Moving to D.C.


Cherry Blossoms by the Tidal Basin


Working at GW immerses you in the rich cultural heritage and historic locations in and around our nation’s capital. Our main campus is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of vibrant downtown D.C., while the Mount Vernon Campus in Northwest D.C. and the Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia are located in peaceful suburban areas. GW also has business offices and graduate education centers located strategically throughout the D.C. metro area.

The Metrorail transit system allows you to commute throughout the D.C. region easily. Whatever part of the area you are in, a host of resources, recreation, and transportation options await you.

Relocation Resources

The university has partnered with various preferred vendors to help new employees with their relocation needs. We recommend employees use the services of one these vendors while relocating.

Relocation Assistance Program

Administered by Coldwell Banker Relocation Services

GW has partnered with Coldwell Banker Relocation Services to offer incoming employees relocation services. The GW Relocation Assistance Program can provide you and your family with advocacy and housing assistance, including rental search, home buying, furnished corporate housing, and area orientation.

GW employees are eligible to receive a rebate or credit equivalent to 15% of the listing or purchase side commission (the side your agent represents) when buying or selling a home through the Relocation Assistance Program. (See eligibility requirements below.*)

Additional closing cost credits are available from a program-preferred mortgage partner. Receive .5% of your home loan amount when you close with a program lender.*

To enroll in the GW Relocation Assistance Program and speak with a consultant about available service options, please email a request to [email protected]com. A consultant will contact you to offer assistance within 24 hours.  

To better assist you, please include the following available details in your request:

  • Your name
  • Phone if preferred method of contact
  • Approximate start date of position with GW
  • Your hiring contact and school/department
  • Are you currently a homeowner or renter?
  • When is your next visit to campus?
  • Any additional information you think may be helpful for us to assist you, such as desired housing and communities.

*The ability to pay a cash rebate may be modified or prohibited by law in some states. Not valid on previous home sale or purchase transactions. The Relocation Assistance Program is offered in all states and Canada through Coldwell Banker Relocation Services. There are no service fees to enroll for assistance. Direct costs for customary real estate fees, agent touring, mortgage, and furnished housing will apply. Program enrollment before speaking with a real estate agent is required to ensure eligibility for the rebates/commission credits on home purchase or sale. Participants must buy or sell a home through the program referred real estate agent to receive the rebates or commission credits. The rebate or credit amount is based on the purchase or sale price of the home. A rebate check will be sent a few weeks after the closing or a commission credit will be issued at the closing. Mortgage closing cost credits are available only through mortgage companies referred through the program. Closing cost credits are based on the loan amount of the home you buy, which is directly deducted from the closing costs.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC is an Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC.

Moving Services

GW employees receive up to a 70% discount off a variety of moving, storage, and transportation services to support a smooth transition into their new homes. For your specific needs, contact our preferred vendor, ATLAS Van Lines - Collins Brothers Moving, the vendor listed below, for quotes and mention you are a GW  an employee.

Our preferred relocation vendor offers certain services:

  • Full Packing Services
  • Storage Services
  • Transportation Services
  • Office Moves
  • Lab Moves
  • Auto Shipping

Preferred Vendor Contact Information:

ATLAS Van Lines - Collins Brothers Moving
45181 Global Plaza, Dulles, VA 20166

GW Account Manager: Helen McNeece,CMC, CRP
[email protected]

Our Wellbeing Hotline offers moving support in the form of free educational materials, personalized referrals, and an interactive website to help employees manage a move, ease the transition into a new community, and locate dependent care and personal resources in their new area.

From dynamic urban locales to tranquil suburban streets, the D.C. Metro area has a wealth of unique and engaging neighborhoods ready to provide for your needs and preferences. For a list of our preferred real estate agents and realtors, please contact The GW Wellbeing Hotline at 1-866-522-8509 or visit the Resources for Living website and use the username: GW-Wellbeing with the password: Yourlife.

Transitional Housing

Temporary lodging accommodations such as bed and breakfasts and short-term rentals are great ways to stay in the city while looking for a more permanent place to live. Hotels are another great option, and several local hotels offer discounts for GW employees.

Whether it's by plane, train, bus, or car, find the a transportation solution that works best for you to get to and around the city. There are a variety of public transportation options in D.C. to get you where you need to go.

Transportation Discounts and Benefits

  • SuperShuttle
    • Receive $2 off one-way trips and $5 off round-trips from 29 airports nationwide with Super Shuttle. Use GW’s group discount code “GCJ8R” on the Super Shuttle website.
  • Pre-Tax Transportation & Metro Parking Program allows benefit-eligible employees (full-time and regular part-time employees) the opportunity to set aside pre-tax dollars each month to be credited to their SmarTrip card, which may be used for Metrorail, Metrobus, and Metro Parking.


Child Care Options

Learn about a variety of child care benefits available to help you meet both your short-term and long-term needs.

Immigration & Visa Information

Access information on citizenship, green cards, work visas, and much more at the USCIS website. You can also contact the Faculty & Staff Service Center with questions.

Things to Do

We want you to build your personal community and enjoy time away from work, too. Check out the events around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area so that you can relax and enjoy your weekends.

More Help

In addition to these resources listed on this web site, GW is proud to provide you and your household members with immediate access to our Wellbeing Hotline, a comprehensive work/life program that is available to all GW employees as an employer-paid benefit.