Above: Martine Charles '14, Stephanie Elko '13 and Christine Lee '13 pose for a photo during their docent-led tour of the National Gallery of Art.
The apartments are very conveniently located on Capitol Hill – one and a half blocks from the Capitol South Metro station, which in turn is directly across the street from the House of Representatives' office buildings.
The Semester in Washington students in 2012 and 2013 lived in an apartment house managed by Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH). We expect to be in the same building in 2014.
The cost in 2013 was $4,550 for the apartment, with an additional $250 application processing fee and $250 security deposit. Apartments are fully furnished, with basic kitchenware along with large, flat-screen cable TV and Internet. Laundry is in the building. Each apartment had a separate living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath, with three students in the bedroom. The cost for 2014 had not yet been set at the time of this writing.
[Editorial comment: Living in the same building makes group study projects and social networking a lot easier. There were also interns from other schools in the same building. Sharing a sleeping room is not great, but the students said afterwards that they thought the great location was well worth the tradeoff.]
For classes (when we are not visiting another location), students walked from their apartments at Second and D Streets Southeast, past the three Library of Congress buildings, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Supreme Court, to the Congressional Apartments on Second Street Northeast, diagonally across from the Senate office buildings.
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