Life In DC and Bethesda
The main NIH campus is located in Bethesda, Maryland, in the DC metropolitan area. It’s easily accessible from almost anywhere in the greater metro area by car, bike or subway (subway fare is covered for all government employees, including NIH trainees). Bethesda itself is a great place to live and work, and contains one of the most highly educated populations in the nation. The downtown area is full of things to do, and you can usually find NIH graduate students at its many watering holes and restaurants, especially for the Wednesday afternoon socials!
Students at NIH often live and spend their free time outside of Bethesda, in the larger Washington, DC area. Home to almost 6 million people, the DC metro area contains all branches of the federal government and countless monuments, museums and landmarks. It is also home to one of the country’s richest food, theater and arts scenes and an incredibly diverse population. With more universities than you can count, and an increasingly young population, it is an ideal city for students to live in.