Residents are assigned a mailbox in the building for the delivery of personal mail by apartment. Mailboxes are located on the fourth floor and your apartment key will also open your mailbox. If you receive a package, a Residence Life staff member will place a “package slip” in your mailbox. Packages can be picked up at the Residence Life Office on the fourth floor Monday-Saturday during posted hours.
- A US Post Office is located two blocks from the center at 1800 M Street NW. It offers a full range of services including stamps, money orders, and mailing supplies.
- There is a collection box for outgoing mail located on the 1st floor.
- Do not have perishable items mailed or shipped to the Center. The Center is NOT responsible for any perishable items.
- The Center does not forward mail at the end of the quarter/semester. The US Postal Service will NOT accept address forwarding cards from 1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW.
Your mailing address is:
UC Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW 4th floor Box #_____
Washington, DC 20036
Laundry rooms are available for residents’ use on floors 4, 6 and 10. Machines are operated with card access. You will receive a Mac-Gray card when you move into the building. This card will also be used for the pay-for-print service in the Computer Lab. A recharge machine to add money to your card is located on the 1st floor and accepts $5, $10 and $20 bills. If your Mac Gray Card is lost or stolen you can purchase a replacement card from the recharge machine located in the lobby. The cost per load is $1.00 per wash and $1.00 for 45 minutes of dry time. There is a $5 replacement charge for any lost laundry cards. There is no laundry pick-up service available in the building. In the interest of energy conservation, residents are urged to wash and dry only full loads. Other energy saving tips: wash clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot; and always clean out the lint filters in the dryers. The Mac Gray Card must be returned at the end of the quarter/semester as part of the checkout procedure, so be sure to reduce the value of the card as close to $0 as possible.
There is a resident lounge with a large screen TV/DVD player and a Fitness Center with a TV located on the fourth floor. Study lounges are located on floors 5, 7, 8, and 9.
The fitness center is located on the fourth floor. This room is available for your use 24 hours a day. Please wipe off any equipment that you use after working out.
Quiet hours in the Fitness Center:
- Treadmill may not be used during quiet hours
- At all other times, it is requested that you work out with the understanding that there may be residents living around you and/or classes in session on the floor under you.
Mental Health Services
UCDC Counseling Services are provided by Parkhurst Associates Mental Health Services, a private practice group of professionals located at 18th and S Sts., NW.On-site counseling is available on a limited basis and at no charge in Rm. 359. Walk-ins are welcome Mondays 6:00pm-9:00pm and Wednesdays 4:30pm-7:30pm. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 866-551-1456 or 202-234-7738.Assessment needs, medication management, and on-going psychotherapy are available at 1755 S St., NW, and may be covered by your health insurance policy.Please ask a counselor for help in determining costs and benefits for services other than the short-term counseling provided by UCDC.Visit www.parkhurstassociates.com for more information.All mental health services provided are strictly confidential.
The Computer Lab is located on the third floor of the building in Room 311. Residents have access to this room 24 hours a day. The Computer Lab is a designated Quiet Zone and no eating or drinking is allowed. The printers operate via a pay-for-print service. Your Mac-Gray card allows you to use this service to pay for any printing you will need to do throughout the quarter/semester. If you are not in an academic program please yield computers to students preparing academic work during peak times.
The terrace on the 4th floor is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is available for student, faculty, and staff use. Residents are welcome to use this area for eating, studying and relaxing. It is also the only area in the building where you may smoke. Trashcans with ashtrays are provided for your use. Sports activities of any kind (i.e. Frisbee, touch football, basketball, in-line skates, scooters, etc.) are not allowed on the terrace and all Community Standards apply to this area, including courtesy and quiet hour standards. No alcohol is allowed on the terrace.
Common areas are defined as all facility areas that are not a part of the private confines of the apartment. The terrace, hallways, stairwells, recreation rooms, study lounges, laundry rooms and apartment/room doors and windows facing out are considered to be a common area. For health and safety reasons, hallways and walkways are to be kept clear of furniture, equipment, trash and any other obstacles that might obstruct passage. Recreational activities are prohibited in these areas. BBQ grills are not allowed on the 4th floor terrace.
There is a garage below ground in the UC Washington Center. All spaces in the garage are rented out on a monthly basis. If space is available, residents may request a parking permit on a monthly basis at the established rate. The University assumes no liability for your automobile while parked in the garage or while entering or exiting the garage. To determine if parking will be available during the quarter/semester you plan to attend the UC Washington Center, contact the SRA at least one month before your arrival. All students requesting parking must agree to the parking policy requirements for students in order to park their car at the UC Washington Center. There is no parking available for guests of student residents.
If you bring a bicycle to the UC Washington Center, please make arrangements for parking through the Residence Life Office . All Bikes must be registered with the Center and may not be stored in other than designated areas and will be tagged for removal and impounded if they are not moved for a consecutive three-day period. For your safety, bicycles cannot be kept in apartments, lounges or hallways. The Center assumes no liability for a bike while parked on UC Washington Center property.
Vending Machines with soda and snacks are located in the laundry rooms on floors 4 and 10 as well as on the first floor behind the elevators.
There are bathrooms located on each floor and in the lobby behind the elevators.
Shopping carts are available at the Security Desk for your use in the local area. Leave a valid photo ID Card at the Security Desk to checkout a shopping cart for two hours. Shopping carts are not to be taken on the Metro. Outside shopping carts from stores are not permitted inside the Center.
While personal safety is ultimately your responsibility, the Center strives to make your experience in DC as safe and secure as possible. If you have any questions regarding personal safety in the Center, or in the Washington, D.C. area, please contact one of the CAs.
Emergency Contact & Release of Resident Information
Upon check in we request you provide an In Case of Emergency (or ICE) contact. Please be sure to inform the Residence Life Office in the event your ICE changes during your stay at the Center. Please be aware we reserve the right to contact your emergency contact in the event we deem it necessary. The following factors to be considered when making a decision to release information in emergencies may include: 1) the severity of the threat to the health and safety of those involved; 2) the need for the information; 3) the time required to deal with the emergency; and 4) the ability of the parties to whom the information is to be given to deal with the emergency.
The Security Desk in the lobby is staffed 24 hours a day and everyone entering the Center is required to show identification every time they enter the building.
Surveillance cameras are located in the common areas of the building. Exterior cameras monitor outside areas of the UC Washington Center.
Sexual Assault Information
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of options available to you. Below is a list of procedures to assist you while living in the UC Washington Center.
Procedures to follow if a sexual offense occurs:
- Get to a safe place. Call a friend or someone else to be with you.
- Call your CA or ask to speak with the Resident Advisor for advice or a referral. They can be reached 24 hours a day at 202-415-9275.
- If you want to report the incident to the police, call 911 and say, “I want to report an assault.” You will need to give your name and other information.
If you are not sure what you want to do, call the DC Rape Crisis Hotline at (202) 333-7273. You do not have to give your name. The advocate will talk with you about your options, rights, and choices.
It is a requirement of the University that you carry major medical insurance. If you have a serious medical condition or need on-going care by medical personnel, please inform the Resident Advisor. Check your insurance policy to see what coverage is available to you in Washington DC. Specific campus health providers and insurance information can be found on www.ucdc.edu
(Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act)
Hard copies of this report are available upon request from the Senior Resident Advisor in the Residence Life Office .
The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education receiving federal financial aid to report specified crime statistics on college campuses and to provide other safety and crime information to members of the campus community.