10 Youth Hostels and Student Housing in Washington, DC

Where to Find the Best Student Accommodations in Washington DC

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Youth hostels provide affordable housing in the Washington, DC area and are ideal places for the young and single to stay when they are visiting or new in town. Hostels provide cheap sleeping accommodations, as well as kitchens, wash rooms, and laundries. They are a great alternative to staying in a hotel room or signing a long-term lease on an apartment. Most rooms are dormitory-style, although some private rooms may be available.

Many are located convenient to Washington, DC downtown attractions. 

Read these descriptions and then click on the links to read traveler reviews and compare prices on TripAdvisor.  (Listed in alphabetical order)

Capital Comfort Hostel - 1610 7th Street NW, Washington DC (877) 889-6499. Located in the popular Shaw neighborhood.the hostel offers rooms to accommodate 2, 4, 6 and 8 persons. There is a shared kitchen and lounge, laundry and lockers. 

Capital View - 301 I Street NW, Washington DC (202) 450-3450. Affordable dorm-style or private bedroom setting with locations just a few blocks from the Chinatown and Convention Center. There is a rooftop patio, pool and jacuzzi. 

Capitol City Hostel - 2411 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC. The accommodations are dormitory- style and located about 2 miles from the heart of Washington, DC, about a 15 minute bus ride.

DC Lofty - 1333 11th St. NW, Washington DC (202) 506-7106.

The property offers affordable and luxury housing options in a convenient location near Logan Circle. 

Duo Housing DC - 1223 11th St NW, Washington DC (202) 640-3755. Located near the Washington Convention Center, the award-winning hostel has all new bathrooms, a new media room and a rooftop deck. Free breakfast is included.

 

Hostelling International Washington, DC - 1009 11th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 737-2333. The recently renovated hostel offers dormitory style, affordable accommodations in clean, spacious, air-conditioned rooms. Guests can participate in daily activities, tours, and events that are designed to help them get to know other travelers and explore the city like a local. Free continental breakfast is provided. Groups of 10 or more can take advantage of special programs.

International House of Washington - 1110 6th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 650-9173. Located near Mount Vernon Square and the Washington Convention Center, the hostel provides student accommodation lodging for students. Private rooms are available. Free breakfast is provided. 

International Student House - 1825 R Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 232-4007.  The property offers a residential experience to a highly diverse international community of graduate students, interns, and visiting scholars. It promotes inter-cultural dialogue, encourages life-long connections, and fosters global citizenship. Room rates are per month, per person and include meals, Internet, utilities and laundry facilities.

Washington International Student-Center - 2451 18th Street NW, Washington, DC (800) 567-4150, (202) 667-7681.

The dormitory-style accommodations are located in the heart of Adams Morgan, near shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Private rooms are also available. Free pick-up is provided from Greyhound and Amtrak stations. Free breakfast, air conditioning, kitchen facilities and lockers. 

William Penn House - 515 East Capitol St SE, Washington, DC (202) 543-5560 This is a Quaker seminar and hospitality center with shared accommodations located on Capitol Hill. Rooms are shared with 4-10 beds per room. The William Penn House works to engage people from all walks of life with issues of peace, social justice, and environmental awareness, through inward reflection, service, education, and community building.

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