SURF students participate in the SURF program at the headquarters site of the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). NIST is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the center of Washington, D.C. Housing arrangements have been made with a local apartment complex for the SURF students to share fully furnished 2-bedroom (4 beds) apartments. Students should expect to share a bedroom with one other person.
The cost of housing is provided in the fellowship grant and is paid for by the school (see FAQs).
The apartments come equipped with phone, TV, linens, pots and pans, dishes and includes use of swimming pools, sport courts or tennis courts, and workout facilities. They even offer free continental breakfasts each day! The complex is a short distance away from NIST and within walking distance of stores, restaurants, and the local subway stop. It is well served by public bus routes that extend to all parts of area. If you would like to bring a car there is plenty of free parking. Direct bus transportation from these apartments to and from the NIST campus may be provided.
The Washington Metropolitan area is rich in cultural and recreational opportunities. The apartments are just a short commute from the nation's capital, theaters, movies, restaurants, evening entertainment, historical and cultural sites, museums, shopping, and many local universities.