Health & Wellness

Personal health and wellness are critical to a successful student experience. OSS works with departments, faculty, advisors, and the larger GW community to provide an integrated and holistic approach to student support, that considers the personal dimension of health and wellness and accessibility to safe spaces, food security, and physical well-being and mental guidance, integral to a successful experience.


Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation will provide sound programming for the university's diverse community in the areas of intramural and sport clubs, fitness and wellness instruction and informal recreational opportunities. 

  • The Lerner Health and Wellness Center (LHWC)- LHWC, located at 23rd & G Streets, is available to faculty, staff, students, and community affiliates.  LHWC features a 10,000 sq. foot fitness center with a variety of cardio and strength training equipment, featuring an expansive bank of flat panel TV's.  The upper levels include two large gymnasia with a suspended track and four courts for drop-in recreation and scheduled events including basketball, volleyball, badminton, and intramural sports.  A large multipurpose room for group fitness, dance, and sports conditioning is located on the 2nd level.  On the lower levels there is a three-lane lap pool, four racquetball courts, massage therapy space, full locker rooms, and equipment issue. 
  • Intramural & Club Sports- Intramural sports enable students to reap the health and wellness benefits of athletic competition (not to mention the fun), while remaining focused on academics and other aspects of life at GW.  


CARE Network
At GW, we aim to create a Colonial community that cares for one another. From the moment students arrive on campus, they begin to find their place at the university. The college experience can often be challenging, and asking for help can be difficult. The CARE Network reaches out to offer support so that students can be as successful as possible through graduation.

Challenges are part of the college experience; through the CARE Network, students are given the support they need to persist and succeed at GW and beyond.  More information about the CARE Network can be found here.


Colonial Health Center 
The Colonial Health Center (CHC) at the George Washington University (GW) is a multidisciplinary, integrated, student healthcare service that provides confidential, student-centered care in an accessible, safe, culturally sensitive, and supportive environment. The CHC seeks to promote healthy lifestyle choices and to holistically support the physical and emotional well-being of students in order to achieve academic success.  The CHC offers: 

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)- CAPS supports mental health and personal development by collaborating directly with students to overcome challenges and difficulties that may interfere with academic, emotional, and personal success.    
  • Medical Services- The Medical Services Team at the CHC provides high-quality medical care to all GW students; offers easy access to care to enable students to return to classes as quickly as possible; educates and encourages students to become active participants in their care; monitors and responds to public health issues on campus; and supports the university community in making healthy lifestyle choices through education, outreach, and special programming
  • Health Promotion and Education- The assessment, outreach, and education branch of the CHC, equips GW students with the resources they need to establish and maintain a well-balanced life with healthy habits that contribute to their physical, emotional, and behavioral well-being.  More information about Health Promotion & Education can be found here.


Collegiate Recovery Community
GW is proud to host a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) to support students in recovery from substance use disorders, eating disorders, and/or other process addictions.  The CRC provides a supportive community to help students navigate recovery while pursuing their academic, professional, and personal goals. 

GW Listens
Designed by students, run by students, built for students.  GW Listens is a free, anonymous peer support hotline available from Sunday- Tuesday, 9:00pm-1:00am.  

If you call outside their hours, your call will be forwarded to CHC's 24/7 support line. If you send a text, messages will be replied to when they return.

Please send an email to [email protected] if you have any questions about the GW Listens program. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Instagram to get updates, or visit our website for more information.


If you or someone you know has experienced sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence or stalking, GW wants to help you get the support that you need. Haven offers resources related to sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence and stalking. 

To learn more about your options for support, please visit their website.


The Store 
The Store is a student-run food pantry at the George Washington University (GW) that is managed by the Store student organization and the Center for Student Engagement, providing resources and support for students living with food insecurity. Over the past couple of years, the awareness of this need has increased on college campuses as students make hard choices about how to spend their limited resources. The Store was founded on the principles of Faith, Trust, and Respect and these values guide our work every day.  Our mission is to address student need at GW by offering food and other resources to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

The Store is located at District House Room B121 from 6:00am to 2:00am every day or visit our website.