First-Year Residence Halls

GW's housing experience contributes to overall academic success, provides greater opportunities for campus involvement, and offers safe and convenient services to residents. Incoming first-year students have a variety of residential living choices located on our two vibrant campuses: Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon.

Clark Hall

Clark Hall (Mount Vernon Campus)

2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Clark Hall, a predominately first-year student co-ed living option on the Mount Vernon campus, offers students traditional style double suites with shared bathrooms.

Clark Hall is directly across the street from Post Hall, one of the academic buildings where classes are held on the Mount Vernon campus, which makes it easy to get to class on time. Fully furnished, each Clark room provides its residents with desks, desk chairs, dressers, and beds. Clark features laundry facilities, a television lounge, and a community kitchen.

Clark Hall is situated between Merriweather and Hensley Halls, allowing a tight-knit community atmosphere to all of the students living in these halls. 1.5% of the freshmen class will live in Clark Hall.

During the 2017 summer, Clark Hall will receive new life safety equipment in the building, including a sprinkler system and new furniture will be installed.

Video of Clark Hall 2-Person Unit

Building Snapshot:

  • Style: Suite Style
  • Year Built: 1945
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Floors: Three Residential

Building Features

  • TV lounge
  • Community Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • MicroFridge in each room
  • Twin XL (80") mattresses in all rooms

Room Size

  • 2-Person Unit with Adjoined Bathroom (70% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit with Common Bathroom (22% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit with Private Bathroom (5% of rooms)
  • Single room with Private Bathroom (2% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet

Cole Hall

Cole Hall (Mount Vernon Campus)

2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Cole Hall houses first-year students in the center of all the action that the Mount Vernon campus offers. Cole residents enjoy traditional double rooms and traditional double suites with shared bathrooms. Mount Vernon's beautiful sports complex is an easy walk across the Quad from Cole Hall. The complex includes outdoor tennis courts, a workout facility, and a seasonal, six-lane outdoor pool. Just next door is Eckles Library, allowing access to 3 different computer labs. Each Cole Hall room comes fully furnished with desks, desk chairs, dressers, and twin beds.

You can also hang out in Cole's community lounge, complete with a TV, or cook dinner with friends in the community kitchen. Laundry facilities are available in the basement. The small size of Cole Hall enables students to develop a tight knit community. Approximately 2% of the first-year class will live in Cole.

In the 2017 summer, Cole Hall will receive new furniture in all rooms.

Video of Cole Hall 2-Person Unit

Building Snapshot:

  • Style: Suite Style
  • Year Built: 1945
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Floors: Three Residential

Building Features 

  • TV lounge
  • Community Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • MicroFridge in each room
  • Twin XL (80") mattresses in all rooms

Room Size

  • 2-Person Unit with Adjoined Bathroom (71% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit with Common Bathroom (18% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit with Private Bathroom (9% of rooms)
  • Single room with Adjoined Bathroom (2% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet

 

Hensley Hall

Hensley Hall (Mount Vernon Campus)

2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Hensley Hall, a predominately first-year co-ed living option on the Mount Vernon campus, has a maximum occupancy of 39 students in a combination of single rooms with a community bathroom, double rooms with a community bathroom, double suites with shared bathrooms. This intimate community is one of GW's best opportunities to say you know everyone who lives in your hall.

Although studying in your room is always an option, Hensley residents are a few steps away from Eckles Library and its study rooms and three computer labs. In each Hensley room, students are provided with desks, desk chairs, dressers, and beds. Hensley features laundry facilities in the basement of the building. The television lounge also contains a billiards table. A community kitchen allows students to cook in their residence hall, or they can grab a bite across campus at the Ames Dining Hall.

1.5% of first-year students will live in Hensley Hall.

In the 2017 Summer, Hensley Hall will receive new life safey equipment, including installation of sprinklers along with all new furniture.

Video of Hensley Hall 2-Person Unit

Building Snapshot:

  • Style: Suite Style
  • Year Built: 1945
  • Number of Residents: 39
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Rooms: 23
  • Number of Floors: Three Residential

Building Features

  • TV lounge
  • Community Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • MicroFridge in each room
  • Twin XL (80") mattresses in all rooms

Room Size

  • 2-Person Unit with Adjoined Bathroom (70% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit with Common Bathroom (20% of rooms)
  • Single room with Private Bathroom (5% of rooms)
  • Single room with Common Bathroom (5% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet


 

 

Lafayette Hall

2100 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

For the 2016-2017 Academic Year, Lafayette Hall accommodates 126 second- and third-year students in the comfort of two-person units (with adjoining bathrooms). Renovated and reopened Fall 2011, Lafayette is one of GW's LEED residence halls. In 2017-2018, Lafayette Hall will be home to first-, second-, and third-year students.

Lafayette is located adjacent to the Marvin Center and across the street from the Shops at 2000 Penn, which features restaurants and retail stores. This building is just two blocks away from most classroom facilities and is a short walk from Pennsylvania Avenue.

Private bathroom facilities are provided in all rooms. Approximately 3% of the freshmen class will live in Lafayette.

Video of Lafayette 2-Person Unit

Building Snapshot:

  • Style: Suite Style
  • Year Built: 1926; Renovated 2011
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Floors: Eight Residential plus Basement

Room Features

  • Community Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities in the building
  • Private bathroom shared by 2 double bedrooms
  • MicroFridge in each room
  • Twin XL (80") mattresses in all rooms

Room Size

  • 2-Person Units with Adjoined Bathroom (47% of rooms)
  • Two Bedroom, 4-Person Units with Shared Bathroom (47% of rooms)
  • Single Units with Private Bathroom  (4% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet

Madison Hall

Madison Hall

736 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Madison Hall has a maximum occupancy of 222 students in two-person, four-person, and six-person units.

Located in the center of campus and next door to Duquès Hall, Madison residents also have the Smith Center athletic facilities and the Gelman Library close by. Madison is also located a short walk away from the Academic Center and Funger Hall, two other academic buildings on the Foggy Bottom campus. Each of Madison's eight floors houses residents with a private bathroom in each room or suite. In 2016, Madison Hall received new furniture.

Madison Hall is home to approximately 8% of freshmen.

Video of Madison Hall 4-Person Unit with Private Bath

Building Snapshot

  • Style: Apartment Style
  • Year Built: 1945
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Floors: Eight Residential plus Basement

Building Features:

  • Kitchen facilities on floors 2-8
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • Private bathroom in each room or suite
  • MicroFridge in each room or suite
  • Lounge in the basement
  • Twin XL (80") mattresses in all rooms

Location

  • Located near 23rd Street & I (Eye) Street

Room Size

  • 2-Person Unit with Private Bath (59% of rooms)
  • 4-Person Unit with Private Bath (21% of rooms)
  • 6-Person Unit with Private Bath (10% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access per room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet
     

Merriweather Hall

Merriweather Hall (Mount Vernon Campus)

2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Merriweather Hall, an all-female first-year and upperclass student living option on Mount Vernon campus, has a maximum occupancy of 43 students in mainly double bedrooms with adjoined bathrooms.

Fully furnished, each Merriweather room offers students desks, desk chairs, dressers, and twin beds. Merriweather features laundry facilities and a television lounge in the basement of the building. A community kitchen allows students to cook in the residence halls and share their favorite recipes from home. On a nice day, students enjoy catching a lacrosse or soccer game on one of Mount Vernon's many athletic fields.

During the 2017 summer, Merriweather Hall will receive update life safety equipment, including the installation of a sprinkler system in addition to all new furniture.

About 2% of freshmen women will reside in Merriweather Hall.

Video of Merriweather Hall 2-Person Unit

Building Snapshot:

  • Style: Suite Style
  • Year Built: 1960
  • Gender: Female
  • Number of Floors: Three Residential

Building Features

  • TV lounge
  • Kitchen facilities in the residence hall
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • MicroFridge in each room
  • Twin XL (80") mattresses in all rooms

Room Size

  • Single Unit w/Private Bathroom (2% of rooms)
  • Single Unit w/Adjoined Bathroom (2% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit w/Adjoined Bathroom (86% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit with Private Bathroom (9% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet
     

 

Mitchell Hall

Mitchell Hall

514 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Mitchell Hall is home to approximately 350 first-year and upperclass in single rooms. Located on the southeast corner of campus, Mitchell is next to Thurston Hall, 1959 E Street, and is only three blocks from the White House. Mitchell Hall was most recently renovated in 2015, with updates to the plumbing, new vanities, and new furniture in all rooms. In rooms with private bathrooms, the bathrooms were updated as well. In the 2016 summer, many units received new fan coil units to improve the air conditioning in the rooms.

All rooms have vanities, microwaves and fridges, and medicine cabinets. Two large bathroom facilities are located on each floor; and all floors but the first floor have kitchen facilities. 

Mitchell's first floor provides upperclass students with single rooms with private bathrooms, microwaves, and refrigerators. 

Approximately 10% of the freshmen class will live in Mitchell Hall.

Building Snapshot:

  • Year Built: 1929
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Floors: Eight Residential plus Basement

Building Features

  • Bike rack/room
  • TV lounge
  • Dance studio/Rehearsal Space in Basement
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • Kitchen facilities on floors 2-8
  • MicroFridge in each room
  • Twin XL (80") mattresses in all rooms

Room Size

  • Single Units w/Private Bath (5% of rooms; typically reserved for upperclass students)
  • Single Units w/Common Bath (87% of rooms)
  • Single Bedroom, 2-Person Units (8% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet

Potomac House

Potomac House

2021 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Potomac House is conveniently situated on GW's Foggy Bottom campus and houses 379 students in the comfort of double rooms. Potomac House is located right in the center of the F Street Corridor, near Thurston, one block from the Elliott School, and only minutes away from the Marvin Center. Potomac House also has a dining venue on the exterior of the building.

Approximately 14% of first-year students reside in Potomac House.

Video of Potomac House Room

Building Snapshot Style: Apartment Style

  • Year Built: 2006
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Floors: 10 Residential plus Basement

Building Features

  • Dining facilitt/restaurant
  • Study Lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • Private bathroom in each adjoined suite or room
  • MicroFridge in each room

Room Size

  • 2-Person Unit w/Adjoined Bath (89% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit w/Private Bath (11% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet
     

Somers Hall

Somers Hall (Mount Vernon Campus)

2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Somers Hall, a first-year student coed living option on the Mount Vernon campus, has a maximum occupancy of 246 students in single rooms, double suites with shared bathrooms and double rooms. Somers is the home to students in the Women's Leadership Program and Politic & Values academic residential community.

A limited number of single rooms offer private bathrooms while double rooms share a bathroom with another double room. Somers features a study room on each floor, a community kitchen and laundry facilities. The lower level has a television, DVD player, and a foosball table, making it a great place to relax and catch up with friends.

Somers ideal location in the center of campus makes it easy to check out the annual Octoberfest celebration and to watch a movie screening on the Quad.

Almost 9% of freshmen students live in Somers Hall.

Video of Somers Hall 2-Person Unit

Building Snapshot:

  • Style: Suite Style
  • Year Built: 1945 (renovations and additional rooms completed in 2002)
  • Number of Floors: Three Residential; ground floor level is 2nd Floor

Building Features

  • TV lounge
  • Kitchen facilities in the residence hall
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • MicroFridge in each room

Room Size

  • Single Unit w/Private Bathroom (2% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit with Adjoined Bathroom (95% of rooms)
  • 2-Person Unit with Private Bathroom (3% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet

Thurston Hall

Thurston Hall

1900 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Thurston Hall has a maximum occupancy of 1,116 first-year students in a limited number of two- or three-person units, and in rooms of four to six students each. Four, five and six person units are the most common room sizes. Each room has a private bathroom.

Thurston Hall, the largest first-year residence hall on the Foggy Bottom campus, offers students numerous amenities under one roof. Students living here enjoy television and piano lounges, as well as academic study space. In 2015, a kitchen was added in the basement common area of Thurston Hall and in 2016, all rooms received new furniture.

40% of all first-year students will live in Thurston Hall.

Video of Thurston Hall 4-Person Unit

Building Snapshot:

  • Year Built: 1929
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Floors: Nine Residential plus Basement

Building Features:

  • TV lounge
  • Piano lounge
  • Study Lounge in basement
  • Laundry facilities on each floor
  • Community Kitchen
  • Microwave & Refrigerator or MicroFridge in each room
  • Private bathroom in each room
  • Twin XL (80") mattresses in all rooms

Room Size:

  • 2-Person Units with private bath (15% of rooms)
  • 3-Person Units with private bath (13% of rooms)
  • 4-Person Units with private bath (55% of rooms)
  • 5-Person Units with private bath (3% of rooms)
  • 6-Person Units with private bath (12% of rooms)

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each room
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet
     

West Hall

West Hall (Mount Vernon Campus)

2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

West Hall opened in the Fall of 2010 as George Washington University’s first LEED residence hall and campus life center on the Mount Vernon campus. West Hall houses 287 first-year and upperclass students, in single and double bedrooms in 4-person units.

Living at West Hall provides students access to an in-house fitness center, state of the art recording studios, individual rehearsal space, as well as laundry facilities located on each floor, and more than 10 student study rooms. For those students interested in the fine arts, West Hall also provides students with a black-box theater and an art studio.

Immersed in beautiful greenery, West Hall encompasses a courtyard that provides students with ample outside areas where they can study or socialize while enjoying great food from the dining hall. Overlooking the beautiful tennis courts and athletic fields, West Hall offers residents quick access to the Mount Vernon Shuttle. It's also a short walk to the soccer/lacrosse field where you can watch GW's varsity teams or you can enjoy a pickup game of your own.

Approximately 10% of the freshmen class will live in West Hall.

Video of West Hall Single Bedroom, 4-Person Unit

Building Snapshot

  • Style: Suite Style
  • Year Built: 2010
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Number of Floors: Four Residential Floors, two Basement levels

Building Features

  • TV lounge
  • Multimedia studios
  • Black box theater
  • Numerous study spaces
  • Dining facilities
  • Kitchen facilities in the residence hall
  • Laundry facilities in the residence hall
  • MicroFridge in each suite

Room Size

  • Four Bedroom, 4-Person Units (94% of rooms)
  • Double Bedroom, 4-Person Units (6% of rooms)
  • West Hall is made up of 4-Person Units with either 4 single bedrooms or 1 double and 2 single bedrooms.

Technology

  • Cable TV access in each suite
  • Individual High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Internet