Budget Living Guide

Living in DC can be expensive, but don't worry! We've compiled this guide so you can plan to live well during your Study in DC experience on a budget. The nation's capitol has plenty of hidden gems you can enjoy without breaking the bank. 

Ben's Chili Bowl
Dining & Groceries

Need to grab a quick lunch before or after class at the Washington Center?

Our list of Dupont dining options — ranging from fast food to higher priced fare — gives you plenty to choose from within a short walk from your campus in the city. 

Looking for cheap eats outside of Dupont Circle? You'll be surprised how far $5 will take you when you visit any of these eclectic, low-cost eateries

If you prefer to eat in, explore some of the quality and affordable grocery stores in the district. 

Washington Monument
Thrifty Shopping

Whether you're looking for an inexpensive business suit or a few household items for your student apartment, check out some thrift stores and shop like a local. 

Free & Almost Free in DC

Stroll the National Mall and monuments, go for a hike in Rock Creek Park, or enjoy a free show at the Kennedy Center — you can do all these activities and many more, while staying within your budget.