Welcome to Off-Campus Student Affairs!

Sunrise over the US Capitol Building

The Office of Off-Campus Student Affairs (OCSA) extends community building and learning beyond the campus of the George Washington University by providing resources, services, and programs designed to assist and guide students in navigating the process of moving from residential living on campus to independent living in the surrounding community. Our office is committed to educating students on how to become active and responsible members in their surrounding communities.

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Get Ready for Thanksgiving




Be a Good Neighbor during Thanksgiving break: 

1.) If you are walking through the neighborhood in a group, keep your conversation noise level down, especially after 10 p.m. Do not block sidewalks or walk in the streets.

2.) If you host a gathering at your home or apartment, you are responsible for your guests' behavior. If someone is acting irresponsibly, ask the person to leave or call DC Police at 911.

3.) Keep your front and backyard, as well as the area surrounding your property, clean and tidy. Loose trash attracts rodents!

4.) You may be a night owl, but that doesn't mean that your neighbors are too. District of Columbia Quiet Hours go into effect from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night of the week.

Noise complaints can be reported to the Metropolitan Police Department or the university at any time of day. Reports submitted to the university will be investigated and addressed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. If you choose to celebrate the holiday by hosting a party or having guests over, please remember that any individual or any residence that an MPD officer deems is making excessive noise between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. is subject to a fine and/or jail time.


Be A Good Neighbor Mandatory Training

One of the great benefits of attending The George Washington University is our location in the Foggy Bottom/West End and Foxhall communities.  We enjoy numerous cultural activities, excellent shopping, restaurants, and entertainment opportunities. As a member of the GW, Foggy Bottom/West End and Foxhall communities, we all have a responsibility to be good citizens and good neighbors.

Online Orientation
The primary goal of this annual required training is to enable you to understand your rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the Foggy Bottom and Washington, DC communities. With this knowledge you can contribute to creating an environment that embraces the concept of community and respect. Depending on your familiarity with the content and learning style, the training will take you approximately 5­-10 minutes to complete. 

To complete the online training, please follow the directions below:

  • Please sign to GW blackboard at https://blackboard.gwu.edu/
    • If you are living on campus, the following class will be displayed on your course list: Orientation for on campus students
    • If you are living off campus, the following class will be displayed on your course list: Orientation for off campus students
  • Click on the class to start the training. 




Quiet Zone Campaign

Trash and Recycling Collection Guidelines

Be A Good Neighbor, Be Aware of the Trash and Recycling Guidelines in the District of Columbia!

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