Additional Housing Options
Apartment & House Rental
Although it is difficult to stay up-to-date on the dynamic rental housing market, there are many fully furnished options. View a listing of local rentals.
Because the AIRP course is only four weeks, many leasing companies will not book your rental until very close to your arrival as a longer-term lease is preferred by the rental company. This means that availability becomes more limited as you get closer to the start of the course.
Unfortunately, there is little you can do about the last-minute nature of securing housing with most furnished corporate apartments. If you find a place that is available, you will likely need to call periodically to check on the occupancy status.
Apartments can be found on our local housing list and Craigslist. You may also go to vacation rentals at AIRBNB.com where you can search more than 140,000 properties worldwide. Dealing directly with owners can lower costs as many people will negotiate. However, this option may not provide you with the reassurance of leasing through a reputable company. Always be aware of the possibility of fraudulent activity.
Silver Spring, MD: This is a good option for quick and easy access to the Silver Theatre. The prices tend to be lower than other areas. This is the most convenient location for daily travel to the course. Must see guide to Downtown Silver Spring.
Takoma Park, MD/DC: Located on the border of MD and DC, Takoma Park ranks #32 in Livability's 2015 Top 100 Best Small Towns. It features a range of housings from historic bungalows to Victorian mansions. Great for jogging along Sligo Creek and Long Branch Creek. Approximately 10 minutes bus ride to the AFI.
Dupont Circle/Logan Circle: These areas are popular among students and feature many excellent restaurants as well as nightlife. Public transportation to Silver Spring is available via Metro with travel time at approximately 20 minutes.
Friendship Heights: Enjoy easy access to the Metro’s Red Line plus first-class shopping, restaurants and a free shuttle bus that connects every residential building with the Metro, Metro buses and Ride-On Bus routes. Just a 20-minute bus ride to Silver Spring, MD.
Columbia Heights: One of DC’s most diverse neighborhoods, recently revitalized Columbia Heights offers some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. Plus, with a metro station and several buses running through this area, it’s an ideal location if you don’t have access to a car. Travel time is approximately 20 minutes to Silver Spring.
Georgetown: This is a popular area with renowned restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Public transportation to Silver Spring is available by taking the bus to the Farragut North Metro Station. Once at Farragut North, take the Red Line to Silver Spring. Travel time to Silver Spring is approximately 45 minutes.
Penn Quarter: You’ll find good housing options in this lively part of town. Plus you’re within close proximity to the Smithsonian and the National Mall. Public transportation to Silver Spring is available via Metro with travel time
at approximately 30 minutes.
Chinatown: This is another popular area of Washington, DC with unique restaurants, exciting nightlife and access to the Verizon Center — home to many professional sporting events and concerts. Public transportation to Silver Spring is available via Metro with travel time at approximately 15 minutes.
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