Accommodations are available in private homes near the AFI Silver Theatre as well as in hotels and apartments in Silver Spring, MD. (Consultation with a fellow resident who has attended the course is recommended.)
WASHINGTON, DC-AREA NEIGHBORHOODS:
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 due to its distance from Washington, DC. Public transportation to DC is available via Metro with travel time at approximately 30 minutes. This is the most convenient location for daily travel to the course.
Dupont Circle/Logan Circle: These areas are popular among students and feature many excellent restaurants. Public transportation to Silver Spring is available via Metro with travel time at approximately 20 minutes.
Georgetown: This is a popular area with 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. This area is 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 an excellent nightlife and quick 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.
To learn more about the DC Metro rail and bus system, and to use an online trip planner, visit http://www.wmata.com
For more detailed information on DC neighborhoods, visit About.Com: Washington, DC and Schmap: Washington DC Guide.
Maryland, DC, Virginia Housing:
Although it is difficult to stay up-to-date on the dynamic rental housing market, there are many fully furnished options.
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 worse 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 are also advertised on Craigslist and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), 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.