Online Housing Search Resources
Students are encouraged to utilize resources such as Facebook groups to be able to successfully find housing. There are a variety of online resources for students to find housing near the Divine Mercy University campus.
Apartmentguide – Clear and simple guide to apartment living through content-rich apartment listings in a user-friendly format with Internet, mobile, and social media solutions.
Apartments.com – Offering renters access to information on more than 1,000,000 available units for rent.
ForRent.com – Empowers renters to find a place to call home—whether it be an apartment, loft, house, townhome, or condo. ForRent.com features extensive listings presented in a clear, easy-to-read format for the ultimate user-friendly searching experience.
Homes.com – Search apartments, condos, townhomes, and homes for rent.
Hotpads – Rental search platform designed with the urban renter in mind.
PadMapper – Making apartment hunting less awful, almost fun. PadMapper plots apartments on a big map and lets you filter for exactly what you want.
RadPad – Find apartments and houses for rent for free! Use Pay with RadPad to pay rent online with Apple Pay or major credit card.
Realtor.com – A trusted rental resource with a wide range of filters that help you curate what you are looking for in terms of pricing, neighborhoods, and amenities, and its listing page gives you scores of information about different neighborhoods, such as schools data and price comparisons.
Rent.com – Students have different needs than retirees or growing families. Rent.com pledges to help you find living for study and play
RentCafe – Detailed property information, such as photos, floorplans, amenities, and schools in the area, without logging in to the site or submitting personal information. You may contact the property, schedule a tour, and apply online on RENTCafé.
Rent Jungle – Online search engine for rental housing developed in response to a gap in the market by helping apartment hunters navigate through the online “jungle” of rental housing and finally get connected easily, pain-free way of finding all rental housing listings in one spot.
Rentable – Renter-friendly way to find an apartment, by through a modern, user-friendly interface to make apartments incredibly easy to find.
Rentals.com – find single-family houses, apartments, condos, and townhouses for rent.
Trulia – Goes beyond the typical listings, by sourcing insights straight from locals and offering over 34 neighborhood map overlays, to give people a deeper understanding of what living in a home and neighborhood is really like. Committed to helping you discover a place where you will love to live and where they will feel more connected to the community and to each other.
Zillow – Real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration, and knowledge around the place to call home, and connecting you with the best local professionals who can help.
Zumper – Modern renting with a mission to make renting a seamless and stress-free experience for everyone. One landlord, listing, and renter at a time.
Factors to Consider
When considering LOCATION:
- How accessible is it?
- Use Google Maps to see how far away the place is from the Divine Mercy University campus.
- DMU is located in Sterling, VA. Ashburn, Dulles, Herndon 10 miles of the DMU campus.
- Is it a safe neighborhood?
- Is it near a grocery store, gym, library, etc.?
When considering PRICE:
- Realize unfortunately that everything in this area is rather expensive.
- Many students experience that it is worth it to pay an extra $50 or $100 per month in order to live closer, making adjustment to the area significantly easier.
When considering ROOMMATES:
- See if any of your incoming classmates are interested in rooming with you or see if there are students starting at the JPII Institute in DC or at CUA looking for roommates.
- Good Sites to search for roommates:
- “DC Area Catholics looking for Roommates” on Facebook
- Catholic Knack
- Housing and Apartments courtesy of the John Paul II Institute
Resources of Religious Students
For Male Religious:
St. Joseph Seminary
Josephite Fathers and Brothers
1200 Varnum Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
St. Joseph Seminary is located in Northeast Washington, DC, just blocks from Catholic University and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The main purpose of the seminary is for the formation of men for service to the Church, as Josephite Priests or Brothers. It includes Pre-Novitiate Formation, Josephite Brotherhood Formation, and Seminarian Formation for those in the Philosophy or Theology program for priesthood. Amenities include: individual rooms, meals, parking, wireless internet, workout equipment, laundry facilities, and shared bathrooms.
Centro Maria Residence
650 Jackson Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Centro Maria was opened as a residence for young ladies between 18 and 29 years of age. Life in the Residence run by the Religious of Mary Immaculate is oriented towards creating a family atmosphere. Centro Maria is located 2 blocks from the Brookland/CUA metro stop. Amenities include single rooms furnished with semiprivate bathrooms, meals, wireless internet connection in several areas of the residence, chapel, TV lounge, communal dining room, library, laundry room, small kitchenettes on each floor (refrigerator, microwave, etc), private parking, and a garden. Rates are $165 per week, with a $75 registration fee.
Rosary House of Studies
1201 Monroe Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
The Rosary House of Studies is the home of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation. They have facilities for housing young women, but space is limited. All rooms are single. Breakfast foods are provided everyday and dinner is provided Monday through Friday. Room and board is $600/mo. Wireless internet access is available. Rosary House is a ten-minute walk from the Brookland/CUA metro stop. One student said it is good if you want a quiet study environment but that it is not good for community and it is not in the safest neighborhood.
Casa Sacri Cuori
1321 Otis Stereet, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Casa Sacri Cuori is a residence run by the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts which offers housing for women studying or working in the Washington, DC area. Rates are for single unconditioned rooms in a smoke-free building. Applications may be made in writing or in person. Amenities include all utilities paid, large common library, cable Internet service in each room, washer and dryer, large chapel, large kitchen with unlimited use, and large common dining room and TV room. Limited maid service. Some parking is available off main road, but is limited. Unlimited phone use in the continental USA. Casa Sacri Cuori is 5 minute walk to the red line metro station and 10 minute walk to Catholic University.
235 Second St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
One hundred twenty residents are housed at Thompson-Markward Hall, which was built in 1931. The women who stay at TMH come to Washington for a variety of reasons. Many are congressional interns and staffers, women seeking or starting jobs, and university graduate students. Thompson-Markwood Hall is located near the Capitol Building. Services Offered:Furnished single air-conditioned rooms, housekeeping services (limited), two multi-unit baths located on each floor, coin-operated laundry, television lounge, living room with fireplace, library, garden, and sundeck. Reservations are required.
Either Male or Female:
International Student House
1825 R St. NWWashington, DC 20009
The International Student House is a non-profit organization which provides a residential experience to a diverse international community of graduate students, interns, and visiting scholars. The International Student House is located in Dupont Circle. Services Offered:Room fees include meals (13 per week), internet, utilities and laundry facilities.
Cheap DC Intern Housing
6801 Baltimore Blvd (Route 1)
College Park, MD 20740
A traditional boarding house located near the University of Maryland campus and the College Park metro station on the Green line. The cozy brick house has 8 bedrooms that share the two bathrooms. Services Provided: Nightly and weekly availability. Each room has a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave and coffee maker are in the hall.
1441 Kennedy St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
The International Guest House is a non-profit house owned and maintained by the Allegheny Conference of Mennonite Church USA. The IGH is run by an all-volunteer staff eager to show the love of Christ through the ministry of hospitality to guests from all over the world. 12 beds in 5 rooms of three-story house in quiet neighborhood, steps from 16th St. bus line. Includes breakfast, 9 pm teatime. No guest pets or alcohol. Services Offered: a small kitchenette, a snack bar, a social recreation room, a free breakfast and tea/cookie time; five guest rooms with 2 or 3 single twin-sized beds. All rooms may be shared with guests of the same gender, but exceptions can be made for couples and families
300 Carroll St, NW
Washington, DC 20012
Hostel just 50 meters from Takoma Park Metro station, options of private room w/shared bath or dormitory style room. The house is a converted Victorian hotel listed on the Register of historic building. It is located in a safe area with no curfews or lockouts. Close to the Takoma Red Line Metro Stop. Services Provided: Internet and Guest phones are provided as well as satellite TV with HBO & Cinemax. A game room and pool table are also available for use. There is a fully equipped kitchen. Linen and blankets can be provided. Parking and Laundry facilities are also available. – good for temp stay while searching for more permanent housing
2700 Cathedral Ave, NW
Washington D.C. 20008
Off Connecticut Avenue, guests of this Washington DC Bed and Breakfast enjoy a world of unique shopping international cuisines and so much more. Only two blocks from the Marriott Wardman Park, the Omni Shoreham Hotel, the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station, and the Washington National Zoo. Services Offered: Large Victorian townhouses, variety of singles and doubles w/shared or private baths, includes breakfast, guest laundry services available on site, iron and ironing boards available, free local calls from lobby area, high speed internet access, food storage available in a shared refrigerator and a microwave, limited street parking maximum of 2 hours, residential street parking permit available.
1126 South Carolina Ave, SE (On Capitol Hill)
Washington, D.C. 20003
Furnished apartments w/Internet, free utilities, phone, laundry, pets & sharing OK. Studios and one bedrooms available. Five minute walk to Eastern Market Metro stop on the Blue and Orange lines. Services Offered: All units have High Speed DSL internet access, local phone, satellite TV with HBO, a washer and dryer, microwave, coffee maker, alarm clock, dishes, utensils, pots and pans, garbage disposal, and linens and towels.
William Penn House
515 East Capital St.
Washington, DC 20003
William Penn House is a Quaker hostel and program center on Capitol Hill. Services Offered: Shared accommodations, linens, towels, living room, library, computer, guest phone, gardens, and some meals. – good for temp stay while searching for more permanent housing
The Brookland Inn
3742 12th St. NE
Washington DC 20017
The Brookland Inn is a newly renovated residence that is located 2 blocks away from the Catholic University/Brookland metro station. Services Offered: One and two bedroom suites with kitchenette, microwave, mini-refrigerator, dining table, and private bathroom.
Adam’s Inn Bed and Breakfast
1746 Lanier Pl. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Adam’s Inn is a Victorian B&B on a quiet residential street. It is located in Adams-Morgan, and is easily accessible to many attractions such as the National Zoo, White House, Convention Center, museums, and galleries. Services Offered: Short walk to metro (Red Line, Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Green & Yellow Lines, Columbia Heights; ½ block to several bus lines), 26 guest rooms, 15 with private bath, free wireless internet access, some meals, Cable TV, DVD, VCR, and pay phones in common areas, air-conditioned rooms, garden patio, guest kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, guest laundry facility, limited garage parking, pet friendly.
Washington, DC Area Hotels
If you are interested in staying in a hotel, the above link will direct you to the DC tourism website for more information about accommodations in the area.
Washington, DC Area Hostels
If you are interested in staying in a hostel, the above link will direct you a website that will aid in your search.
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