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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2018 GW Off Campus Housing Fair



The Office of Off-Campus Student Affairs hosts an Annual Off-Campus Student Services Fair during Spring semesters. The next Off Campus Housing Fair will take place on February 6, 2018 from 6-8pm in the Grand Ballroom in the Marvin Center. All are invited to attend!

  • If you are interested in participating in the Off-Campus Student Services Fair, you can rsvp at go.gwu.edu/offcampusfair2018
  • You will have the opportunity to search for apartments and homes to lease and buy furniture, new banks, cable, internet and phone deals, storage options, and lots of information about living in the metropolitan DC area.
  • Join us and enter to win great prizes! All prizes will be donated to the event by our sponsors.

New DC Recycling Requirements Begin January 1st

Earlier this year an expanded list of recyclable items was announced in the District. While residents serviced by the Department of Public Works (DPW) have been able to recycle the new items for several months, starting on January 1, 2018, all residential and commercial properties—including multi-family dwellings, office buildings, and restaurants—will be required to recycle this full suite of materials. And to make things simple, the items that should be recycled are now uniform throughout DC—whether you’re at home, work, or school.

New items added to the list of recyclable items in the District include: pizza boxes; paper and plastic plates, cups, lids, and to-go containers; plastic produce, deli/bakery containers, and trays. Through the addition of these items, the District joins a select group of cities that accept foodservice packaging for recycling, thereby supporting the development of local and national solutions to recycling new materials.

As a reminder, plastic bags, wraps, and film are not accepted in the District’s recycling. These items clog facility equipment, imposing downtime and safety hazards to recycling facility employees. Many supermarkets and large retailers have plastic shopping bag return/recycling bins in their stores. Residents are asked to place recyclables into their blue bins loose, or in paper bags..

For more information and resources related to recycling in the district, please visit zerowaste.dc.gov


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. 




D.C. Tenants' Rights Center

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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