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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Zhang Haiyan

By | 2018-04-17T18:58:16+00:00 April 17th, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

Last week I sat down with one of my favorite professors here at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Professor Zhang (张海燕). Professor Zhang teaches China’s Development & Environment, as well as a new course this semester called Environmental-Economic System...

American Foreign Policy Study Trip: Exploring Modern Warfare in the Ukraine

By | 2018-04-16T14:06:40+00:00 April 16th, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

SAIS Europe has many extracurricular activities that I have been eager to take advantage of. One of these opportunities was the American Foreign Policy study trip to Ukraine. It is a country that has particularly interested me, as a nation that is torn...

Summer Internship in DC

By | 2018-04-16T13:57:58+00:00 April 11th, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

 Amanda Bogan, MAIS '18, shares her experience of interning in D.C. at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China during her summer between her first and second year in Nanjing.   While studying for my Master’s degree at the HNC, I have ...

Hiking Xuanwu Lake

By | 2018-04-04T17:22:05+00:00 April 4th, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

Student blogger Emily Rivera, HNC Certificate ’18, writes about her experience hiking around Xuanwu Lake with a local hiking group: 南京徒步爱好群.Pictured with the hiking group: 南京徒步爱好群.Before coming to Nanjing, I had an image in my head of what I thought th...

Johns Hopkins SAIS Wins First Place in International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Competition

By | 2018-03-30T10:25:44+00:00 March 30th, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

SAIS TeamCongratulations to the 2018 SAIS International Criminal Court Moot team. The SAIS team was the first place finisher in the Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean of the International Criminal Court Moot Competition held at Pace Universi...

Reflections on “China and America: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue”

By | 2018-03-28T17:28:11+00:00 March 28th, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

While the HNC offers a great selection of courses taught by stellar faculty, one class particularly stood out during the 2017 fall semester. Student blogger, Alexandra Hansen reflects on her experience in a piloted bilingual taught course, China and Am...

Student Life: Housing in Washington, DC

By | 2018-03-26T15:48:01+00:00 March 26th, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

searching for housing in Washington, DC
Trying to find housing in DC, especially if it is your first time here, could be daunting. The housing market in DC is ruthless as it is highly competitive and moves very quickly. However, that does not mean that it is impossible. 

Here are some resources and tips to help you get a head start on your house hunting in DC. 

Firstly, start looking for places around 2 to 1.5 months before when you plan to move in. Too early would mean that nothing would be available but you also want to make sure that you are not searching at the very last-minute.  

Before starting your search, there are a few questions that you have to ask yourself to help you narrow down your search: 
  1. How much are you willing to spend per month?  
  2. Would you like to have roommates or do you plan on living on your own? 
  3. How would you be planning to get to school? By foot, bike or public transportation?  
  4. What are some things that you consider essential in your place? Eg. laundry facilities, pets allowed? 
Reflecting upon these questions would allow you to determine which neighborhood you should be looking at while keeping your budget in mind. Rental prices in DC vary according to location and the condition of the house while sharing a group house with others generally would be cheaper. As SAIS is located in Dupont Circle, majority of SAIS students live in neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, and Columbia Heights. SAIS is also conveniently located by the red-line Dupont Circle Metro stop so you may want to consider other neighborhoods outside the District such as Rosslyn or Arlington, VA that are metro-accessible and possibly cheaper. 

Check out some of the neighborhood guides such as Compass and Urban Igloo so that you could have a better feel of each neighborhood. Also, check out the safety of a neighborhood by using CrimeDC.com and Crime Map 

Some housing resources to assist your search:

While these resources are helpful, remember to be cautious of fraudulent postings. Especially if it seems too good to be true, take extra steps in making sure that the agent or landlord you are communicating is genuine. Be extra cautious with places that require you to submit a security deposit before seeing the place or before the lease agreement has been signed. 

Documents you may need to apply for a lease:
  • Copy of identification eg. valid driver’s license, passport, I-20, student visa  
  • Proof of income 
    • Most recent pay statements, most recent W-2 tax statement if self-employed, financial aid/sponsorship documents 
  • Acceptance letter from SAIS 
  • Application form and fee  
When you do a viewing, it is best if you come with all the necessary materials required to apply for a leasing application. The housing market in DC moves fast, so if you see a place that you are sure about, just go for it.  

Good luck! 

About the Student Blogger:                                                                                           
Nadia Esham (MA, South East Asia Studies)

Nadia Esham is currently a first-year MA student at SAIS concentrating in Southeast Asia Studies. Originally from Malaysia, she is currently pursuing a specialization in Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory at SAIS and is interested in socio-economic development in Southeast Asia

Coursework at the HNC

By | 2018-03-23T15:18:59+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

Emily Rivera (Certificate ’18) shares her experience choosing classes at the HNC and tips on overcoming the learning curve.During orientation week at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, students gathered in the auditorium to listen to the international and Chi...

Wordless Wednesday: The Start of the Spring Semester

By | 2018-03-21T19:16:00+00:00 March 21st, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

Student blogger, Alexandra Hansen shares her photos taken during the first two weeks of spring semester. This week’s wordless Wednesday features photos of the spring semester banwei (student committee) elections, a day-trip to Suzhou, Nanjing’s plum bl...

Student Life: Student Organizations and Clubs

By | 2018-03-19T20:45:18+00:00 March 19th, 2018|APSIA Member Blog Posts|

Before entering SAIS, you were an undergraduate student, a working professional, or a person trying to find your place in this world. But more than that,  you were maybe also a traveler, an advocate, a runner, a football/soccer player, a writer......