What Our Visitors Say
“Thanks again for allowing us to stay at your site. I believe this is our 8th time staying at the Washington Seminar Center!  It’s always been such a wonderful experience staying at your church. It’s nice because the students have more together time than they would at a regular hotel. ”
– Soraya , leader of 55-member group from Florida, 2013
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What is Available at the WSC?


  • Fully-equipped commercial kitchen — 2 refrigerators, 2 coffee makers, stove and oven, tqo slow-cookers, air popcorn popper, two toasters, two microwaves, dishes and flatware for up to 60 people, cookware, dishtowels, and plastic storage containers
  • Three parking spaces, each large enough to accommodate a 15-person van or mini-bus (Charter buses can park at Union Station, which is eight blocks away. For charter bus access and drop off, the best drop-off site is beside the church on Independence Avenue SE. To learn how to navigate a commercial bus so close to the Capitol Hill security area visit http://www.aoc.gov/visit-capitol-hill/getting-here/buses.)
  • Easy access to DC public buses (30 line) and METRO (subway) system (just a few blocks from two metro stations – Capitol South and Eastern Market).   More informati0n about getting around DC is available here. Plan your trips around town using the metro trip planner.
  • Wireless Internet for programming (There is a USB connector cable on the television.) and moderate personal use
  • Television with DVD and VHS players, and a large collection of DVDs and VHS tapes (There is no aerial.)
  • Five couches in a lounge space
  • Air conditioning, fans, and radiator heat
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Security closet (if sharing the WSC with another group)
  • “Red Book” of local information regarding grocery stores, accessing health care, laundry, local maps and transit information, etc.
  • Leader’s Cabinet (on the left near the door to the kitchen and Kidney Room) has a small supply of office supply items. If you use-up anything or see something that’s missing please let the coordinator know about it.
  • First aid kit is in the Leader’s Cabinet (on the left near the door to the kitchen and Kidney Room) and has a supply of common first aid supplies in the clear container with the blue lid. If you use-up anything or see something that’s missing please let the coordinator know about it. Information about accessing non-emergency medical care is in the Red Book. In case of a medical emergency always call 911.
  • Cleaning supplies — mops, brooms, sponges, trash bags, disinfectant cleaner, toilet paper and bathroom hand towels
  • A pretty safe neighborhood. That being said, it’s always good to follow a few city-life precautions.  In large groups, use a buddy system at night.  Should you need them, the local police substation is located four blocks away at 500 E Street SE Washington DC, 202-698-0068.

What You Should Bring to WSC

  • Linens — including sleeping bags, sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels (Click here for information on buying and shipping bedding.)
  • Clothing — if you are doing service work, you will need long pants, modest tops, and closed-toe shoes. Please don’t bring clothing with inappropriate slogans.
  • Kitchen supplies — food, napkins, soap, and condiments