9 quintessential things to do in DC as a college student

August 24, 2017 / Washington, DC

Fall is fast approaching, and summer vacations are coming to an end. With back-to-school season just around the corner, anticipation for the new semester mounts. It’s time to get out of the house to make the best of the last few days of summer vacations or meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a while. You’ll find no shortage of opportunities to enjoy yourself in DC during this exciting time of the year — check out some of our top picks.

Fun things to do in DC

1. The Tombs

The Tombs is a classic in the DC university scene. Located in a converted 19th-century townhouse, the Tombs is known for its longstanding tradition as the go-to Georgetown bar. Its menu features incredible brews, signature cocktails, all sorts of pub grub dishes, a great selection of sandwiches, and weekly food specials.

Where: 1226 36th St NW

2. Mason Inn

If you’re looking for an authentic sports bar with a Southern flair, you can’t go wrong with Mason Inn. Conveniently located near Georgetown, this bar is the place to be if you’re a college football fan. On August 26, they’re hosting FIGHT NIGHT, featuring all-inclusive drinks, in honor of the upcoming boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. Reserve your ticket and save the date!

Where: 2408 Wisconsin Ave

3. GW Delicatessen

The GW Delicatessen should already be on your radar if you’re a fan of breakfast sandwiches — you won’t find better in all of DC. You can get mouth-watering BLTs, veggie burgers, and a respectable variety of bagels for affordable, college-student-friendly prices. If you’re a George Washington student, you can also use your GWorld card to pay for your meal.

Where: 2133 G St NW

4. Captain Cookie & the Milkman

Located at George Washington University, Captain Cookie is a colorful mobile bakery with state-of-the-art installations that enable them to bake their goods right inside the truck. Aside from cookies, they also serve creamery milk and ice cream sandwiches. If you want to order in and enjoy the sweets from the comfort of your home, you can find Captain Cookie on UberEATS.

Where: 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW

5. Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Institution — with its collection 19 superb museums, galleries, gardens, and even a zoo — is perhaps one of the nation’s greatest treasures. Regardless of whether you’re interested in nature, history, art, culture, or space, you can find a museum that suits you. Best of all? You can access all of them for free.

Where: Various Locations

6. 9:30 Club

The Nightclub 9:30, also known as the 9:30 Club, is a DC concert institution. In its nearly 40-year history, the 9:30 club has boasted an impressive roster of artists and icons, such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Black Flag, among many others. Upcoming concert highlights include Delta Rae, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Pat Green. Check the website for event-specific information and tickets.

Where: 815 V St NW

7. Jumbo Slice

One thing’s certain: the owners of Jumbo Slice couldn’t have picked a better name for their shop. This unpretentious pizza parlor centered in Adams Morgan provides you with the ultimate late-night DC food: gigantic slices of pizza (really, they’re huge). The kicker? You can eat plenty without breaking the bank. We recommend you try their plain cheese pizza or a slice of pepperoni.

Where: 2341 18th St NW

8. U Street Music Hall

If you fancy a quintessential basement dance club experience in DC, look no further than U Street Music Hall. U Street is a DJ-owned establishment and boasts the best sound system in the city. Some nights you can even get in for free if you arrive before 11pm. Upcoming performances include the Crystal Method, Jungle Fever, A Summer’s Night, Jackal, and A R I Z O N A, among others.

Where: 1115A U St NW

9. Chef Geoff’s

Located near American University, Chef Geoff’s is known for its happy hour deals, featuring super mugs, cocktails, and sangria. Their food selection features classic American fare prepared with an innovative slant. Chef Geoff’s burgers are to-die-for, and their specialty dishes, such as the Madras Curry Chicken and Sriracha Wings, are also incredible. If you can, grab a table on their patio for an al fresco meal.  

Where: 3201 New Mexico Ave NW


Whether you’re looking for culinary delights, cultural immersion, or a great bar to go to with friends, DC is filled with attractions for you.