Arlington is a city that is deeply connected to the federal government in many ways. Technically speaking, it is not actually a city, but a county. Most simply refer to the location as "Arlington" but in reality Arlington was never incorporated as a stand-alone city, and is actually part of the larger Washington Metro area. Many federal agencies are headquartered in Arlington.The Pentagon is one of the most visible symbols of the government in Arlington, but the Department of Defense is far from the only federal tenant. DARPA, the TSA and the DEA are also all situated here. The federal government employs more than 34,000 people in Arlington, more than three times as many as the next largest employer.
Arlington has a good balance of vacant apartments that should make it possible to find a place in any month of the year. Don't try to rush the apartment hunt though, as the relatively high prices may mean that some apartments are out of your budget. To find a quality place in budget, give yourself about 8 weeks to find an apartment.
Applying for an apartment in Arlington is a little tricky because of how expensive the apartments are. Landlords aren't going to rent to you without some sort of assurance that you can afford the place. Sometimes, this might take the form of a credit check, and in other instances you may need to offer up some sort of confirmation of employment.
Arlington is very easy to survive in without a car, especially because it is connected to the Washington D.C. subway system. The 3 subway lines make it easy to get around Arlington, and into the core of D.C. at any time. There are also busses that cover most of the area, operated by the Arlington Transit Buses or ART system.
Visiting the variety of monuments, historic buildings, and government facilities that are open to public tours can keep you busy for months in Arlington and the greater D.C. area. The Fashion Center is a large shopping center that is accessible from the Pentagon City transit stop. Although great restaurants and bars can be found throughout the city, to find a wide selection within a small, walkable neighborhood, head to Clarendon.