Housing and Living in Washington, D.C.


Lodging Categories



Finding adequate housing is the top priority of most IMS attending NDU. IMS fall into two categories as follows:

1. Travel and Living Allowance (TLA) recipients who are given a per diem by the USG that covers their lodging costs.

2. Non-TLA recipients who are responsible for self lodging. 

Housing Referral Program 

As a TLA lodging recipient, you have the opportunity to "OPT-IN" to ISMO's housing referral program. If you opt-in, ISMO will arrange your accommodations for you through a corporate housing provider but you will still be responsible for signing your own lease.  You will be assigned a fully-furnished apartment in the Crystal City/Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia based on the number, age and gender of dependents accompanying you for at least 75% of the year. If you have accompanying dependents, the schools in this area are among the best in the country and are adept at educating children who do not speak English as their native language.  ISMO does not own these apartments and is simply facilitating your lodging through a corporate housing provider so that your living situation is settled immediately upon your arrival in the U.S. 


If you opt-in the corporate housing provider, Suite Solutions has agreed to provide the following services in your lease package to ensure your year is as stress free as possible.


•             Airport pick up for you and your accompanying dependents (must arrive on same flight)

•             Utilities (water, heating, electricity, cable, and internet)

•             Security deposit is waived

•             One parking space (with proof of ownership of vehicle)

•             Basic bi-weekly maid service

•             Monthly rent payments to Suite Solutions handled by ISMO


If you would like greater flexibility to choose your own lodging, you have the opportunity to "OPT-OUT" of ISMO's housing referral program. If you opt-out, you will be responsible for securing your own lodging. ISMO will send you a list of corporate housing providers we have worked with in the past, as well as different websites you can use to help you find lodging.  Your reimbursement can only be processed on an accrual basis (AFTER the month has finished) and you must provide a monthly invoice to the ISMO office.  For example, for the month of July, ISMO can’t submit your payment request for the month of July until 01-August, and payment takes 2-3 weeks to process. This means that, depending on your individual lodging choices, you may need to cover all up-front lodging costs, including any security deposit, out of your own pocket, for up to six weeks after your rent was due to your lodging provider.  Reimbursement procedures will vary depending on your individual lodging choices.

You are authorized up to the full lodging per diem rate for the DC area (view FY20 per diem rates here)


Please inform us ASAP if you would like to "Opt-In" or "Opt-Out" of the ISMO housing program.


Finding your own lodging? 

Use the following references to review some of the Corporate Housing Providers located in the Greater DC area. 

Suite Solutions
Churchill Living