Skip to main content

Housing and Dining

Where will I live?

As a CIW student, you’ll live in the Cornell Wolpe Center, located in the heart of Dupont Circle, at 2148 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.

The building includes a student lounge, laundry facilities on every floor, and an equipment room for sporting equipment, vacuum cleaners, and other supplies.

The Wolpe Center’s residential units consist of

  • Two-person studio apartments
  • Three-person one-bedroom apartments

To secure an apartment for the semester, you’ll complete a housing request form and a housing contract during the enrollment process.

PLEASE NOTE: If you require a disability-related housing accommodation, please submit a request to SDS by the following deadlines: Fall – June 1st, Spring – November 1st, Summer – April 1st. If you submit a request after the deadline, SDS and CIW can still work with you to try to identify an appropriate housing option, however availability will be more limited. We can put you on a waiting list to be reassigned to a room that meets your needs, but cannot guarantee one will become available. For more information on housing related accommodations please visit SDS’s website.


Students often ask

May I choose my roommate?

Yes, you may indicate your choice of roommate(s) when you complete your housing request form.

What’s in the apartment?

Your apartment will be supplied with

  • Basic furniture (dressers, beds, desks, chairs)
  • Wireless internet
  • Heating/air conditioning units
  • A full bathroom with shower curtain
  • A renovated kitchen with a refrigerator, stove/oven and microwave
  • Trash can

CIW Kitchen

CIW bedroom with bunk beds

CIW bathroom with sink and bathtub

What should I bring?

We suggest you pack

  • Casual, business casual, and business professional clothing
  • Bed linens (twin XL)
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper and other bathroom supplies
  • Pots, pans, dishes, utensils, a dish rack, and other kitchen supplies


One of the perks of living at the Wolpe Center is that even though you do not have a meal plan, you do have the luxury of a modern kitchen in your apartment. This is a great opportunity to learn how to cook for yourself.

The nearest grocery stores include Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Whole Foods, and Streets Market and there are many restaurants and cafes to explore just steps from the building. Staff favorites include Bagel’s Etc., Sweetgreen, and Zorba’s.

Known as the “Culinary Capital,” DC has everything you need for your dining experience.

Spring 2024 Cohort enjoying Georgetown Cupcakes