Hall on Virginia Avenue, more commonly known as HOVA, is a co-ed student residence hall at 2601 Virginia Ave. hosting about 200 graduate students.
Building and Room StructureEdit
HOVA consists of 8 residential floors plus main level lobby, mezzanine, 2 underground parking levels, and rooftop pool level
Amenities and FeaturesEdit
- Study lounge
- Rooftop pool
- Laundry facilities per floor
- Kitchen facilities
- Room specific: Rooms have full private bathrooms, mini refrigerators, high-speed Internet access and a telephone line per room, and cable television. HOVA also features two newly constructed common space kitchens for student use.
Breakdown of available room types:
- 100% of students will live in singles
Earlier in the 20th century, HOVA was Howard Johnson’s hotel located across the street from the Watergate complex. Room 723 was the lookout room for the infamous Watergate break-in, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In the past, HOVA served as a freshman residence hall; however, the District of Columbia disallowed this plan in 2005 and the university converted HOVA to a graduate student residence hall.
HOVA is generally despised by the graduate student community. Given its history as a luxury hotel, the rooms in HOVA are more like dorm rooms, with a private bathroom, refrigerator, and microwave, than an apartment. Many graduate students believe they should be given more advanced housing accomodations and choose to live off-campus, rather than in GW housing.