Campus Life



When you study at GW, your experience will be anything but typical.

You might learn from Pulitzer Prize-winners, run into world leaders on campus, or be challenged by the first lady to serve our community. But the real difference at GW is that as a student you’ll immediately put your knowledge in action. From the heart of Washington, D.C., you’ll be able to explore hundreds of internship opportunities (in your field alone), take part in groundbreaking research that changes lives, join student organizations, and volunteer with fellow students in the District or around the world. If you come to GW, you won’t just live in D.C. — you’ll become a part of the nation’s capital and make a difference in it every day.


Students at the Lincoln Memorial






Washington, D.C., is a part of our campus and adds to your experience every day. As a GW student, you'll make this city your own and motivate others to do the same. Both on-campus and across D.C., you'll drive change and pursue your interests passionately. Whether on Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon or down Pennsylvania Avenue, life at GW is as rich and diverse as the city we call home.





Foggy Bottom Campus

With access to its own Metro station, our Foggy Bottom Campus is in downtown Washington, D.C., covering more than 20 blocks in the center of the city and is just blocks away from the White House, State Department and World Bank, among others. It is where the majority of your classes will be held and puts you just blocks away from internship opportunities, entertainment, national monuments, museums and restaurants.




Mount Vernon Campus

Mount Vernon Campus

A short shuttle ride away from the hustle and bustle of Foggy Bottom, our 25-acre Mount Vernon Campus provides more of a traditional college campus than its downtown counterpart. With six residence halls, athletic facilities, study spaces and academic programs, “the Vern” offers a tight-knit and supportive community for incoming first-year students.






All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus and have the chance to make friends and memories that last a lifetime. Our living options include 25 residence halls and eight Greek townhouses that are designed to be accessible for all of our students.

Campus Living & Residential Engagement






At GW, meal plans are designed to fit your unique needs and provide a complementary experience. With flexibility, convenience, and value in mind, students will have access to unlimited all-you-care-to-eat dining halls. The unlimited meal plans also include a set amount of pre-loaded dining dollars to spend at on-or off-campus dining vendors like GW Deli, Carvings, BeefSteak, or other GWorld Partners.

GW Dining





Student Organizations

While D.C. has a lot going for it, we don’t just rely on the city for culture and community; we have our own! GW students are involved in more than 500 student organizations for every interest under the sun: from Greek life and civic engagement to cultural organizations and social clubs — you name it, you’ll find it. And if not, you can start your own.

Student Organizations




students at game


With 20 NCAA intercollegiate sports and legions of enthusiastic fans in buff and blue, GW plays to our loyal base — as well as in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Not a varsity athlete? You’ll still have plenty of opportunities to get in the game. We offer more than 40 club and intramural sports, from the field to the court and even on the Potomac River. Give anything from ice hockey and rugby to ping-pong a try.

Club & Intramural Sports

GW Sports






GW is home to a vibrant community of scholars and employees hailing from all around the world – we are a truly global university. In our classrooms, research spaces, and offices, we are challenged and strengthened by a diversity of thought, experience, and perspective, enabling us to gain a deeper understanding of the world and our own community.

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Multicultural Student Services Center