Residential Neighborhoods and Hubs

Community across campus.

your Residential Neighborhoods


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East Commons

One can typically find East Commons residents hanging out in Potomac Square studying, spending time with friends, or buying food from the  Potomac Square food trucks! East commons living also offers spectacular views from our rooftop lounges located in two of our six residence halls! Conveniently located near the Elliot School of International Affairs many of our International Affairs majors call East Commons home. Although East Commons houses the highest percentage of first-year students on the Foggy Bottom Campus, East Commons is home to both upperclass and first-year students. 

Residence Halls:

1959 E Street

FSK Hall

Mitchell Hall

Thurston Hall - Neighborhood Hub Location



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North Village

One can commonly find North Village residents hanging out in Kogan Plaza which offers shaded study pavilions and many great places to just relax or spend time with friends or throwing a frisbee in University Yard. North Village also is home to many of our most popular restaurants on campus. On the academic side of things, North Village residents are closest to the Gelman Library and the School of Media and Public Affairs! Located on the Foggy Bottom Campus both upperclass and first-year students live in North Village. 

Residence Halls: 

District House - Neighborhood Hub Location

Lafayette Hall 

JBKO - Neighborhood Hub Location



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South Square

One can often find South Square residents catching some fresh air in Anniversary Park or hanging out in their full amenity residence halls. South Square is an upperclass and first-year neighborhood on the Foggy Bottom Campus. South Square residents are conveniently located near the GW School of Business. Students can also catch some great views from the 10th floor of Shenkman Hall or travel one block to visit the Gelman Library.

Residence Halls: 

2109 F Street

Building JJ

Guthridge Hall

International House 

Potomac House - Neighborhood Hub Location

South Hall - Neighborhood Hub Location

The Dakota

Townhouse A



West Way

West Way

One can regularly find West Way residents attending one of our NCAA Division I athletic events or hitting the gyms themselves. West Way is closely located to the GW Smith Center, and the Lerner Health and Wellness Recreation Center. Academically, West Way is right around the corner from the GW Science and Engineering Hall and the School of Medicine. West Way is home to both upperclass and first-year students and is located on our Foggy Bottom Campus

Residence Halls:

Amsterdam Hall

Fulbright Hall

Madison Hall - Neighborhood Hub Location

Shenkman Hall - Neighborhood Hub Location


The Vern

The Vern

One can find residents on The Vern spending time outside enjoying beautiful green spaces that make up the neighborhood such as "The Quad." When studying, students on The Vern have access to the Eckles Memorial Library. To destress, many Vernies will watch soccer or softball games, as our NCAA Division I teams have their home fields right outside the residence halls. The Vern is primarily a first-year-only residential neighborhood located on the Mount Vernon Campus

Residence Halls:

Clark Hall 

Cole Hall 

Hensley Hall 

Merriweather Hall 

West Hall 

Somers Hall 

*The Mount Vernon Campus Neighborhood Hub is located in the main level of the Webb Building


Neighborhood Hubs

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Each of our five residential neighborhoods has at least one Neighborhood Hub location.  At these hubs, student staff known as Operations Assistants are staffed waiting to offer assistance to GW residents.  Need a screwdriver?  Boardgame?  Need to check out a blue cart to carry in groceries or a particularly bulky package from Mail and Package Services?  Our neighborhood hubs are here to help.  Located centrally in each neighborhood, the hub site is a place that our residents can go to get the help they need and to build community with their fellow members of the neighborhood.  Items to check out include kitchen utensils, technology needs, office supplies, blue carts, board games, cleaning supplies, tools, and single-use health supplies.

2023 - 2024 Foggy Bottom Hub Locations & Hours

Academic Year: Daily, 5:00pm - 12:00am

East Commons: Thurston Hall Front Desk

North Village: District House H St. Lobby & JBKO Lobby

South Square: South Hall Lobby & Potomac House Lobby

West Way: Madison Hall Lobby & Shenkman Hall Front Desk

2023 - 2024 Mount Vernon Hub Location & Hours

Academic Year: Daily, 5:00pm - 12:00am

Closed on three days weekends, and holidays. Hours may vary during Winter and Spring closing.

Location: Webb Building, Main Level

Community Engagement Assistant (CEA) Spotlight

OA Siphia Martinez-Tohmi

"My favorite part of being a CEA is being able to decorate the residence hall lobbies! My hope is that students feel like they are coming into a place where they feel at home and it makes me happy to hear them get excited when they see the decorations. This allows me to stay connected and engaged with my fellow peers. As a college student, life can get stressful but I am glad to be a part of a team that is making a positive impact on the GW community."

Sophia Martinez-Tohmi (she/her)
Marketing Major
Class of 2025

"My favorite thing about being a CEA is that I get to meet so many incredible people through my job! I have made impactful connections with coworkers, neighbors, and others in the GW community, allowing me to make some amazing friends throughout the process. Becoming more involved on campus through the CLRE has been extremely rewarding and has helped me feel more connected to the school and to my peers."

Kendal Furman (she/her)
International Affairs Major
Class of 2025

Kendal Furman



Visit our Hub Events 

About once a month, each of our neighborhood hubs will host a hub engagement event, encouraging students to stop by the desk for grab-and-go items. These hub events provide a great opportunity for residents to connect with the Community Engagement Assistants and learn more about what support the CEAs can provide, and allow for our CEAs to build a stronger community with the residents of the neighborhood.

Events are often held on national holidays or the changing of the seasons, and will often have free snacks, crafts, or activities that students can participate in while stopping by the desk. Previous hub events have included National Pretzel Day celebration, card making and stamps for the holidays, DIY Gratitude Turkeys, Treats for Finals, and much more! Be on the lookout for more hub engagement events on Engage, and be sure to stop by your friendly neighborhood hub for the next one!

View Upcoming CLRE Events


Who are Community Engagement Assistants?

Community Engagement Assistants are undergraduate students who are hired by Campus Living & Residential Education. They work at the 9 neighborhood hubs across the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses to have a presence in residence halls, help to answer questions, connect students to neighborhood resources, and plan and promote events in the residence halls and across campus.

Where can I find an Community Engagement Assistant?

Operations Assistants can be found at the 9 neighborhood hubs on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses. There are two hubs in each residential neighborhood on the Foggy Bottom Campus and one hub on the Mount Vernon Campus. The locations for the 2023-2024 academic year are:

East Commons: Thurston Hall
North Village: JBKO Hall and District House
West Way: Madison Hall and Shenkman Hall
South Square: Potomac House and South Hall
Mount Vernon Campus: Webb Building

What hours are the neighborhood hubs open?

The Foggy Bottom Campus Hubs are open 7 days a week from 12:00 pm -12:00 am. While the Mount Vernon Hub is open 7 days a week from 4:00 pm-10:00 pm. Hubs are closed on three-day weekends and holidays. Hours also may vary during Winter and Spring closing.

How long can an item be checked out?

Most items are available for check out for 24 hours with the exception of medical supplies as most items are single-use and not returnable. Blue carts can be checked out for 3 hours at a time.

What supplies are available at a neighborhood hub?

There are many different types of supplies available at the hubs. Each hub has the following:

Blue Carts, Board Games, Technology Needs, Office Supplies, Cleaning Supplies, Tool Kits, Kitchen Utensils, First Aid, and Sexual Health Supplies

Is there an item you think would be useful at the hubs? Contact your Community Coordinator and let them know!

What if the item I need is not available? Can I be notified?

If the item you are looking to checkout is not available, it has likely been checked out to another student.

All of our items are available for a 24-hour checkout period (with the exception of blue carts, which can only be checked out for 3 hours), so the item you are looking for should be returned by the next day.

You can ask the Community Engagement Assistant to take down your name and phone number to be contacted when the item is returned and is available to be checked out.

You may also visit another neighborhood hub to see if the item is available there. 

What do I do if I need maintenance or repair work done? Is there a phone number for emergencies?

For any non-emergency maintenance or repair work, you can submit a FixIt

If it is an emergency you can call the 24/7 emergency facilities line at 202-994-6706 option 2.

Where is Lost and Found?

There is a lost found located on each residential campus. 

Foggy Bottom Campus

Support Building (2025 F Street NW, Suite 101) - 9:00am-9:00pm

Mount Vernon Campus

Webb Building (2100 Foxhall Rd NW Washington, DC 20007) - 9:00am-6:00pm

I cannot find my GWorld card. What should I do?

If you think your Gworld card is lost you should log in to your online card account to place a hold on your account. 

Contact the GW Police Department and the Gworld office to see if your card was turned in. 

To retrieve a replacement card visit the Gworld office (located in the University Student Center) where you can purchase a replacement Gworld card. 

Do I need to bring my Gworld or ID to check out hub items?

Yes, your GWorld ID is required to check out any item from the neighborhood hubs.

What happens if I lost a hub item or don’t return it on time?

First overdue notice: Email/phone call notification
Second overdue notice: Email/phone call and CLRE professional staff notified
Third overdue notice: Monetary charge added by Community Coordinator (Charge will not exceed $50 - if item comes back once charged, CLRE will remove the charge). 

Can I report an incident to a Community Engagement Assistant?

Yes, you can report an incident to an Community Engagement Assistant.

The CEA will connect you to appropriate resources depending on this incident - such as the Community Coordinator of your residence hall, the Administrator on Call of your neighborhood, the FixIt online system, or the emergency facilities line. 

Can a Community Engagement Assistant help me get in contact with professional staff after hours?

Yes, the Community Engagement Assistants can help connect you to the Community Coordinator of your residence hall or to an Administrator on Call after hours and over the weekends.

If you have a question or concern that does not require immediate support, the Community Engagement Assistant may provide you with the contact information for your Community Coordinator, who will respond to you during the next business day.

Each residential neighborhood has a team of staff who serve on-call for that community.  Students receive their neighborhood’s on-call number through email communication, building meetings, and it is prominently displayed on the digital display in the lobby of the residence halls on campus.

The battery to my door is dead. Can a Community Engagement Assistant help with this?

Community Engagement Assistants cannot replace batteries in individual room tap readers, but they can help you through the process of how to get the batteries replaced. 

If your tap reader is not functional you should always visit your campus's key depot, to pick up a physical key.

I am locked out of my room. Can a Community Engagement Assistant help with this?

If you find yourself locked out of your room, please go to Key Depot at 2025 F St to pick up a physical copy of the key to your apartment. Key depot is open 24/7. Operations Assistants do not have keys to student rooms.

I am having food delivered via DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, etc. Can the Community Engagement Assistants accept the delivery for me?

Community Engagement Assistants are not able to accept food or other items from delivery drivers on behalf of residents. If you order food or other items to be delivered, please include a phone number that the delivery driver can use to call or text you once they have arrived to campus. You should also make a note when placing an order that delivery drivers should wait outside of the building with your order. They should not enter the residence halls and leave food or other items in the lobby of the building.

I am having a non-GW guest come to visit. Do I need to sign them in with a Community Engagement Assistant?

Under CLRE’s current guest policy, visiting hours for outside guests are Sunday - Thursday from 7 a.m. - 10 pm, and Friday - Saturday from 10 am - 2 am. Guests do not need to be signed in with a Community Engagement Assistant. Please remember that all guests must be escorted by their host at all times.