moving to Alexandria

What to Know When Moving to Alexandria

January 21, 2021 | Inside Alexandria | By: The Goodhart Group

Moving to Alexandria? Congratulations! We know you will love our hometown just as much as we do. To help you prepare for your move, we’ve assembled this handy list of services you may need as you transition to the area. From preschools to parks, from voting to vehicle registration, we have you covered!

Register for Schools

Click here to register your child for K-12 education in the City of Alexandria. You can find your child’s school with its school locator. Alexandria City Public Schools 2019 - 2020 Calendar

The City has one high school spread between two campuses, two middle schools (grades 6-8), two K-8 schools, 13 elementary schools (preK or K – grade 5, and two alternative schools.

For a list of private schools in Alexandria, check out this post.

Need an Alexandria preschool? Look no further than this post.

Other Registrations

If you’re a U.S. citizen living in Alexandria and will be 18 by the next general election, you can register to vote! Have a valid Virginia DMV driver’s license or state ID card in order to register.

Be sure to register your home with 911 as soon as possible.

If your vehicle has never been registered with the City of Alexandria, you must register it within 30 days of moving the vehicle into the City.

Utilities and Services

Here is a complete list of the companies providing utility services in Alexandria. Information on the City’s garbage, recycling, and leaf collection can be found here.

Hospitals and Urgent Care

Alexandria is home to one hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital, located at 4320 Seminary Road. This bed hospital 318-bed community hospital offers a variety of services, including emergency services and labor and delivery. Urgent care clinics can be found at Nova Patient Care in Old Town (526 N. Henry Street), Allcare (3117 Duke Street) MedStar Health Urgent Care (3610D King Street), and at the Minute Clinic at the Del Ray CVS (415 E. Monroe Avenue).

Parks and Recreation

The City of Alexandria is home to plentiful green space and trails, as well as dog parks!

Jobs in the Area

Commuting from Alexandria to DCFind out about the largest employers in the DC area and what it’s like to commute from Alexandria to DC. Be sure to read our related post on other things that are good to know when moving to the DC area. 


Check out our web pages for each of Alexandria’s main neighborhoods: Old Town, Rosemont, Del Ray, Seminary Ridge, Braddock Heights, Beverley Hills, Parkfairfax, College Park, Cameron Station, and Jefferson Park are all popular neighborhoods in the City of Alexandria.

If you need help finding the right neighborhood or home in the City of Alexandria, please reach out. We’ve been selling Alexandria real estate for nearly 30 years and know this city better than most! We’d be delighted to help you as well.

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