Prepare for Arrival

Getting to Campus

Students are responsible for arranging for transportation from the airport to campus. More information on transportation can be found on the International Student and Scholar Services new students page.

International New Student Orientation (I-NSO)

I-NSO is the mandatory orientation for all international students beginning studies at Georgetown, including exchange students. The various orientation sessions provide valuable information regarding housing, registration, academics (both at Georgetown and in the United States in general), health care, and campus life. Orientation also provides you with a great opportunity to meet fellow students, faculty, and administrators through social gatherings and helpful sessions.

As part of I-NSO, students are  assigned an International Ambassador. The Office of Global Services will send more information regarding International Ambassador assignments prior to arrival. They will be available to provide assistance during on-site orientation. Sarah Mournighan is the OGE Exchange Student Coordinator. Please direct any registration or course-related questions to her at

Students will be required to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Sarah after orientation; this would be a great time to discuss any questions or concerns you might have. Please check your Georgetown email weekly to stay informed of any updates.

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing availability is limited, however the Office of Residential Living will try their best to accommodate all students who wish to live on campus. Students will receive notification of their housing assignment  via email prior to arrival. The housing assignment process can take some time, so please be patient. Housing costs will also be communicated at this time, however, roommate information will not yet be available. Please be aware that single rooms in on-campus housing are only available for students with documented medical reasons.

Once students are notified about the move in date they should plan accordingly as movingĀ in earlier than that date is not permitted. Students planning to arriveĀ  before this date should make other accommodation arrangements. On-campus housing requires that you provide your own bedding and towels.

Off-Campus Housing

  • The Office of Neighborhood Life has many resources for students looking for off-campus housing. These include search engines for finding rental units in the area, finding potential roommates, and other resources.
  • If you would like to be in touch with other international students who are looking for off-campus housing or who are looking for a roommate, consider signing up for the Georgetown Off-Campus Housing Search Facebook group in the Georgetown network.

Occasionally, on-campus housing cannot be made available to everyone. If students are unsuccessful at securing on-campus housing for any reason, there are several housing resources available to you.

Arriving in D.C. without Housing

If you are looking for short-term housing before moving into your Georgetown dorm or finding permanent off-campus housing, there are inexpensive and discounted hotel options at the living in D.C. page of the International Student and Scholar Services website.