USC Price School of Public Policy

Housing and Meal Plans

The USC/GWU Washington Semester program is located on The George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom Campus, located in downtown Washington, DC. The Foggy Bottom campus is the university’s main campus, consisting of dormitories, classrooms, computer labs, gym, libraries, student lounges and numerous dining options.


USC requires that Washington Semester students live in dormitories on the Foggy Bottom campus with other GWU Semester In Washington students. Accommodations range from doubles in traditional dorms to two-bedroom two-bath apartment style quads, complete with kitchen and living room. If students wish to room together, that request will be accommodated as long as each of the students notifies GWU staff of their request.

Housing costs vary depending on location and availability but are typically apartment-style triples and quads in newer dorms such as City Hall and Ivory Tower. For Spring semester 2016 the estimated cost of housing is $6,800 (16 weeks)

Dining Services/GWorld Card

Though the university does not provide meal plans, there are numerous dining options on campus including J Street and Ivory Tower. Washington Semester students are encouraged, but not required, to deposit money on their GW ID card (GWorld Card). The GWorld Card is used for a variety of purposes at GW including building, residence hall and parking access, library privileges, dining services and debit dollars. All of the on-campus dining service facilities accept the GWorld Card for meal purchases. With the Debit Dollars feature, purchases can be made in place of cash, checks or credit cards at select on and off campus locations. Using Debit Dollars allows students to have access to all the necessities of campus life–books, postage, photocopies, prescriptions, health and beauty aids, and food on and off campus. Over 70 locations now accept the GWorld Card. For a complete listing of organizations accepting GWorld, click here:

Getting Around Town

The Foggy Bottom campus is within walking distance of many downtown locations and trendy neighborhoods including Georgetown and Dupont Circle. The campus is serviced by the Foggy Bottom/GWU metro station, which is less than two blocks from most student accommodations. It is very easy to get around the District of Columbia on the metro or via bus. Weekly and monthly metro passes are available. Taxis are also reasonably inexpensive.


The temperature in Washington, D.C. in January, February, and March is approximately 20 degrees cooler than in Los Angeles. It often snows. Students should take warm clothes for the cold weather.

Computer and Email Accounts

Students bringing their own computers will receive free Ethernet cords, to connect to the university network. All Semester In Washington students will receive a GW email account.