Around Campus

13: Around Campus

The university offers many services and activities to members of the university community, ranging from dining and entertainment to financial information. This section describes university services offered to you that will make your employment here more enjoyable. To obtain phone numbers for many of the services and facilities listed below, please consult the "Resource Guide" in Section 12.

13.1 How to Get Around

13.1.1 Parking

If you are interested in applying for parking privileges, you must visit the Parking Office, located at 2211 H Street, N.W. The Parking Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To apply, you must present the following:

  • A completed parking application, including the signature of the appropriate department head.
  • A current vehicle registration card for each vehicle you wish to park in university facilities. Vehicles must be registered in the name of the employee or an immediate family member.

Only regular full-time employees are eligible for on-campus parking. However, on-campus parking is not always available. The Parking Office maintains a waiting list if an on-campus assignment is not immediately available. Off-campus parking is sometimes offered to both regular full-time and regular part-time GW employees. Part-time employees are offered any off-campus parking that may be available.

Faculty and staff with parking privileges are assigned to specific locations. University Police will ticket a car parked without proper authorization. Vehicles may also be immobilized or towed.

The university is not responsible for vehicles that are damaged or stolen while parked on university premises.

13.1.2 Shuttle Services

The University Police Department runs the Colonial Express, a free shuttle bus service that travels a regular route around campus to transport GW students, faculty, and staff. The shuttle service operates seven days a week from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. during the academic year. Regular stops at designated locations on and off campus are marked by Colonial Express signs. For security escort services available during the evening and at night, consult Section 4.5.2.

The university also provides shuttle bus services to the GW campuses at Mount Vernon College and the Virginia Campus at Ashburn.

13.1.3 Metrorail and Metrobus

The university is accessible by both Metrorail and Metrobus. Located conveniently on the Blue and Orange lines of Metrorail, the campus is served by the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro Station. Several Metrobus routes also travel through the university area. For a Metro Guide, visit the Metro Office located at 600 5th Street, N.W., or local Metrorail stations.

Physically disabled persons can ride Metrobus and Metrorail for half price. For further information, contact the Metro Handicapped Office at 600 5th Street, N.W.

13.1.4 Bicycles

Free bicycle parking facilities are located in the following areas on campus:

  • Ross Hall 2300 I Street
  • Stockton Hall 720 20th Street, rear of the building
  • Marvin Center 800 21st Street, H Street terrace and garage entrance
  • Corcoran Hall 725 21st Street, rear of the building

The university is not responsible for bicycles that may be damaged or stolen while parked in any campus area.

13.1.5 Carpool Information

The Parking Office has a pamphlet available that provides information about carpooling. Local jurisdictions may also have information available about carpools and vanpools.

13.2 Services

The university provides a number of services that make working here very convenient.

13.2.1 Bookstore

The University Bookstore is located on the ground floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, N.W.). In addition to containing a large collection of textbooks, the bookstore carries a wide variety of university merchandise, including clothing and souvenir items. The store also carries works authored by GW faculty as well as a range of school, office, and personal supplies. As a university employee, you receive a discount on selected items not including textbooks. Call or visit the bookstore for details on employee discounts and hours of operation.

13.2.2 Computer Supplies and Equipment

Colonial Computers is a nonprofit, university-owned and operated computer store serving the university community. As an employee, you may purchase computer products at a discount. Visit the Colonial Computers website, or stop by the showroom located in the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, N.W.).

13.2.3 Travel

The Office of Auxiliary and Institutional Services administers the travel services program at GW. You must use authorized travel agencies for all official University business. You can find a listing of the authorized agencies, including links to their websites as well as other travel-related information, at the Auxiliary and Institutional Services website.

13.2.4 Housing

Information about local housing can be found on the Off-Campus Housing website. Frequently, you may also find non-university housing vacancies posted on the bulletin boards around the campus.

13.2.5 Marvin Center

The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center (800 21st Street, N.W.) is a multipurpose facility that houses conference rooms, the J Street food court, the Marvin Center Convenience Store, the GW Bookstore, and Colonial Computers. In addition, the Marvin Center has a theater and ballroom used for campus and community events.

13.2.6 Smith Center

The Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd Street, N.W.) is an athletic and recreation center serving the university community. You must show your identification card to use the Smith Center. Facilities include a jogging track, basketball courts, a swimming pool, squash and racquetball courts, and weight rooms.

13.2.7 Wellness Program

Recreation Sports and Fitness Services (RSFS) offers students, faculty and staff of The George Washington University a variety of programs and activities with a goal of keeping them fit and active on their way to a healthy and fun lifestyle. From aerobics classes and wellness programs to sports clubs and intramural sports, RSFS offers something for everyone. Please visit the Health and Wellness Center website for additional information regarding RSFS.

13.3 Entertainment

A wide range of entertainment is available to GW students and staff. Most prominent on campus are performances at Lisner Auditorium (730 21st Street, N.W.) and the Dorothy Betts Marvin Center Theatre (800 21st Street, N.W.). In addition, within walking distance of the campus are a number of theaters and galleries, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Theatre, Warner Theater, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution museums.

13.4 Dining

13.4.1 Dining on Campus

A variety of dining facilities are located on and around the university campus. The primary dining facility serving the university community is J Street, located on the first floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, N.W.). J Street is a food court offering a number of options ranging from coffee and snacks to both vegetarian and nonvegetarian meals. Seating is available in the adjacent dining hall.

13.4.2 Dining Services and the GWorld Card

The GWorld card, which is your GW identification card, can also be used as a prepaid debit card for all university dining facilities and a number of GW off-campus retail partners. With the GWorld card, you can prepay your account so that there is no bill at the point of service and no need to carry cash for meals on campus. Although locations where the GWorld card is accepted may vary, the places on campus that accept the card are the J Street food court in the Marvin Center, the Marvin Center Convenience Store, and Itza Pizza in the Mitchell Hall Courtyard Cafe. If you want to establish an account, visit the GWorld Office, which is located on the fifth floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, N.W.).

13.4.3 Local Area Dining

A wide variety of restaurants can be found within walking distance of the campus. Some local area restaurants may offer discounts to GW students and employees.

13.5 University Libraries

The university's library collections are housed in the Melvin Gelman Library (the general library of the university), the Jacob Burns Law Library, and the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. These collections contain more than 1,800,000 volumes, including more than 18,000 serial titles.

The libraries strive to fulfill the curricular and research needs of the students and faculty. Through computerized searches of bibliographic databases, students can identify and locate desired research materials. In addition, library staff assist all members of the university community in using the rich resources of the Washington area and the unusual opportunities they offer for extensive research.

University appropriations supplemented by endowments and gifts provide funding for research materials in social sciences, humanities, sciences, and business. Gifts from many sources have enriched the collections, including a large grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to strengthen the university's humanities collections.

You can obtain information about use of the libraries from the GW website  as well as at the library service desks. Individual and class instruction in the use of the libraries and orientation to library facilities are given by librarians upon request as well as through print, media, and computer-assisted instruction.


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