#TuesdayTips: Getting to Know DC

City View day

As we get closer to the start of the Fall 2017 semester, you’ll want to know what’s around Elliott (19th & E) so you can keep yourself entertained while you’re on or around campus!

When you need a break:

  • Graduate Student Forum (GSF): ESIA’s GSF is run by and for the Elliott grad students. They hold events ranging from museum visits, hikes, and of course, Thursday Night Out’s (TNO’s) during the school year! Expect to hear from them on upcoming events after the school year starts!
  • International Affairs Review (IAR): IAR is Elliott’s student-run publication, regularly publishing online articles by Elliott grad students providing commentary, analysis, and discussions with practitioners, academics and policymakers. They also publish a biannual journal with book reviews, interviews, and spotlights by students, pick one up in suite 303 at Elliott!
  • Free in DC: All 16 Smithsonian museums are free, including the zoo! In addition, there are memorials and monuments, great outdoor spaces, and you can take the 80 bus from Elliott to the Kennedy Center to catch their daily, free shows at 6pm!

When you need some food:

  • District House: This place just opened up last semester and has a Chik-fil-A, Sol Mexican Food, Wiseguys Pizza and more! It can get pretty busy during the semester, but luckily there’s also plenty of food trucks…
  • Food Truck Fiesta: DC has seen the food truck scene get pretty wild, and there are always trucks set up around campus. If you aren’t near the library or at the metro, the closest line of food trucks to the Elliott building is near the State Department on Virginia Ave.
  • Whole Foods: The Whole Foods on Campus (22nd & I) has a hot food bar for noodles, sandwiches, pizza, and just about anything else your heart could desire. There’s also a bar with beers on tap or you can choose from their loose bottles. There’s tons of seating inside and a little patio around the entrance, great for people watching.

When you need to get there:

  • WMATA: If you haven’t already, you’ll want to download a DC metro app (i.e  iTransDC) so you know where everything is at and how it’s connected. If you don’t live near a metro station, MetroBus is the best way to get around for $2 and free transfers for up to 2 hours.
  • Rideshare services: Temporary ride services like Car2Go and Maven let you use a car only when you need it. Car2Go has a fleet of Smartcars and Mercedes-Benz’s for you high rollers that you rent by the minute, hour, or day. And you don’t have to pay for parking!
  • Capital Bikeshare:  If you don’t already have a bike with gears (beach cruisers won’t work in this town), a membership with Capital Bikeshare lets you make free, 30-min one way trips anywhere in the city. If your trip is longer than 30 min, just dock at a station, get a new bike, and start a new trip! They also have an app for finding bikes and empty docks.