D.C. Area Info

Local Information

Helpful Links for New Washingtonians!

Moving to a new area can be fun yet stressful, especially for recent grads. 

To help alums moving to the area, we’ve put together the following list of ways to find apartments and roommates, to get around D.C., and other important information.

Of course, if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at communications@umdc.org, or post a question on our Facebook page.  
In order to help alums moving to the area we’ve put together various sites that should be of use, no matter what your station in life.

Moving to Washington, DC Wiki

FINDING SOMEWHERE TO LIVE (AND PEOPLE TO LIVE WITH)

craigslist
PadMapper
Apartments.com
VeryApt
Zillow
Trulia

FINDING A JOB

Washington Post Jobs
Indeed.com
Idealist.org - Mostly Non-profit Jobs
Roll Call Jobs
 - Capitol Hill and Political Jobs
Brad Traverse Jobs
 - Capitol Hill and Political Jobs
Hail It Forward
 - Alumni Association job service
University of Michigan Alumni Association LinkedIn Group

GETTING AROUND

Public Transportation:

The Washington, D.C. area has great public transportation. Check out the links below for help in getting around!

WMATA (Metrobus and trains)
The D.C. Circulator
ART (Arlington Transit)
DASH (Alexandria)
Ride-On (Montgomery County, MD)
MARC Train (Maryland, DC to Baltimore)

Other ways to get around:

Capital Bikeshare
ZipCar
car2go 

Make sure to get the following iPhone/Droid apps:

DC Metro Transit-Free (Droid)
iTrans DC (iPhone)
DC Rider (iPhone)
Parkmobile (for both iPhone and Droid): pay parking meters via phone

Have a car?

You must register and title it where you live (unless you have a military, student, or other exemption). Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia all impose fines if you fail to do this within the specified deadline. Check the following sites for information on your specific jurisdiction:

Virginia (deadline: 30 days)
District of Columbia (deadline: 30 days)
D.C. Reciprocity permit for students, military, or Capitol Hill staff
Maryland (deadline: 60 days)

**Want to show your Michigan pride? consider our collegiate license plates for D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

THINGS TO DO

Washington Post Going Out Guide
DCist
Prince of Petworth (PoP)
D.C. Calendar
D.C. Metromix
The Washingtonian
ARLnow.com (Arlington)
Visit My Baltimore

HAVE A QUESTION OR WANT TO CONNECT WITH OTHER ALUMNI?

Here are some good places to ask your questions and connect with other alums. If they seem a bit quiet, get the convo going!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Instagram

Do you know of a link helpful to fellow alums relocating to D.C.? If so, please share it with us at communications@umdc.org.