TWC does not have a dining facility. You’ll need to buy groceries and cook your own meals, or dine out. Washington D.C. is a very expensive city. Former students recommend making your own breakfast and dinner and buying lunch. Plan a budget for groceries, bus and metro transportation, cabs, books, and entertainment expense. Most students budget $150–$200 a week on average.

There are multiple grocery stores within walking distance of TWC provided housing including Giant, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Trader Joes, and various smaller markets or international stores.

Student Life Activities

Throughout the semester, you can take part in activities organized by the Office of Housing and Community Life and other Washington Center staff. For more information about student life, email housing [at] (housing[at]twc[dot]edu).

  • There are many free museums in the D.C. area. Visit CultureCapital for more info.
  • Visit the Official Tourism Site of Washington, D.C.
  • A former student recommends signing up for The DCist Daily, a local blog that covers all the political and cultural happenings in Washington, D.C.

Optional Events Planned by Your Program Managers

Your program managers advisor will host a series of optional events.Through this Career Readiness Programming, you will have the option to engage in a mix of workshops, sessions and networking events designed to complement what you’re learning at your internship. Emerson students are not required to participate in this programming.