Moving to a new place is exciting, especially when the place has a lot to offer. Washington DC is a thriving city with something for everyone. To make the pre-move research a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of all the things you’ll need to make your move to the Capital a breeze!
Washington DC City Services
Everything you need to know about living in DC. Chock full of useful resources, including information about the District of Columbia government, calendars of city meetings and events, important city terminology and more.
Get updates on road conditions, schedules, and inclement weather. The DDOT website also offers plenty of information on transportation legislation and development agreements.
From this website, you can easily start service, login to your account and check outages in your area, and even get tips on how to save on electricity expenses.
Learn about the men and women protecting your community. Stay updated on crime reports in your neighborhood, get the information you need to keep your family safe, and file police reports as needed.
Everything you need to drive safely in DC, including vehicle and title registration, tips for buying or selling your vehicle, license plates and more.
In the political center of the country, you’ll constantly be reminded to exercise your right to vote. On this website, you can register to vote and keep up with your voter registration status.
Before the move to Washington DC
Get information that can help you choose the best housing options and neighborhoods.
From charming Georgetown to hip Dupont Circle, DC has something for everyone. Explore DC’s neighborhoods to find the perfect fit for you and your family.
If you don’t feel comfortable making the housing decision on your own, a local realtor can help make your “new home wish list” a reality.
Your child’s education is important. Use this tool to help you research public and private schools in DC.
DC is home to many private and public colleges and universities. If you have a child looking to get a great education or are looking to go back to school, no need to look far.
A change in address has most likely made you eligible for a special enrollment period so you can get your health care from a local, DC based, provider.
When in Washington DC
Find businesses you can trust in DC. Search the BBB Accredited Business Directory to see reviews, ratings and complaints from customers like you.
DC offers restaurants featuring dishes from regions near and far. Eat your way through the city starting with the local dishes – like Maryland crab cakes – and then branch out and try something less traditional, like Ethiopian food.
From upscale bars to trendy clubs, you can find whatever nightlife option you want if you know where to look.
If the excitement of sightseeing and eating your way through your new city has worn off – don’t worry, there’s more. DC is home to multiple theaters, performing arts centers and concert venues. Take in a show at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts or visit the Wharf to catch a concert at The Anthem.
Nothing says “home” like a home cooked meal. DC has many of the chain supermarkets, plus farmers markets and specialty grocers like the Korean-American grocery store. Whatever meal you want to whip up, DC’s got a local place to get the ingredients.
Founded in 1790, there is no shortage of history in Washington DC. And because it is the United States Capital, more history is being made every day. From the landmarks to the museums, there is something for even the most historically uninterested.
What’s the best route to avoid I-495 at rush hour? What’s the most economical way to ride the metro? This insider info can help you speed up the learning curve of life in your new city.
With a vast amount of jobs in both the public and private sector, job hunting in DC is full of options. Start with a site like Indeed or Monster to get a feel for what’s available locally, and don’t forget to network. Connections are always important, but especially in a competitive city like Washington DC.
Get a comprehensive view of DC parks, check park rules and ordinances, and learn how you can get involved in your community.
Washington DC has plenty to do, and the best part is that much of it is free! You may know that the Smithsonian Museums and monuments are free, but did you know about the winter games at The Wharf and The Zoo? Inexpensive fun can be had by all in DC.
Getting to know public transportation will make your life easier as you get used to living in Washington DC. Get familiar with the lines and information on costs.
From DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) to “bama”, learning the local slang will help you get acclimated to DC and have you sounding like a local in no time.
Downtown, Georgetown, U Street, and more – there is no shortage of shopping opportunities in DC. Head to Georgetown for a range of high end to indie shops or take the metro to U Street for trendy shops.
DC is a professional sports lovers paradise with all major leagues represented. The NFL’s Washington Redskins, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, MLB’s Washington Nationals, and D.C. United of the MLS all call Washington DC home.