Frequently Asked Questions
How far is the Capitol? The capitol is about 3 blocks from our location, about a 5-7 minute walk.
What is the closest Metro (subway) stop? The closest stop is Union Station, two blocks away. It is about a five minute walk.
Is there parking available? No, we do not offer parking for our residents. Due to the rapidly changing locations and pricing of nearby garages and lots, we do not have recommendations of where to pay to park nearby. However, you can obtain a reciprocity parking permit through DC: http://dmv.dc.gov/book/vehicle-fees/parking-permit-reciprocity (the temporary DC resident is the best option for your stay).
Is there a nearby grocery store? Yes, there are several nearby options within a short walk. Upon move in, you will receive a packet of information, including maps and directions to nearby amenities you may need during the course of your stay.
Is there a kitchen? Each efficiency is quipped with a kitchen, including a dishwasher, refrigerator, sink, microwave, microwave oven, and a coffee maker.
Is there an oven? No, we do not have ovens in the units, however electric countertop cooking devices (such as a crock pot, electric skillet, or rice cooker) are permitted. You may wish to bring these.
Is it a suite style bathroom? There is one bathroom per room.
Can I live in a single? We do not offer any singles – all of our units are two to three person efficiencies. The average age of our residents is 23; however, we have residents ranging into their late 20s. Our building is focused on building community and providing networking opportunities among conservative interns. Given this goal, and the overall satisfaction of past residents, we continue to structure the units with multiple occupants.
What size linens should I bring to Johnson/what size are the beds? Technically, the beds are designed to fit either Twin or Twin XL sheet size, but we recommend XL to be certain they will fit well.
How much closet space is available? While the layout varies from room to room, each unit’s closet boasts 6+ feet of hanging space in addition to under bed dressers.
What else is provided in my room? View our amenities checklist here.
Are there a washer and dryer available in the Johnson Building? Yes, in the basement level. It costs $1.00 to wash and $1.00 to dry (quarters only). They are large capacity units and do not require HE detergent, although HE detergents work fine.
Is there a gym available to interns? Yes, there is a gym located in the basement level available for resident use during set hours on nights and weekends.
What equiptment is in the gym? Two story fitness center facility features multiple cardio machines on the top level including, treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bike, and an arc trainer as well as a cable machine with assorted handles. The lower level features a Smith machine, leg curl, chest press, and free weights.
Is there free Wi-Fi? Yes, wireless internet is included in your rent. We offer a high speed, redundant internet connection via Wi-Fi throughout our property. Internet access is also available in-room via Ethernet port, if preferred.
Can I use my own airport, router or WAP? No, due to the structure of our WiFi, using one of these devices in our building will impair the wireless internet access for the other residents.
Do we need to bring or buy cleaning supplies? There is a cleaning supply closet that interns have access to during the duration of their stay in the Johnson Building which provides basic cleaning items including a mop, vacuum, and generic cleaning spray. You may wish to bring items such as a Swiffer, Clorox wipes, etc. You are also responsible for your own paper products such as paper towels and toilet paper.
Can I move in early? Due to the nature of our program, we are unable to accommodate any move ins prior to our pre-scheduled check in date unless application specifically stated otherwise.
If I am unable to pay 50% upfront, can I pay monthly? We are unable to offer monthly payment due to the structure of our program, however if you are unable to make the 50% payment upfront, please email the administrator with specific details to help find an alternative payment solution. The contact address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can my school or university pay directly for housing or does the payment have to come from me, the resident? Yes, we can accept checks on your behalf from either your school, scholarship, or someone other than you. If the check is from a third party, please ensure your name is included in the memo line.
What if I cannot afford your housing? We work to find solutions for as many residents as possible. Please email the administrator with specific details so we can work to find a possible solution. The contact address is: email@example.com
Can I have overnight guests? Overnight guests are permitted, up to two guest per resident for no more than three nights per visit. Guests are approved by the RAs and require the signed consent of all roommates. Approval for the guest should be requested prior to travel plans being arranged.
What can I expect check in day to look like? Check in takes place from 10-4 -- you arrive during that time, complete additional paperwork required by DC, are welcomed by our team of RAs who take you to your room to allow you to get settled. Later that evening, we have our orientation, which includes a formal tour of the building, introductions among the residents, and is followed by a dinner and fellowship.
Where can I unload on check in day? There will be parking spaces available and marked by cones in front of our building on Massachusetts Avenue. Once you unload, our team of RAs can direct you to a parking lot where your car can stay for the rest of the day.
How does the mailing system work? Our mail functions as a business, so it is only Monday-Friday delivery and often delayed a day since it is sorted through a processing facility, not delivered directly like residential mail. Therefore, the package will be received, signed for, and stored in a locked closet. You will be given a key to your mailbox upon arrival when room keys are distributed to check letter mail. Since we do not have weekend delivery, we recommend aiming for your boxes or other urgent mail to arrive by the previous Wednesday or Thursday to ensure you will have them prior to the weekend.
Can I ship items ahead of time? It is possible to mail items ahead of time. The address needs to be written as:
Full Name – Fall 2017 Intern (Update for the semester and year of your stay)
208 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Apt. ___
Washington, DC 20002
However, some restrictions do apply when shipping mail. You may not ship boxes prior to the month you move in. i.e. if your internship starts January 13th, you may start shipping boxes at the beginning of January at the earliest.