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Washington, DC Moving Guide

Washington, DC is one of the most significant and largest cities in the U.S. It's the national capital and an important political city that attracts people from around the globe. The DC metropolis hosts various entertainment options, from local eateries to famous museums. DC has one of the most efficient public transit systems. Beat the rush hour traffic using Metrorail and Metrobus.

Although this diverse and young-demographic city has a big-city density, it feels more livable than other major cities like New York. Its subtropical climate features chilly winters and often scorching summers.

Before you move to Washington, DC, here are some essential tips for living in The District.

Cost of Living in DC

Living in The District of Columbia will cost you more than most American cities. The high cost of living in DC may not shock you much if you're coming from New York City. However, housing, food and utilities cost more than the national average.

Big city living usually means smaller spaces. So moving to DC may necessitate storing some items. DC storage facilities offer units of varying sizes to match your storage needs, including storage lockers for smaller items. Most offer vehicle storage, so you can get your extra car off the streets. If you have fragile items like artwork and documents, consider renting climate-controlled storage units in DC.

DC's Business Environment

This city has a diverse and growing economy. With many individuals working for the federal government, the city has long had a reputation as a 'company town.' It's the headquarters of multiple law firms, NGOs and defense contractors. Major industries include tourism, education and finance. There are also plenty of educational facilities in DC, some of the city's top colleges and universities include:

  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • American University
  • Howard University
  • University of the District of Columbia

These colleges offer a wide range of options to help you advance your career.

Most Popular Places to Live in DC

DC is home to various dynamic neighborhoods, such as:


Home to the Potomac River and the Georgetown Waterfront Park, Georgetown is an excellent area for nature lovers. It features a distinct historical character, vibrant lifestyle and welcoming residents. Choose from various housing designs to suit your needs.

Adams Morgan

Located north of downtown and Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan is a beautiful community. Popular among young residents, Adams Morgan has more to offer than just the best nightlife and brunch in Washington, DC, so it's worth exploring.

Dupont Circle and Logan Circle

You'll find these two communities just north of downtown Washington, with plenty of breathing room despite being so near to the city's heart. With an excellent walkability score, Dupont and Logan Circle are accessible for strolling to various entertainment options.

Capitol Hill Capitol Hill ranks among the most recognizable landmarks in the United States. Lining the neighborhood streets of this area are historical landmarks and monuments. It offers swift access to multiple metro stops and all the freeways. If you want to spend some time outdoors, visit the nearby U.S. Botanic Garden.

Moving to DC? Storage units in DC can help ease the transition to The District.

How SpareFoot Works

What is SpareFoot?

SpareFoot is an online marketplace that lets you quickly find and compare local self-storage facilities in Washington, District Of Columbia to find the right storage unit for your needs at the best price. With listings for 20,000+ facilities, Sparefoot offers the largest, most up-to-date selection of storage units all in one convenient place.

How do I use SpareFoot?

Finding storage near you in Washington, District Of Columbia can be a hassle, which is why SpareFoot is designed with ease-of-use in mind! Simply type in a zip code, address or city to view all the available storage units in that area. Our advanced search filters let you compare all available unit sizes, prices, amenities (like climate control or drive-up access), customer reviews and exclusive online storage deals.

How do I book my storage unit with SpareFoot?

Once you’ve found a storage unit in Washington, District Of Columbia that fits your needs, you can reserve online for free, no credit card required! You can also reserve your unit by phone. There are no obligations, and you can cancel for free at any time.

Is it really free?

Yes! Reservations on Sparefoot are completely free with no strings attached. No credit card is required until you arrive at the storage facility to complete your lease agreement and move in.

Frequently asked questions

What size storage unit do I need in Washington, DC?

Typically, a 10'x10' storage unit will comfortably fit a one-bedroom home in Washington, DC. This unit is the size of a small garage. For a 2 to 3 bedroom house, consider a larger 10'x20' storage unit.

How much does a storage unit cost in Washington?

The average cost of a storage unit in Washington is $88.10. You can compare prices and find the best storage unit for you on Sparefoot.

Are there 1st month free storage deals in Washington?

Many facilities do offer a first month free promotion for new reservations. To find storage units in Washington with a first month free deal you can search by zip code or city on

How much are small storage units in Washington?

A small storage unit is usually considered a 5' x 5' unit and costs on average $42.98 per month in Washington. You can compare prices for all 5' x 5' storage units in Washington on

How much do 10x10 storage units cost in Washington?

In Washington a 10' x 10' storage unit costs on average $133.37 per month. You can compare prices for all 10' x 10' storage units in Washington on Sparefoot.

Do I need climate controlled storage in Washington, DC?

Climate controlled storage, also called temperature controlled, maintains a year-round temperature between 55 to 85 degrees. This helps protect items that might be sensitive to extreme temperatures or excessive humidity. If you're planning to store valuable or sentimental items in Washington, a storage unit with climate control might be worthwhile.

What is the advantage of drive-up storage units in Washington, DC?

Drive-up access feels more like having a personal garage for storage - especially when loading heavy furniture or oversized items. A storage unit with drive-up access allows you to pull your car or moving truck directly up to the door of the unit, but this is only an option for outdoor storage units.
Pricing for self-storage in Washington, District Of Columbia

The biggest factor when it comes to self-storage prices in Washington, District Of Columbia is size. Below are some monthly price ranges you can expect to see in Washington, District Of Columbia based on different storage unit sizes.

Unit SizeAverage PriceLowest Price
5 x 5$42.98$23.00
5 x 10$76.80$44.00
10 x 10$133.37$63.00
10 x 15$154.52$126.00
10 x 20$240.70$176.00

The overall average price of a self-storage unit booked in Washington, District Of Columbia over the past 180 days is $88.10.

Data for the cheapest self-storage unit is updated every 15 minutes.

Washington Self-Storage: At A Glance

Does Washington student population affect self-storage prices?

Colleges and universities located in or nearby Washington include American University, Catholic University of America, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Trinity Washington University, University of The District of Columbia. College students often need self-storage during summer and winter breaks and can drive prices up during these seasons.

How does seasonality affect Washington self-storage prices?

Storage prices in Washington tend to be somewhat volatile when compared to other cities. Prices can vary by about $77.30 monthly depending on the time of year. Washington self-storage prices are highest inJune, and lowest in December.

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