I live on The Hill and have for over 4 years. I personally think it's the best value neighborhood in the city. It's relatively inexpensive, populated by young and ambitious politicos (and young families as of late), it's quiet at the right times and you can get anywhere quickly. The only problem is that The Hill dies on the weekends, everyone goes to other neighborhoods. If The Hill is your spot, I suggest not moving further east than Lincoln Park, further north than H St. NE and further south than the Marine Barracks (I St. SE). The area of Anacostia around the stadium is pretty good these days... if you're planning to move into one of the skyrises. The issue with finding a place is that you need to be in town. The Hill tends to be competitive if you're going to be moving in with roommates. Whenever a roommate moves out, we never have fewer than 40 interested people. We show, interview and, if you make it past that, you get to take us out for happy hour to see how we all click. It was like that back when I was looking for a place too. If you don't want a roommate, you probably won't find a basement studio for under $1100. My girlfriend lives in Adam's Morgan on 16 St. NW, near the Cuban and Polish Embassies. The area still has it's rough spots, especially since Columbia Heights (which is undergoing major gentrification) is only 2 blocks away, but it's cheap and vibrant... and really loud. There are tons of apartment buildings in the area, a studio is only about $900 if you can't deal with roommates, the metro is nearby and buses run every 15 mins. It's a 24/7 neighborhood, so there is never a dull moment if you don't want their to be. You don't need a car either, there are 3 grocery stores, Target, Best Buy, etc... all within walking distance. If you do have a car, parking is a bitch between 8pm - 2am on the major nights. Don't move to the suburbs, you will regret it! Move into the city first and then see if you can deal with the boredom and massive metro delays that is suburban life. You'll be working long hours, networking, going out, going to the gym and maybe taking classes at some point. There is something to be said about having your home near by when you need to make a quick change/nap... like a dorm. This city is never-never land.