About Washington, D.C.
2011 Pennsylvania Avenue is a new facility, recently purchased and completely remodeled by the University; the DC House is the center of the program, with residential facilities, classrooms, and administrative offices. Located just a few blocks from Foggy Bottom and Farragut West Metro stops, this is a perfect location for taking the metro to your internship. The building is just across the street from George Washington University and only blocks from Georgetown. Shopping, restaurants, and entertainment are plentiful, making this a great place to live and work. Four students will live in each fully furnished apartment suite. Amenities include, library, laundry facilities, student lounges, flat screen TVs and cable in each apartment, 24/7 security personnel on site, controlled access entry and more. Where else can you live and be neighbors with the President?
Washington, DC is arranged in quadrants - NE, SE, SW and NW - with the Capitol building at the center of the quadrants. The DC House is located in the Northwest quadrant. Like any city, it has its share of crime. In general, avoid visiting Southeast DC. If you decide to visit this area, it is usually safer during the daytime and in areas nearer to the Capitol.
Capitol Hill - This historic area is well known for its many federal and governmental offices as well as the Library of Congress, and the Capitol. It is located on the Blue and Orange lines at the Capitol South and Eastern Market stations.
Adams Morgan - This diverse and exciting neighborhood is located near Dupont Circle and Kalorama, centered on Columbia Roads & 18th St. NW. It is located on the Red Line at "Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan" and "Dupont Circle" stations. Adams Morgan is an urban area home to many ethnic restaurants and markets.
Dupont Circle - This area, known for its lively urban and cultural life, as well as varied and unique architectural styling, offers a variety of opportunities to take advantage of. Dupont Circle is located along Connecticut Avenue, surrounded by Foggy Bottom to the south, and Adams Morgan to the north. The Metro rail (Red Line) and Metro buses run directly through the area as well.
Foggy Bottom - This area is located along the DC/Virginia border on the Blue and Orange Lines. Foggy Bottom is surrounded by the State Department and the George Washington University (as well as Pepperdine). There are multiple restaurants and stores that stay open later for the large college population around them.
Georgetown - Georgetown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC and served as a major port and commercial center during colonial times because of its prime location on the Potomac River. Today, Georgetown is a vibrant community with upscale shops, bars and restaurants along its cobblestone streets. Many of the homes along the tree-lined streets are 200 year-old restored row houses with beautiful gardens. Georgetown is not accessible by metro, but it is within walking distance of the DC House. Also, the DC Circulator is available for $1.00 per ride, the DC Circulator in Georgetown arrives every 10 minutes, and stays on a circular path around the Georgetown neighborhood.
The Program administration offices are located on the fourth floor of 2011 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Living in Washington D.C.
Arriving in Washington DC
DC group flight participants fly to Washington's Reagan International Airport (DCA) or Dulles International Airport (IAD) . All group flight students will be greeted at baggage claim by the DC Program staff and transported to campus by bus. Flight exempt students should follow the instructions below that follow at their point of entry into Washington DC.
Transportation to Your Facility
By Metro from Reagan National Airport (DCA)
The least expensive option (about $3.00) is to travel by Metro from Reagan National Airport to the DC House. From the National Airport Metro Station, you will take the Blue Line going towards Largo Town Center, and upon boarding, proceed to get off at the Farragut West Metro (exactly 7 stops). After exiting the metro head up I "eye" street, on your way you will pass a Baja Fresh on your right, and after crossing the road, begin to look for the Pepperdine University building on your right, it is directly across from a small park (on the left). If you have any trouble, please call the DC Program Office and we will gladly assist you.
By Shuttle from Reagan Airport (DCA)
There are multiple shuttle options available at the DCA airport. We recommend the Airport Shuttle. The cost for one-way is about $20.00 per person and they will drop you off directly at the building. If you do take the Airport Shuttle, please walk outside and look for them directly in front of your baggage claim area. However, if there is a second curb in front of you, crossover to it and look for them there.
By Taxi from Reagan Airport (DCA)
The easiest and most expensive way to get to 2011 Pennsylvania Avenue is by taxi. The fare from Reagan National will be about $20.00, depending on traffic. Be aware that most taxis do not take credit cards. Depending on traffic, you should plan for about 10- 15 minutes of travel.
Taxicabs are dispatched from convenient locations on the arrivals curb just outside the baggage claim areas of each terminal. Uniformed taxicab dispatchers are stationed at each taxicab dispatch area to assist passengers with selecting a taxicab based on destinations in Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland.
By Metro from Dulles International (IAD)
The Washington Metro currently offers only an express Metrobus, the 5A (towards L'Enfant) from Dulles Airport (about $8.00). Once aboard the bus, exit when arriving at the N Moore St & Rosslyn Station (Orange Line). You will then walk a short distance on N Moore St. From there you will see a metro station (Rosslyn- on the orange line), After boarding the Orange Line towards New Carrollton, exit after 2 stops at the Farragut West metro. After exiting the metro head up I "eye" street, on your way you will pass a Baja Fresh on your right, and after crossing the road, begin to look for the Pepperdine University building on your right, it is directly across from a small park (on the left). If you have any trouble, please call the DC Program Office and we will gladly assist you.
By Shuttle from Dulles International (IAD)
There are multiple shuttle options available at the IAD airport. We recommend the Airport Shuttle. The cost for one-way is about $20.00 per person and they will drop you off directly at the building. If you do take the Airport Shuttle, please walk outside and look for them directly in front of your baggage claim area. However, if there is a second curb in front of you, crossover to it and look for them there.
By Taxi from Dulles International (IAD)
We do not recommend taking a cab from Dulles, since the fare will range from $40.00-
$100.00, depending upon departure times. Riding sharing apps, such as Uber or Lyft, can offer more affordable rides but depending on traffic it will still cost range from $40-$70.
The area code of the District of Columbia is 202. In Northern Virginia it's 703, and in D.C.'s Maryland suburbs, the area code is 301.
Student mail is distributed on the fourth floor of the building.
In the building itself, you will be able to mail envelopes. Across the street from the building there is a UPS store, two blocks from campus is a USPS, and behind the building there is a FedEx/Kinkos.
Classes are generally held Monday through Friday. The classrooms are available for independent study or group meetings and projects when classes are not in session.
The Library is a 24-hour quiet zone set aside for reading, writing, and studying only. There is also a student printer available at your disposal in the library that is free of charge.
Rooms on the DC campus are designed with a young professional in mind. The DC campus rooms are designed similarly to the Rockwell Towers residence hall in Malibu. Two double occupancy rooms connected by a restroom. Each room comes fully furnished and includes a small common space with Cable TV and a kitchenette (microwave, mini fridge, sink, counter top, and dishes).
The student lounges (located on 7th and 8th floors) are for the enjoyment of all students. Each lounge comes with a big screen TV, board games, and a filtered water cooler.
There are two cost-free washers and dryers in each laundry room located on the 7th and 8th floors. Both of the laundry rooms contain an iron and an ironing board. The laundry room also stores yoga mats and grocery carts that are available for student use.
Students receive funds digitally disbursed to a debit account of their choosingto use for meals. On Wednesday evenings, group meals will be provided at different restaurants in the District.
What do you need? What should you leave behind? How will you ever get all of your things into the suitcases the airline will let you check in? The answer to all three of these very valid questions is "Less is definitely more!" Once you arrive in DC, you will have access to many stores and malls that are located near campus. Our recommendation is to pack all of the necessities and your favorite staple items and purchase things that are easily replaceable (i.e shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, etc) or things you begin to need as the term goes by.
What to Take
Since you will be both working and going to school full time you will need to think about packing for life in the office, in the city, and in the classroom. DC is truly a city of all four seasons, this being said it is beneficial to pack clothes in accordance with seasonal changes. In the wintertime, DC temperatures are between the 30s and 40s. For the spring, temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. During the summer, temperatures range between 80 and 100 degrees, and rain is quite often during all four seasons, so a fold-up umbrella is needed.
Typical Luggage Allowance
Airlines usually allow two (2) pieces of checked luggage. The maximum weight of each piece is usually between 50–70 lbs. The total maximum dimension (Length + Width + Height) is approximately 62". There will likely be a charge for each checked bag.
In addition, airlines usually allow one piece of carry-on luggage (with an approximate maximum weight of 13 lbs and a total dimension of 22" x 16" x 8") and one personal item like a purse or a laptop case. Students usually find it useful to take a backpack to use for weekend travel. Should this be your choice, it will be your carry-on and must meet the size and weight guidelines. Expect carry-on luggage to be carefully inspected by airport security.
*AIRLINE RESTRICTIONS VARY. CHECK WITH YOUR AIRLINE FOR THE MOST CURRENT LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE.
A Few Tips
- Avoid over-packing your bag so that the airport security screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection.
- Place identification tags with your name and phone number on all of your baggage, including your laptop computer. It is a good idea to place an identification tag inside your baggage as well.
- Pack one change of clothing and necessary toiletries in your carryon luggage. Suitcases do not always arrive when you do.
- Roll your clothes instead of folding them to save space for purchases bought while in DC.
- For winter students, wear your bulkiest, heaviest shoes and your coat or jacket on the plane so you won't have to pack them.
- Use the space inside your shoes for small items (socks, toiletries, etc.)
- DO NOT pack money, travelers' checks, or credit cards in your checked luggage.
- Save space for your return trip – try to bring one suitcase half full.
- Bed linens will be provided, but not towels.
Two RAs, One male and one female, will be hired and trained by the IP Office prior to departure. RAs are expected to work together with the Program Administration and IP Office to create a strong learning community, maintain Pepperdine standards, and promote the IP mission statement within the group. Through planning events, acting as a leader, and working as a liaison between the students and the Program Staff. RAs are essential for the development of community within the house.
One IP Media Coordinator (IPMC) is hired and trained by the IP Office prior to departure. The IPMCs act as liaisons to the IP Office for collecting photos and video footage from their program. They use this footage to create the end-of-the-semester videos, the Orientation House Tour video, and a 5-minute video to be shown at The Return the following Fall semester. IPMCs are also responsible for creating regular video submissions which will be posted to the Program's Vimeo site.
DC Program Staff Support Student Worker
One student worker will be hired each semester and trained by the DC Program staff upon arrival. This position is designed to assist the Washington DC Program Staff with logistics regarding the Internship program and special events that take place on campus. Students can apply for this position through Handshake.
Service Opportunities occur as and when there is a need. In addition to Pepperdine's Step Forward Day, we will plan days of service throughout each semester.
There are many cultural activities to participate with in Washington DC. The Resident Advisors will work with the program staff to plan events for students to participate in every weekend. In addition, there are multiple opportunities to take in all the city sights, both rural and urban. Upon your arrival, you will be given a checklist and information highlighting many of the 'must see' events, memorials, museums, etc popular to the DC area.
There are multiple churches located in the DC Area, upon your arrival we will provide you with a listing of local congregations.
Places to Visit
Dining out can be quite expensive in DC, however since we are near GWU, there are multiple restaurants that provide reasonably priced food for college students. Upon your arrival, we will provide you with more information and suggestions for dining out locations. We also suggest speaking with alumni of the DC Program for suggestions on where to dine. Additionally, buying your food from a supermarket is a less expensive alternative, Whole Foods and Trader Joes are nearby grocery stores.
Getting Around the City
Students are not permitted to have cars while they are studying in the DC program. The preferred method of transportation is the Metro. The Metro is very extensive and provides you with reliable means of transport within DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Students will receive their first SmarTrip Fare card during orientation. A SmarTrip is a permanent, plastic, rechargeable card used for the Metrorail and local bus. Instead of inserting a ticket, you simply touch the SmarTrip on the exit/entrance fare gates. You are able to add up to $300 on your SmarTrip either at multiple metro stations or online, the cost of a one-way trip is between $1.70-$3.10.
Washington DC is strategically placed where you can explore many historical areas in the northeastern part of the United States. Many students enjoy weekend trips to New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and many more!
There are many places you can visit within a day from DC. Details of the best way to travel to these places is available at the DC House. Options include:
- Mount Vernon
Amtrak Trains depart from DC's Union Station (on the red Metro line). Train information, such as journey times and fares can be found online by visiting www.amtrak.com.
Greyhound buses have the most extensive schedules and routes to plan trips around the country. For more information, please visit www.greyhound.com
Megabus is also another bus option in DC, they provide multiple trips per day. They do not have as many destination options as Greyhound, but they are often a bit cheaper. For more information, please visit www.megabus.com
For direct trips to New York City, the DC2NY bus company provides great fares for $60.00 roundtrip to NY and back to DC. For more information, please visit www.dc2ny.com
Ronald Reagan National Airport
Reagan is the closest airport to the DC house as well as the easiest and cheapest one to get to from the DC House. Simply take the Farragut West or Foggy Bottom metro and get off at the Ronald Reagan National Airport metro stop (on the blue and yellow line). The cost is about $3.00--$6.00 roundtrip. A taxi to Reagan airport costs around $20.00, depending upon departure time.
Dulles Airport is not currently accessible via metro, so your best option to get there is by bus or taxi. The Metrobus 5A (from Dulles) to L'Enfant (about $8.00) is your best means of transport. If you choose to take a taxi, be prepared to pay between $40.00-$100.00, depending upon the time you leave the airport or the DC House.
Visiting Washington D.C.
Housing and Residence Life
Hotels and Hostels
There are many hotels in the vicinity of the DC House. These include:
2019 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
Located on world-famous Pennsylvania Avenue, the Hotel Lombardy beckons travelers who possess discerning tastes - who appreciate the personalized attention and intimate ambiance of a truly unique Washington DC boutique hotel. Showcasing a classic 1920s décor and rich interior design, we've been designated as a Historic Hotel of America. Room prices start at $150 per night.
2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
A refined retreat with a boutique sensibility all its own, the Melrose Hotel offers a luxurious atmosphere for business and leisure travelers with exceptional comforts and customer-focused services in the heart of Washington, DC. State that you are with Pepperdine University and they will offer you our corporate rate. Our contact is Shabnam Bastansiar, ext. 7242.
One Washington Circle Hotel
1 Washington Cir NW, Washington, DC (202) 872-1680
One Washington Circle Hotel is located in the heart of Washington, DC's vibrant Foggy Bottom neighborhood, rooms start from $170.00 USD per night.
Washington DC 1400 M St NW
Washington, DC 20005 (202) 429-1700
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center is a vibrant D.C. hotel that captures Washington, D.C.'s dynamic spirit. Our central location makes it easy to enjoy the top things to do in Washington, D.C. and exciting D.C. events. Rooms start from $139.00USD per night.
1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC
Expect stylish comfort from one of the top Georgetown, Washington DC hotels at Washington Marriott, located in the West End Business District and near the Nation's top attractions. Rooms start from $149.00USD per night.
Guests/Visitors (i.e. non-DC Program Participants) must sign-in on the sheet in the lobby. All visitors are to leave by 1:00AM.
Overnight guests are permitted Friday-Monday with approval by the Program Coordinator. Students will need to submit overnight guest request at least 72 hours before their guest(s) arrive.
Though alumni are not permitted to stay in Pepperdine's International Program facilities, tours may be requested and are dependent upon the availability of the International Program staff. If you are interested in attending an alumni trip held at your International Program site, please contact the Seaver College Alumni Relations Office to find out about upcoming Pepperdine Alumni Travel trips.