The immediate rewards of participation in an NEH summer institute are those of contributing to a dynamic and challenging intellectual community. It is a demanding and exhilarating experience. The intensity makes it all the more important, then, that you have a comfortable place to lay your head at the end of the day. To that end, the Institute is dedicated to offering an option for summer housing in the Washington area that is economical, convenient, clean, quiet, and safe. Meeting all these requirements is no easy task. But the best solution that we have found in Washington, DC, is a group reservation for apartments on The George Washington University campus. The lodging at GWU has thus far proven to be the most viable solution for affordable, short-term, furnished lodging for our college-teacher participants in NEH summer institutes.
For summer 2010, we are making arrangements to house our group at “1959 E Street” at GWU. The 1959 E Street Residence Hall features apartments with a quad-style layout that we will book as doubles. Thus, two participants will share a kitchen and common living area, but each participant will have a private bedroom and bathroom.
N.B.: prospective applicants returning to this page will notice that we had originally made reservations at a building called The Aston, but it will be unavailable during summer 2010.
If you want to live on the NEH stipend for the time you spend at the institute, you will want to consider this option seriously. The projected summer 2010 rate for a single-occupancy room at 1959 E Street is $88 a night, for a total sum of just over $3,000. This leaves almost $1,000 for travel and living expenses during the five weeks of the summer institute. You should expect a clean but spartan room in a building that will be shared with professional-program interns and graduate students during the summer. Most amenities--including library privileges--that can be found on a college campus in summertime will be available to participants. (While GWU’s gym facilities will be closed in summer 2010, there are other, private gyms one may join in the DC area.) 1959 E Street is located on the southeastern corner of GWU’s campus, away from summer undergraduate programs and students. From the address, you are within walking distance of stations on the Washington Metro system that will connect you to Capitol Hill by either the Red line (to Union Station) or the Orange/Blue line (to Capitol South).
If, for whatever reason, you require more than a single room, you may want to examine summer sublets. We will survey local faculty members and Capitol Hill neighbors, and alert the group of any opportunities we may find. You should know, however, that many of these options are going to start at approximately $3,000 a month, and you may need to rent for a period of six to eight weeks, for a total that can easily equal or exceed the NEH stipend. To browse some possibilities in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, please consult the Capitol Hill Stay site: http://www.capitolhillstay.com/
You may know that the Folger Shakespeare Library owns a limited number of nearby apartments for rental to scholars. You may think that this will be an option for the summer. However, priority consideration for rental of these units is given to Folger fellows, and the summer months are very attractive for their research stays. In the unlikely event that there is availability in Folger housing, we will alert our participants and whatever units are available will be rented to members of our group on a first-come, first-served basis.
Your comfort for the summer is important to us. Please don’t hesitate to ask for more information about these lodging options.
Capitol Hill Stay