Individuals - What to Pack

Empty residence hall room

All residence halls are partially furnished with

  • Twin-xl size bed
  • Desk & chair
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Refrigerator and microwave
  • Internet
  • Laundry facilities - credit card and coin operated during the summer

Items to Bring

Individuals should consider bringing the following items, as they are not provided by GW Housing:

  • Kitchen appliances and utensils. In-suite and community kitchen supplies are not furnished by the university
  • Residents are encouraged to bring a desk or floor lamp to supplement in-room lighting
  • Standard twin-xl sheets, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, washcloth, and towels
  • Power outlet strip (surge-protected only)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Television
  • Cleaning supplies

What Not to Bring

We invite you to bring items that will make your stay enjoyable, but the following items are prohibit. The Office of Environmental Health & Safety maintains an exhaustive list of prohibited items

  • Additional furniture
  • Pets, unless approved as an assistance email
  • Non- surge protected extension cords
  • Halogen lamps
  • Kitchen appliances in rooms without a kitchen
  • Candles and Incense
  • Flammable liquids
  • Explosives, including fireworks
  • Weapons, including switch-blade and butterfly knives, spears, swords souvenir weapons or chemicals
  • Firearms, including ammunition, tasers or pellet/BB/air/paintball guns
  • Alcohol, if underage
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia

To ensure you are healthy and safe during your stay, the Campus Living & Residential Education team will either lock or confiscate prohibited items found during inspections.

DC Resources

DC Metro

Foggy Bottom is served by the Orange, Blue, and Silver Metro Lines and over 13 Metro Bus Routes. 

DC Rider for Iphone

The authoritative D.C. Metro app, from The Washington Post, for train arrival times for each station.

DC Rider for Android

The authoritative D.C. Metro app, from The Washington Post, for train arrival times for each station.

WP Going Out Guide

D.C area events, nightlife, and dining curated by the Washington Post. A great source of what to do and where to go each week.

Capital Bikeshare

The bicycle sharing system that serves the DC area. Single tip, daily passes, and 30-day memberships available.

National Mall & Memorial Parks

Just minutes from campus, explore some of the nations most iconic monuments and historic sites.


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