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Associate Fellowship Program: Life in the DC Metro Area

The Washington D.C. metro area includes the District of Columbia, and the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. The National Library of Medicine is located a short distance from the Nation’s Capital on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD. The NIH campus is easily accessible by the metrorail’s red line to Medical Center and multiple bus routes.

The DC metro area is a very diverse region. The District of Columbia is home to the federal government, international embassies, and a variety of educational and nonprofit institutions. There is always something free and interesting to do in the city, including museums, national monuments, concerts, and the zoo. The city and its surrounding suburbs also have art galleries, a variety of ethnic restaurants, neighborhood festivals, movie theaters and live theatres, shopping, and trendy hot spots. There are many walkable and bike friendly communities, and parks that provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. A reliable public transit system enables easy access to most of the communities within the region.

Choosing a Place to Live

There are many options when looking for a place to live, and there is not one specific community that works best for everyone. Incoming Associates are encouraged to contact current and alumni Associates for advice and resources specific to their situation.


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Bethesda Transit

DC Circulator Bus

Capital Bikeshare

Last Reviewed: March 20, 2019