Streets are cluttered with poster frames and teary parents as students move into the many college campuses around Washington DC, but you don’t have to pay tuition to enjoy the new school year vibe. Here are the top 5 things to do in Washington to feel like a student in DC:
1) Walk through the Foggy Bottom neighborhood and you’ll inevitably run into the George Washington University campus without even realizing it. Froggy Bottom Pub (2021 K Street NW) is the much-loved neighborhood gathering spot, with decent food and cheap drinks aplenty. Celebrate the new location – students helped keep it afloat when its original home was redeveloped.
2) For a meal, coffee and history rolled into one, join Howard University students at Sankofa Café (2714 Georgia Avenue NW). Browse the bookstore while you wait for your food, and be sure to try anything with salmon – it’s a Sankofa specialty.
3) The cost of tuition at Georgetown University doesn’t always leave spare change, but even broke students enjoy window shopping along the art museums and stores on M Street. For an affordable treat, stop at one of the ice cream stores.
4) American University students rely on Mayflower Chinese (4427 Wisconsin Avenue NW) for affordable food for both eat-in and take-out. It’s not gourmet but it’s good, and it fits into even the smallest budget.
5) Students at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies celebrate diversity with walks along Massachusetts Avenue’s embassies. It’s like a home tour around the world, and every step is worth it.