All undergraduate students studying in the Washington, D.C. Programs are required to live at the University of California, District of Columbia Center. The center is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, close to the Washington University Suite.
Approximately 270 students from eight University of California campuses, as well as Washington University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame and University of Michigan Ann Arbor live at the center, sharing courses, extracurricular activities and living space.
The UCDC Center location:
1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
The Center is located between 16th and 17th streets.
The three major airports in the area are:
Please consult these providers directly for rates and schedules.
There is street and garage parking near the UCDC Center. An outdoor pay surface parking lot is available next door and there are covered garages in the surrounding blocks on M street and 17th Street. Please note: students are not allowed to have a car with them for the semester while in D.C.
If you arrive in D.C. via Amtrak, you will arrive at Union Station. You can take a cab from Union station (usually $10-$15 dollars), or take the metro to Dupont Circle or Farragut North stations.
Plan to arrive in D.C. on one of the two designated move-in days. Once you get to the UCDC Center, you must:
Students who arrive in D.C. prior to the scheduled move-in days are responsible for their own lodging until the UCDC center opens for move-in.
If you mention that you are with the UCDC Center you may get a better rate.
Hotel Rouge will give a 15% discount to UCDC guests. Guests can confirm their reservation by using the rate code "UCD."
1315 16th Street, NW
The address for the building is:
UC Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW, 4th Fl, Box ___
Washington, D.C. 20036
UCDC will provide you with your box number when you arrive. If you are mailing anything to arrive here prior to your arrival, you can use the above address without the box number.
The building's fitness center includes lifecycle, small universal weight set, treadmills, stair climbers.
You can also check out student membership rates at local gyms:
Community lounge on the 4th floor
Laundry facilities on the 4th, 6th and 10th floors:
Vending machines located on the 1st, 4th, 6th and 10th floors:
A student computer lab is located on the 3rd floor and is open 24 hours a day. Network printers cost 5 cents per page.
WMATA (Washington Metro Area Transit Authority) runs busses, metro, shuttles and other systems in the metro D.C. area.
The easiest way to use the system is by purchasing a SmarTrip, a card that can be used on both a bus and a metro. The SmarTrips can be purchased at select metro stations, as well as at local CVS pharmacies for $5.
How to refill your card: SmarTrips can be refilled at metro stations, on busses or at select CVS pharmacies or Giant supermarkets. Busses are cash only; metro stations will accept debit or credit card for payment. In order to refill your card, simply tap your card, then add your desired amount, and tap your card again where you see the symbol. The card is electronic.
Lastly, you will receive discounts for transfers between bus and rail or rail and bus with a SmarTrip and free transfers between busses. No transfers are given without a SmarTrip.
Fares for the metro are:
Fares for the bus are:
The UCDC Center can be reached via Metro on the Red or Orange/Blue lines. It is approximately three blocks north up 17th Street (about a ten-minute walk) from the Farragut North Metro station on the Red line or Farragut West on the Orange/Blue line. It is approximately 3 blocks southeast down Massachusetts Avenue (about a fifteen minute walk) from the Dupont Circle Metro station on the Red line.
Maps, schedules, trip planners, and more are available at www.wmata.com.
Taxis are available all around Washington, D.C. and run 24 hours a day. Allow ample time for them to arrive. They are on the meter system, but be aware of any extra charges that are added for additional people, luggage, etc.
Diamond Cab: (202) 387-6200