW - (202) 833-8455
SIGHTSEEING IN DC
United States Department of State
receptiontours.state.gov - (202) 647-4000 -
2201 C Street, NW. Part of the Executive
Branch responsible for formulating and
implementing U.S Foreign Policy.
Consider a Monuments Reservations are required 90 days in advance
Tour! Tourmobile to take the 45-minute tour of the upstairs
Sightseeing offers tours with diplomatic reception rooms. Available M-F at
same-day unlimited re- 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. METRO:
boarding privileges. Tickets
range from $27-$30. Call Foggy Bottom/GWU.
(202) 554-7950 or go to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
information. (closed for tours until further notice)
www.fbi.gov - (202) 324-3447
Located on E St. between 9th St. and 10th St.,
NW. Fingerprinting and firearms
demonstrations and exhibits. Exhibits about
the FBI are available at area DC museums
LOCAL SITES including the Newseum. METRO: Metro
Arlington National Cemetery
www.arlingtoncemetery.org Ford’s Theatre and Lincoln Museum
(703) 692-0931 www.fordstheatre.org
Located in Arlington, VA. Open daily October - (202) 426-6924
March, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; April- 10th St. between E and F St., NW. Site of
September, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. *Changing President Lincoln's assassination. Tours
of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown starting 9am daily but tickets are required.
Soldier every hour, October-March; every half- METRO: Metro Center.
hour April-September. Be prepared to do lots Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial
of walking. Tourmobiles at the Visitor’s www.nps.gov/fdrm/ - (202) 426-6841
Center offer the only motorized transportation Located between the Lincoln and Jefferson
through the cemetery. METRO: Arlington Memorial and the Potomac Tidal Basin. Free
Cemetery. self-guided tours. METRO: No easy access.
United States Bureau of Printing and Foggy Bottom/GWU or Smithsonian.
Engraving Iwo Jima, the Marine Corps Memorial
www.moneyfactory.com – (202) 874-3019 www.nps.gov/gwmp/marinecorpswarmemorial
14th & C Streets, SW. Where paper money .htm - (703) 789-2500
and stamps are printed. Free admission. Tour Stands near the north (Ord & Weitzel Gate)
tickets are available during the morning hours entrance to Arlington Cemetery as a tribute to
starting at 8am, distributed on a first-come, marines who died in all wars. METRO: Either
first- served basis. Tour tickets required Roslyn or Arlington Cemetery stations, but be
during the peak season (March –Sept.). Open prepared for a walk.
Mon-Fri., 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Closed
weekends and federal holidays. METRO: National WWII Memorial
Smithsonian. www.wwiimemorial.com/ - (202) 619-4WW2
17th St. between Independence and
Corcoran Gallery of Art Constitution Ave., NW. The Memorial honors
www.corcoran.org – (202) 639-1700 the 16 million soldiers who served in the U.S.
17th St. between E St. and New York Ave., armed forces, the 4000,000 soldiers who died,
N.W. Open 10-5 Wed-Sun, Thursdays until 9 and all who supported the war from home.
pm. Admission for students is $8 with a valid
ID. The Gallery has extensive collection of
American paintings, drawings, prints, and
sculptures. METRO: Farragut West.
SIGHTSEEING IN DC
Thomas Jefferson Memorial National Aquarium in Washington, DC
www.nps.gov/thje/ www.nationalaquarium.com - (202) 482-2825
South Bank of the Potomac Tidal Basin in located on 14th St. between Constitution Ave.
South-West Washington, DC. Open 24 hrs, and D St., NW, in the U.S. Department of
rangers available 9:30am-11:30pm daily. Commerce building. Open daily from 9 a.m. to
Pedal boats available for rent at the 5 p.m. General admission is $9. METRO:
boathouse from 10am -4pm Federal Triangle.
Smithsonian. National Archives
www.archives.gov - (202) 272-6272
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Original copies
www.kennedy-center.org - (202) 416-8340 of the Declaration of Independence and the
On the Potomac waterfront in Northwest United States Constitution on display in
Washington. Tours daily Weekdays 10am.- Exhibition Hall. Open daily, March 15-Labor
5pm, weekends 10am-1pm. METRO: Foggy Day: 10am-7pm. Day after Labor Day- March
Bottom/GWU and take shuttle from the metro. 14: 10am-5:30pm., admission is free.
METRO: Archives/Navy Memorial.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
http://www.nps.gov/kowa - (202) 426-6841 National Gallery of Art
On the National Mall near the Lincoln www.nga.gov - (202) 737-4215
Memorial between the Reflecting Pool and On Constitution Ave. between 3 and 7th St.,
Independence Ave., NW. Open 24 hrs, N.W. The two buildings are linked by a paved
rangers available 9:30am-11:30pm daily. plaza and an underground concourse. The
METRO: Foggy Bottom/ GWU. gallery houses one of the world’s finest
collections of western European paintings and
Library of Congress sculptures from the 13th century to the
www.loc.gov - (202) 707-8000 present, as well as American art from Colonial
101 Independence Ave., SE. Free admission, to contemporary times. Please consult the
Mon-Sat 8:30am- 4:30pm. One-hour guided website for tour information. Free admission,
tours Mon-Fri, check web site for details. open Mon.-Sat. 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., and
METRO: Capitol South or Union Station. Sunday 11:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. METRO:
www.nps.gov/linc - (202) 426-6841 National Geographic’s Explorers Hall
West end of the National Mall near 23rd St., www.nationalgeorgraphic.com - (800) NGS-LINE
NW and Memorial Bridge. Open 24 hrs, 17th and M Street, NW. Open Mon.-Sat. 9:00
rangers available 9:30am-11:30pm daily. a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sun. and holidays 10:00-5:00
METRO: Foggy Bottom/ GWU. p.m. Free admission. METRO: Farragut North
(note: this site is minutes away from the
www.dod.gov/pubs/pentagon - (703) 697-1776
Located in Arlington, VA. Headquarters of the
U.S. Department of Defense. Tours available
to schools, educational organizations and
other groups only. METRO: Pentagon
SIGHTSEEING IN DC
Smithsonian Institution - www.si.edu - (202)
633-1000. Museums are open daily from International Spy Museum
10:00 am. to 5:30 p.m. www.spymuseum.org - (202) EYE.SPY.U
Smithsonian Institution Building ("the 800 F St., NW, METRO: Gallery Place/
Castle",admin. offices)- 10th St. and Jefferson Chinatown. Admission for adults is: $18.00
Ave., SW. METRO: Smithsonian Newseum (opened in April ’08)
www.newseum.org 6th St. & Pennsylvania
African Art Museum— 950 Independence Ave., NW. METRO: Archives/ Navy Memorial
Ave., SW, METRO: Smithsonian
Cathedral of St. Matthew The Apostle
Air and Space Museum- 4th St. and www.stmatthewscathedral.org
Independence Ave., SW. METRO: L'Enfant (202) 347-3215
Plaza 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW. The cathedral
Renwick Gallery of the American Art was designed in Renaissance style by New
Museum - 17th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., York architect Grant LaFarge. An inscription in
NW. METRO: McPherson Square marble commemorates the funeral of John F.
Kennedy. Allow 30 minutes for a visit. Guided
American History Museum - 14th St. and tours are available on the second Sunday of
Constitution Ave. NW. METRO: Federal every month at 2:30 p.m. Open daily 6:30
Triangle am.-6:15 pm. METRO: Dupont Circle or
American Indian Museum – 4th St. & Farragut North.
Independence Ave., NW, METRO: Federal Union Station
Center SW www.unionstationdc.com - (202) 289-1908
50 Massachusetts Ave., NE. Beautifully
Anacostia Community Museum – 1901 Fort
restored Amtrak train station, shopping, and
Place, SE. METRO: Anacostia
large food court. METRO: Union Station.
Arts and Industries Building - 900 Jefferson
United States Capitol
Dr., SW METRO: Smithsonian
www.aoc.gov - (202) 226-8000
Freer and Sackler Gallery - 1050 Located in Capitol Hill, tours daily starting at 7:15
Independence Ave. SW, the two museums a.m. Tickets are required. To make a
are connected by an underground exhibition reservation, go to www.visitthecapitol.gov.
METRO: Capitol South or Union Station.
space. METRO: Smithsonian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden -
www.ushmm.org - (202) 488-0400
Independence Ave.& 7th St. SW, METRO: The museum is located near the National Mall,
L’Enfant Plaza just south of Independence Ave., SW, between
National Zoo—3001 Connecticut Ave., NW 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place in
Washington, DC. Free admission, but tickets are
METRO: Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan
required to view the museum’s permanent
or Cleveland Park
collections. Same-day tickets are distributed on a
Natural History Museum - Constitution Ave. first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:45
at 10th St., NW. METRO: Archives/Navy a.m. METRO: Smithsonian.
Memorial United States Naval Observatory
www.usno.navy.mil/ - (202) 762-1467
American Art Museum & Portrait Gallery-
Massachusetts Ave. at 34th St., NW. 90-minute
750 9th St., NW METRO: Gallery Place/
tour on selected Mondays at 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Chinatown. Grounds include the home of the Vice President
Postal Museum - 2 Massachussetts Ave., of the United States. No easy metro access.
NE—METRO: Union Station
anniversary in fall 2007. No easy metro
SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND DC
Supreme Court of the United States
www.supremecourtus.gov - (202) 479-3211
First St. and Maryland Ave., NE. Open Mon-
Fri, 9am-4:30pm Public lectures in the
Courtroom every hour on the half-hour, 9:30
a.m. to 3:30pm, except when court is in
session. METRO: Capitol South
(orange/blue) or Union Station (red).
United States Department of Treasury
www.treas.gov - (202) 622-0896
15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Displays The White House
of money, both real and counterfeit. 90 minute www.whitehouse.gov/history/tours/ - (202)
tours on Saturday mornings. Reservations 456-7041
and valid photo ID required. METRO: Tours of the White House are available for
McPherson Square. groups of ten or more. Tickets are
complimentary but must be requested six
Vietnam Veterans Memorial - months in advance through your Congress
www.nps.gov/vive/home.htm - (202) 426-6841 Representative. Tours are given Mon.-Sat.
On the National Mall near the Lincoln from 7:30am to 10:00pm. Please note that
Memorial between the Reflecting Pool & tours can be cancelled at anytime. METRO:
Independence Ave, NW. Consists of the Wall, McPherson Square or Metro Center.
the three servicemen statue, and the Women
in service to the Vietnam War statue. Open 24 ONE-DAY EXCURSIONS
hrs a day. METRO: Foggy Bottom/GWU. MARYLAND
Annapolis, Maryland (known for delicious
crabcakes!) http://www.ci.annapolis.md.us/ -
Although this city is full of historical sites, the
main attraction is the United States Naval
Academy. You can take a tour of the campus
daily from 9:00am-5:00pm. Access to the
grounds is limited, so be sure to have a valid
picture ID with you. For more information, go
to www.usna.edu. Other sites of interest
include the Harbor & marina, Government
Washington Monument House (office of the Governor), the Annapolis
http://www.nps.gov/wamo/ - (202) 426-6841 Maritime Museum and many historical
On the National Mall at 15th St., NW and properties preserved by the Historical
Jefferson Dr. Free tours available but tickets Annapolis Foundation. Approx. driving time:
are required. Tickets are distributed daily on a 45 min.
first-come first-served basis, or you can
reserve online at Baltimore and the Inner Harbor, Maryland
http://reservations.nps.gov/index.cfm Take the MARC train (800-325-7245) from
for a nominal fee. METRO: Smithsonian. Union Station. Approximate travel time: 1
Washington National Cathedral hour.
www.nationalcathedral.org - (202)537-6200
Located at Massachusetts & Wisconsin Ave., The Inner Harbor is a huge shopping mall
NW, the Cathedral is a National House of and eating establishment. The Harbor also
Prayer for all People. It is the final resting houses the National Aquarium of Baltimore
place of Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller and (410) 576-3800, http://www.aqua.org/.
Anne Sullivan, and it is the church where
Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his last Baltimore Orioles, see page 51 (professional
Sunday sermon. Open daily for tours and sports) in this handbook for more detailed
service. The Cathedral celebrated its 100th information.
SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND DC
City of Alexandria Mount Vernon Estate & Garden
http://alexandriava.gov - 703-838-4000 (703) 780-2000, www.mountvernon.org
Alexandria is located about 5 miles from Mount Vernon is the home and final resting
Washington, DC. It is a very charming city, place of George and Martha Washington.
and the sightseeing, shopping and eating is Admission is $15 for adults. Mt. Vernon can
plentiful, especially in Old Town, Alexandria. be reached by METRO on the yellow line to
Historical sites include the boyhood home of Huntington and then by bus. A riverboat called
Robert E. Lee, the Carlyle House Historic the Potomac Spirit travels up the Potomac
Park, and the George Washington Masonic River twice a day from Pier 4 at 6th and Water
National Memorial and others. METRO: King Street, SW. Call (866) 302-2469 or go to
St., and then take a bus to Old Town www.spiritofwashington.com for reservations.
Alexandria. For bus schedules, go to Round-trip fare including admission to Mt.
www.dashbus.com. Vernon is $41.95.
Charlottesville – www.charlottesville.org Richmond – www2.richmond.com
The two major attractions are the University of Richmond was capital of the Confederate
Virginia (UVA), and Monticello, the home of States of America from May 1861 until April
Thomas Jefferson. Guided tours of this 1865. Elements of the major battlefields are
historical site including the house, garden and maintained by the Richmond National
plantation are offered daily. Go to Battlefield Park. Although parts of the city
www.monticello.org or call (434) 984-9822, for burned when it was evacuated in 1865, many
tour schedule. Tickets are $15.00 (Nov-Feb) sites associated with the Civil War in
or $20 (March-Oct) for adults. Approximate Richmond survived and are open to the
driving time: 2 hours and 15 minutes. public. Approx. driving time: 2 hrs
Virginia Beach – www.vbgov.com
Virginia Beach has been a popular resort
destination since the 1880s. Four military
installations in Virginia Beach--Oceana Naval
Air Station, Little Creek, Fort Story, and Dam
Neck - make the city a vital presence on the
national and international map. With local
museums, sports and entertainment arenas,
and a thriving economic base, the City of
Virginia Beach attracts vacationers and future
residents alike. Approx driving time: 3.5 hrs
Fredericksburg – www.fredericksburgva.gov
This town is a restoration of a colonial city.
The town of Fredericksburg is very charming.
Admission tickets range from $34.95 to
It is filled with Revolutionary and Civil War
$44.95 per adult. Open every day from 9 am -
history, and surrounded by battlefields. Call
5 pm. You can also visit various historical
the visitor’s line at (800) 678-4748
sites nearby, including: Jamestown, Yorktown,
Approximate driving time: 90 min
and Carter’s Grove plantation. There is also
an outlet mall (Prime Outlets) in the area.
Harper’s Ferry – www.nps.gov/hafe
Located close to the West Virginia border; the
site where Harper’s Ferry and the
Shenandoah River meet. For more
information, call 304-535-6029.
SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND DC
New York, New York – www.nyctourist.com
New York is definitely a place you want to
experience even if it is one of the most expensive
cities to visit! Travel time: train (approx. 3.5 hrs),
bus and car. NY can be expensive because you
have to pay to do everything and go everywhere,
which is different than DC. The NY subway is
convenient and relatively inexpensive as opposed
to taxicabs. All the museums in New York charge
for admission (unlike in DC where admission is
free). Things to do: Visit Time Square, Rockefeller
Center, Empire State Building, walk through Soho,
Greenwich Village, see Broadway shows, lots of
shopping (Canal Street), tons of restaurants (little
Boston, Massachusetts – www.bostonusa.com Italy, Chinatown and all over), deli's & cafes, fun,
Approximate travel time: ten hour drive, seven fun, fun!!!
hour train ride or one hour flight. Definitely a place
to visit if you have time. Boston is a college town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - www.gophila.com
Harvard, MIT, BU (Boston Univ.), Brandeis The city has an abundance of historical sites to
University, etc…are located in or near the city. see, including the famous Liberty Bell,
Other sites include: the Boston Tea Party Ship & Independence Hall, Franklin Court, National
Museum, Quincy Market, “Cheers” Bar or catch a Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House,
Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Once there, you Philadelphia Museum of Art, and many others.
can also visit Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, Experience a real Philly cheese Steak sandwich
about 90 minutes away by car. This can be an on South St., which is not something you will
expensive trip - a one way train ticket cost over forget! Approximate driving time: 3 hours
$100 or you can fly Southwest into Providence, RI,
or Manchester, NH, for a low airfare. Go to North Carolina Coast – www.ncccoast.com
www.bostonusa.com for more info. Warmed by the nearby Gulf Stream, the North
Carolina Coast is a sunny place filled with pristine
Cape Cod, Massachusetts – beaches and the powerful grandeur of the ocean,
www.capecodchamber.org giant sand dunes (highest along the East Coast)
This resort area is known for its summer and wetlands filled with an abundance of wildlife
inhabitants: the Rockefellers, Kennedys, etc…It and plants. The defining characteristic of the area
can be a long drive (approx. 10 hours) but the is the Outer Banks, a chain of fragile barrier
landscape and scenery make it a worthwhile trip. islands with 130 miles of unspoiled coastline
Located approximately 90 minutes (by car) south surrounded by 900 square miles of water. The
of Boston, MA. area is also full of history, dating back to the 16th
century, when the first English settlement was
built—and then vanished. There are also sites
from pre-Revolutionary Days and historic
lighthouses (including the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse, at 208 feet, the tallest on the East
Coast), and it was here, at Kitty Hawk, that the
Wright Brothers ushered in the era of flight in
1903. Approximate driving time: 4.5 hours
WASHINGTON DC EVENTS/CONCERTS
*Check the “Today’s Events” column of the
Washington Post or Express newspaper for
daily. updates, or online at
Free cultural events (listed by season) are a
perfect opportunity to unwind after work. So
take a friend, grab some food and enjoy all that
DC has to offer.
The Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, free performances every day at 6:00 p.m. in the
Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. No tickets required. For a schedule of performances, go to:
Summer (July – August)
Fourth of July Concerts at the Capitol, an American Festival presented on the steps of the U.S.
Capitol with the National Symphony Orchestra and guest conductors on July 4th.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival, this two-week long event plays out in lectures, concerts, working
villages and exhibits on the National Mall. Go to www.folklife.si.edu/index.html for more information.
National Gallery of Art - Jazz in the Garden, enjoy summer evenings of jazz in the Sculpture Garden
from June through September. Every Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., rain or shine,
experience an eclectic mix of top Washington-area jazz artists. Go to
http://www.nga.gov/programs/jazz.shtm for information.
Fort Dupont Park, Minnesota Ave. and Randall Circle , SE, presents a series of concerts by top jazz
artists in the country. Presented in the evenings during the summer months. Go to
http://www.nps.gov/fodu/ for more information.
The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps play at 8:45pm on Friday evenings. Marine barracks, 8th and
Eye Streets, SE. Call (202) 433-6060 to reserve tickets. METRO: Eastern Market
Marine Band Summer Concert Series, from June though August, Marine Band summer concerts take
place on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at the U.S. Capitol’s west terrace and White House Ellipse
Visitor Pavilion. Call (202) 433-4011 for information.
Fall (September – December)
National Christmas Tree Lighting, the nation’s chief executive opens the holiday season with lighting
of the National Christmas tree accompanied by the Pageant of Peace.
Winter and Spring (January – May)
Chinese New Year Parade, in January or February (depending on the moon), Washington’s Chinatown
takes on renewed life in the streets with traditional firecrackers, drums, and colorful dragon dancers. On
H Street, NW between 5th and 8th Streets.
National Cherry Blossom Festival, the capital’s fabled cherry blossom trees bloom from late March
through early April. Festivities are capped by the Cherry Blossom Festival parade, often the first
Saturday in April. http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org
The President’s Own - United States Marine Band, throughout May, free concerts are presented by
the U.S. Marine Corps Chamber Orchestra, known for performing at diplomatic receptions and state
Restaurant Week – DC’s finest restaurants serve their best dishes for almost half the price! Twice
yearly in January/February and August. For information, go to www.washington.org/restaurantwk.
Eastern Market – open air market at 7th St. and North Carolina Ave., SE. Tues-Sun. Fresh fruit &
veggies, artisan stands, coffee roaster, fresh seafood and baked goods. Pottery, art, handmade jewelry,
fresh flowers, flea market on weekends. METRO: Eastern Market (orange/blue)
THEATRE IN DC
TICKETplace, a service of the Cultural The National Theatre
Alliance of Greater Washington. 407 Seventh www.nationalteatre.org - (800) 447-7400
St., NW. www.ticketplace.org sells half-price 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, is the oldest
tickets on PERFORMANCE DAY ONLY for continuously operating thatre (1835) in the
venues like the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, nation. Students can purchase half-price
Ford’s and many others. METRO: Gallery tickets by showing a valid ID> Valid Tuesday
Place/ Chinatown and Wednesday evenings and Sunday
matinees. METRO: Metro Center
American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theatre
www.afi.com/silver/new/. - (301) 495-6700 The Studio Theatre
General admission is $10, $8.50 for members. www.studiotheatre.org - (202) 332-3300
METRO: Silver Spring 1501 14th St., NW, home of contemporary
theatre. Tickets range from $34-69. With
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street, SW. Student ID, $5 discount available or half-
www.arenastage.org - (202) 488-3300 priced tickets available 30 min. before show
Arena Stage produces American classics, and time based seating availability.
premieres new American plays and supports
work in progress. Tickets $27-59. METRO: The Warner Theatre
Waterfront/ SEU www.warnertheatre.com - (202) 783-4000
13th & E St., NW, Washington, DC's leading
Folger Theatre (Folger Shakespeare Library) performing arts center. Prices vary by
www.folger.edu - (202) 544-7077 performance. Tickets can be purchased at
201 East Capitol St. SE, Students receive a the box office or through Ticketmaster.
20-25% discount. Half-priced tickets can be METRO: Metro Center
purchased at the box office 1 hour before
shows based on availability. METRO: Capitol Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing
South or Union Station. Arts
www.wolftrap.org - (703) 225-1900
Ford’s Theatre (just re-opened in Jan ’09) A 350-seat outdoor art pavilion located In
www.fordstheatre.org - (202) 347-4833 Vienna, VA, and America’s only national park
511 10th St., NW, the site of Abraham for the performing arts that features top artists
Lincoln’s assassination, is a live working in opera, jazz, ballet, blues, reggae, pop, folk
theatre located in downtown Washington, DC. and ethnic music. prices range from $18
METRO: Metro Center. (lawn) to $70 (assigned seating). METRO:
West Falls Church, and take the Wolf Trap
Gala Hispanic Theatre shuttle ($3.10 roundtrip).
www.galatheatre.org - (800) 494-8497
14th & Park St., NW. Tickets start at $20.00, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
special discounts offered to students. Arts.
METRO: Columbia Heights www.kennedy-center.org - (202) 413-8340
This is DC's national cultural center. It
operates a year-round program of music,
The National Theatre, dance, drama and film events in its five
www.nationaltheatre.org - (202) 628-6161 theatres. Located at the foot of New
1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, is the oldest Hampshire Ave., NW, the box offices are open
continuously operating theatre (since 1835) in from 10 am.- 9 pm. Mon. to Sat. and from 12 -
the nation. Students can purchase half-price 9 pm on Sunday. A 50% discount is offered to
tickets by showing a valid ID. METRO: Metro full-time students by presenting your student
Center ID at the box office. METRO: Foggy Bottom/
GWU, and take the shuttle to the Center.
Depending on the season, you will see runners, bicyclists, roller
bladers, walkers and hikers all over the area’s many trails. On
the Mall, you will see people playing softball, ultimate Frisbee,
soccer, football and an occasional polo match.
Visit Teddy Roosevelt Island. To the right
of the Key Bridge, just after you cross Lee C & O Canal Towpath
Highway, you will see a bike path that The Towpath is a dirt trail that runs
heads down by the river. Follow the path. alongside the C & O Canal, which used to
Teddy Roosevelt Island is about 1/4 mile transport goods along the Potomac River.
on the right. Wear shoes that you won’t The trail has camping and picnicking
mind getting muddy and take advantage of areas, and affords terrific views of the river
the paths that run along the river. You can and the Maryland countryside. From the
walk, run, blade or bike down to Reagan Key Bridge, turn right down the sidewalk
National Airport to see the airplanes land. through Francis Scott Key Park, a small
Heading north, pick up the C & O Canal park on the corner of the bridge and M
Towpath in Georgetown and run or ride as Street, NW, in Georgetown. You will
far as 184 miles to Cumberland, Maryland. descend a staircase and cross a small
bridge over the canal and end up on the
To find the trails: path.
Mount Vernon Trail
From the UCDC Center, walk or ride
toward Georgetown on M Street, NW. Ultimate Frisbee
Immediately after the Key Bridge (on the Played every weekend across the city.
East side) you should see a paved path Experienced players and newcomers are
heading south. Look for signs pointing to welcome. Check out the Washington Area
Mount Vernon. This path goes to Teddy Frisbee Club (WAFC) at www.wafc.org for
Roosevelt Island, Reagan National Airport more information.
(where the locals ride to watch planes
land—see description above), through Old
Town Alexandria, and down to the Mount
Vernon Estate & Gardens. Find out if your Internship organization
has a team, or call Alverta Scott,
Thompson Boat Center Student Services Coordinator at 202-
www.thompsonboatcenter.com 974-6208 for ideas & information about
2900 Virginia Avenue, NW where you can play your favorite sports
(202) 333-9543 while you are in DC.
Rent bikes, canoes or kayaks. Call first to
check out their availability.
Bike Rentals Segway Rentals and Tours
Segs in the City
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
METRO: Federal Triangle
Rental rates from $45-80 per person
City Segway Tours of Washington,
624 9 St., NW
Bike the Sites METRO: Gallery Place/Chinatown
www.bikethesites.com Rental rates: $60 per person
Old Post Office Pavilion, Billiards
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
METRO: Federal Triangle Atomic Billiards
Basic rates: $15/2 hrs; $45/day www.atomicbilliards.com
Rentals include: helmet, bike tube, (202) 363-7665
pump, lock, city map and handlebar 3427 Connecticut Ave., NW
bag. METRO: Cleveland Park
Better Bikes, Inc. Bedrock Billiards
(202) 293-2080 1841 Columbia Road, NW
Rates: $38/ day (202) 667-7665
*Free delivery & pick-up METRO: Adams Morgan
*Fee helmet & locks
*Free map of local trails Buffalo Billiards
Big Wheel Bikes 1330 19th Street, NW
www.bigwheelbikes.com (202) 331-7665
Locations closest to the Center: METRO: DuPont Circle (south exit)
- 1034 33rd Street, NW,
(202) 337-0254 Fast Eddie’s Sports and Billiards
- 2 Price St., Alexandria, www.fasteddies.com
(703) 739-2300 1520 K Street, NW
Basic rates range from: $5/hr (3 hour (202) 638-6800
min.) to $35/day. Weekly and monthly
rates also available.
Thompson Boat Center
2900 Virginia Ave., NW
Basic rates: $7/ hr; $28/day
Consult with the National Parks Service website for more information at:
HIKING AND CAMPING MOUNTAIN AND ROAD BIKING
Cunningham Fall State Park Remember, cycling either on- or off-road is a
Thurmont, MD - (301) 271-7574 lot of fun, but can be a dangerous sport. Make
Adjacent to the NPC Catoctin Mountain Park, sure you wear proper safety equipment such
Cunningham Fall State Park has two portions: as a helmet and gloves at all times. When
The Manor Area and the Houck Area. Within riding off-road, know the level of difficulty for
the 5,000-acre park area are Cunningham the trail and don’t exceed your abilities.
Falls, Maryland’s highest waterfall, trails open Always carry enough water to keep from
to hikers and mountain bikers, a 43-acre lake dehydrating.
and 200 campsites. Directions: take I-270 N to
Frederick, the entrance is five miles on the A couple of great books to check out are:
left. Approx. driving time: 60 min. Mountain Biking Virginia and Mountain Bike
America: Washington-Baltimore, both by Scott
Shenandoah National Park Adams.
Off Route 340 S, Luray, VA - (540) 999-3500
In the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah C & O* Canal Tow Path *(C & O:
attracts visitors form all over the country. The Chesapeake and Ohio)
spectacular Skyline Drive runs the length of C & O Canal National Historical Park
the park and serves as a starting point for (301) 739-4200
many excursions into the park. Over 500 miles Running along the Potomac River for over 180
of hiking trails in this park, plus camping miles, the crushed gravel C & O Canal tow
grounds-call for availability and rates. $10.00 path is nearly level, perfect for a day’s ride or
vehicle entrance fee. Directions: take I-66 W for a weekend-long journey through the
to Route 340S. Approx. driving time: 90 min. states. The path begins in Georgetown near
Thomas Jefferson Street.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Off Route 50, Berlin, MD - (410) 641-1441 Wakefield Park (Fairfax, VA)
This barrier island offers camping right on the Off Braddock Road on the outskirts of Fairfax,
beach, perfect for long weekend vacations in this park has a spectacular trail used for
the spring and fall. It’s also home to the several events each year. Directions: take
famous pony swim. Be sure to bring your Route 50 W to HWY 495 S to HWY 29 into
mosquito repellent! Be aware that this Fairfax. Approx. driving time: 30 min.
highway gets very crowded during the
summer and on weekends. Directions: take Great Falls and Carderock
Route 50, then 611 S and proceed to the 9200 Old Dominion Drive (703) 285-2966
island. Approx. driving time: 3 hrs. Great Falls Park is a National Park on the
Virginia side, and Carderock is on the
Patuxent River State Park Maryland side of the Gorge. It is a great top
11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg, MD- roping site for climbers at all
(301)924-2127 levels. The park isn't just for climbers,
Patuxent River State Park is 6,529 miles of experienced kayakers enjoy the raging white
undeveloped acres in Maryland’s Howard and water of the Potomac and hikers can wander
Montgomery counties, along the Patuxent along the old canal towpath. Mountain biking
River Valley between MD Routes 27 and 97. is allowed in may areas of Great Falls’ 15
There are private trails, which are used by miles of biking trails as well. A $4.00 vehicle
mountain bikers and cross-country skiers in entrance fee is charged on the weekends.
the wintertime. Directions: take Route 50 E to Approximate driving time: 30 minutes
I-97. Approx. driving time: 60 min.
Washington Nationals Washington Wizards
Nationals Park (opened March ’08) Verizon Center
1500 East Capitol St., SE 601 F St., NW, Washington, DC
METRO: Navy Yard Station (green) METRO: Gallery Place/ Chinatown
Tickets range from $7:00 to $90.00 Tickets 202-661-5050 Featuring players
such as Antawn Jamison, Juan Dixon &
Baltimore Orioles Gilbert Arenas, the Wizards are one of
Oriole Park at Camden Yards the most entertaining teams in the NBA.
www.baltimore.orioles-mlb.com Tickets range from $10.00 to $100.
333 W. Camden Street, west of the Group discounts are available.
METRO: Express buses from the FOOTBALL
Greenbelt station, consult website for Washington Redskins
more Information. FedEx Field
Tickets information 888-848-BIRD www.redskins.com
Tickets range from $8.00 to $55.00 Landover, MD
Potomac Nationals Information 301-276-6050
G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium *Waitlist only
7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, Baltimore Ravens
VA M & T Bank Stadium
METRO: no metro access www.baltimoreravens.com
Ticket information 703-590-2311, x215 1101 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD
Tickets are $7.00 to $13.00. METRO: no metro access
Harry Grove Stadium *for ‘Skins and Ravens tix, go to:
21 Stadium Drive, Frederick, MD 21703 www.ebay.com
Tickets: 1-877-8-GO-KEYS www.stubhub.com
Adult ticket prices range from $8.00 to
$11.00 METRO: no metro access HOCKEY
Affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles, the
Keys play A ball in the Carolina League. Washington Capitals
METRO: Chinatown/Gallery Place
Led by Alex Ovechkin the “Caps” are
one of the top teams in the eastern
conference and ’09 champs of the
LOCAL UNIVERSITIES/ LIBRARIES
American University (AU) Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Nitze School of Advanced International
Washington, DC Studies (SAIS)
METRO: Tenleytown, take the AU shuttle 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
202-885-1000 Washington, DC
www.american.edu METRO: DuPont Circle
Catholic University of America (CUA) www.sais.jhu.edu
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC Marymount University
METRO: Brookland/Catholic University 2807 N. Glebe Road
202-319-5000 Arlington, VA 22207
www.cua.edu METRO: Ballston-MU
Gallaudet University www.marymount.edu
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC Trinity College of Washington, DC
METRO: New York Avenue 125 Michigan Ave. NE
202-651-5000 Washington, DC 20017
George Mason University (GMU) www.trinitydc.edu
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA University of the District of Columbia
METRO: Vienna (UDC)
703-993-1000 4200 Connectivut Ave., NW
www.gmu.edu Washington, DC 20008
METRO: UDC-Van Ness
George Washington University (GWU) (202) 274-5000
2121 I (Eye) Street, NW www.udc.edu
METRO: Foggy Bottom University of Maryland (UMD)
(202) 994-1000 College Park, MD
www.gwu.edu METRO: College Park/U of MD
Georgetown University (GU) www.umd.edu
37th and O Streets, NW ________________________________
Washington, DC DC Public Library
METRO: Foggy Bottom/ GWU, take the As a temporary resident of DC, you are
GU shuttle able to obtain a DC public library card at
202-687-0100 no charge (a $12.00 value) during your
www.georgetown.edu stay. There are over 20 branches
located all over the city. The main
branch -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
2400 Sixth Street, NW
METRO: Shaw/Howard University Memorial Library -- is located near the
202-806-6100 Gallery Place/ Chinatown Metro Station
www.howard.edu at 901 G St., NW. To learn more, please
go to: http://www.dclibrary.org/.
RADIO STATIONS AM
540 WGOP Country 88.5 WAMU News/talk (NPR/ American
570 WTNT News/Talk HD
89.3 WPFW Jazz (Pacifica Radio)
630 WMAL Talk 90.1 WCSP C-Span
700 WDMV Business Congressional coverage
90.9 WETA Classical
780 WABS Christian
91.9 WGTS Religious/Christian
900 WILC Spanish
93.9 WKYS Hip Hop
980 WTEM Sports HD 94.7 WARW Classic Rock
1030 WWGB Religious 95.5 WPGC Jams
96.3 WHUR Adult R&B (Howard Univ.)
1050 WFED Federal News
97.1 WASH Soft rock
1120 WUST International
98.7 WMZQ Country
1160 WMET Talk 99.1 WHFS Spanish
99.5 WITH Top 40
1260 WWRC Christian
100.3 WBIG Hit oldies
1450 WOL News Talk 101.1 WWDC DC101 – Rock
1500 WTWP Washington 103.5 WTOP News and Talk
Post Radio HD 105.1 WAVA Religious
1520 WTRI Nostalgia 105.9 WJZW Smooth Jazz
1540 WACA Spanish 106.7 WJFK Talk and Sports
107.3 WRQX Adult Contemporary
1580 WPGC Gospel
107.7 WWWT News and Talk
107.9 WFSI Religious
4th Floor Lounge Entertainment
Two big screen TVs are available in the 4th floor lounge
with DVD player. One is available for gaming.
TV Channels available in the building*:
ABC NBC CBS FOX CSPAN CSPAN2 CNN CNBC
FOX NEWS MSNBC BBC America WETA/PBS FX
TBS Comedy Channel Food Network ESPN Bravo
TNT E MTV UCTV UCDC-TV
*Check with residential services to see if other channels may be available.
N O T E S
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