UCDC Summer Term 2013 Students:
Welcome to UCDC! We hope your experience here will be enjoyable and educational as you gain real world experience – and academic credit – interning in Washington, DC. As you are preparing for your trip, we wanted to give you some last minute tips to help you get to the center – and give you some things to do once you get here.
Getting to the Center
The UCDC Center on Scott Circle, which is roughly five blocks north of the White House.
Our address is:UCDC
1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20036
There are three major airports that are close to DC, all of which have several options of ground transportation to get you to UCDC:
From Ronald Reagan/National Airport
Taxis: Taxis are located curbside throughout the airport. Approximate rate is $12-15.
Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle is located in baggage claim. The fare for one passenger is approximately $14.
Metro: Take the Blue Line from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Farragut West, which is walking distance to the center.
From Dulles International Airport
Taxis: The Washington Flyer Taxi is the only taxi company that travels from Dulles Airport, and can be found in the ground transportation center near baggage claim. Approximate rate is $56.
Supper Shuttle: Super Shuttle is located in the ground transportation center near baggage claim. The fare for one passenger is approximately $30.
Public Transportation: The Washington Flyer Coach service runs approximately every 30 minutes and will take you to the Orange Line’s West Falls Church station for $10. You can then take the Metro to Farragut West, which is walking distance to the center. Additionally, Metrobus 5A travels to L’Enfant Plaza, which is on the Orange and Blue Lines, both of which travel to Farragut West. The fare is $6.
From Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport
Taxis: The taxi stand is located just outside of baggage claim. Approximate rate is $90.
Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle is located in baggage claim. The fare for one passenger is approximately $37.
Trains: MARC and Amtrak trains provide free shuttle service to the BWI Marshall Rail Station, from which you can take MARC or Amtrak trains to Union Station, which is off of the Red Line. Take Union Station to Dupont Circle or Farragut North, which are both walking distance from the center. The MARC Penn Line is a commuter train, which only run during the weekdays and cost $6. See the Amtrak website for fares.
Once You’re Here
Before you go out and explore your new surroundings, make sure that you are aware of the following dates and times.
Check-in dates for students are the following:
|Semester Students||June 9 & 10|
|June 16 & 17|
It is the responsibility of the resident to arrive during scheduled check in hours. No student will be allowed to check into the Center between the hours of 10pm-8am. In the event you miss your assigned check in time you may stay in the lobby or check into a nearby hotel until the next morning.
Students are also required to attend two mandatory (residential and academic) orientation sessions:*
|Semester Orientation||June 10|
Quarter Orientation Sessions
|Breakout Sessions (UCD, UCR, UCSB only)||June 18|
*To see Check-in and Orientation dates for another quarter or semester, see the Academic Calendar
Want to Explore Other Neighborhoods?
If you are planning on taking the Metro – and almost everybody takes the Metro – you should pick up a SmarTrip® card. Otherwise, you will have to pay an extra $1 every time you take the Metro. SmarTrip® cards are $10, but $5 is value already loaded onto the card. They are available at CVS, of which there are two in walking distance of the center:
6 Dupont Circle Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
1637 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
You can also purchase SmarTrip® cards at dispensers in the Dupont Circle or Farragut West Metro Stations. They are also available for online purchase (hardcore Obama fans may want to check out the Obama Commemorative SmarTrip® Card).
Hungry and Want to Stay In?
If you’re in the mood to spend a quite evening in your apartment, but need groceries, there are three grocery stores nearby.
1701 Corcoran Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
1440 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20005
1101 25th Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Hungry and Want to Go Out?
You can start trying to fit in with the locals by sampling one of the Washington Post’s 40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try, or you can stick closer to home with some of our former residents’ favorite cheaper eats:
Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen: From the inventor of Chipotle, this new restaurant recently opened up in Dupont Circle. 1516 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
Julia’s Empanadas: Inexpensive and delicious, this has long been a UCDC favorite. 1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Chop’t Salad: In the mood for salad? This place may not be the cheapest on our list, but it’s quick and healthy. 1300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Need a Couple Things for Your Apartment?
There is a Target, Marshalls, and Bed Bath & Beyond located at the Columbia Heights Metro Station (you have to transfer from the Red/Orange/Blue Lines to the Yellow/Green Line).