What to Bring

Student moving into the dorms.

Washington, D.C. is bordered by the states of Maryland and Virginia and nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, with the Potomac River intersecting through the middle of the city. Although the city experiences all four seasons, it is known for having hot and humid summers and mild winters that produce minimal snow. Reference the right sidebar to see a few items that we recommend you bring or purchase upon arrival.

For a complete list of items, review the GW Housing website.



Recommended Items


  • Winter Coat
  • Bathing Suit

For the Dormitory

  • Sheets (XL Twin-sized)
  • Towels
  • Toiletry items
  • Kitchen Utensils


  • Passport
  • Visa
  • DS-2019