The Neighborhood

It's one thing to visit as a tourist. It's something else to live, work, and invest in this amazing city.

With Washington, D.C. as your home for the semester, the possibilities are endless! You will live eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress. You are within easy walking distance of Eastern Market, Union Station, and the National Mall. Visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian museums, historic Georgetown, Nationals Park (MLB), and the Verizon Center (NBA and NHL).
Community life is also marked by our commitment to service learning. The American Studies Program is intentional about challenging you to engage both the powers of federal Washington and the poverties that confront neighborhoods in the District of Columbia. Students serve together throughout the semester in a variety of work contexts.


Living: Only eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court, ASP students live in the Dellenback Center which houses seven student apartments, as well as an apartment for ASP's on-site residence life staff.  You’ll stay in a fully-furnished, two-bedroom apartment for four to six students, complete with a well-equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, and free local telephone and voicemail service.

Studying: On the ground floor of the Dellenback Center, you’ll find a business center for meetings and studying, the classroom (which also serves as the location for Family Night Dinners for students and staff on Monday nights), and the main administrative office. ASP faculty offices are downstairs.

Relaxing: The Dellenback Center also has plenty of space to spend your free time! Two student lounges are equipped with high-definition, flat screen TVs with DVR and Blu-ray/DVD systems. You’ll also enjoy the workout room and (probably most of all) the spacious rooftop deck with a panoramic view of Capitol Hill.


Metro train and bus fares are inexpensive, and taxi rates are moderate. The program's facilities are located in the heart of Capitol Hill with convenient access to Metro bus stops and Metro train lines and to both Amtrak and MARC. Although bringing a bicycle and/or car is not allowed, Zipcar (a car-sharing business throughout the region) is available nearby as are Capital Bikeshare (bike rental) locations.

Living Expenses

Some living expenses will not be covered in program fees. Generally, students spend approximately $80 per week on food and between $45-90 in weekly expenses for such incidentals as paper products, subway and bus fares, dry cleaning, and entertainment.

Things To Do

During the term, students enjoy informal recreation and social outings. There are times for worship and special events for fun, relaxation, service and spiritual growth. Students are invited to take advantage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian museums, historic Georgetown, Yards Park, and more. Some students also enjoy organizing trips to nearby cities such as Baltimore, Richmond, and New York City!


Washington, D.C., is a major metropolitan city subject to the safety concerns of all such cities. During orientation week, the students are reminded of ways to be aware of and to avoid hazardous situations.