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East Campus Residences

At the core of Housing & Dining Programs’ mission is providing residential environments that exceed the expectations of the university community by promoting personal success, social engagement, and global responsibility. Several years in the making, American University's Strategic Plan named the expansion of student housing a priority and East Campus was imagined.

Still in the construction phase, East Campus will consist of a pair of connected academic buildings; the Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building, housing both instructional and administrative space; and three residence halls. Built with sustainability in mind, East Campus aims for LEED Certification with great efforts taken to limit the number of greenhouse gases, produce less waste, and ensure energy efficiency.

For an overview of the project from a construction standpoint, as well as updates throughout the building process, visit the Building AU website.

Congressional, Constitution, and Federal Halls

The three residence halls on East Campus take their names; Congressional, Constitution, and Federal; from three buildings that once stood on American University's Tenley Campus. Tenley Campus is now the home of the University’s Washington College of Law. Today’s Constitution, Congressional, and Federal Halls are located on the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues, steps from Bender Library and the Quad.  

Once complete, East Campus will be home to 590 sophomore students residing in mostly double-rooms, each with ample storage space and bathroom. To see a sample floor layout or 3D rendering of a residential room on East Campus, visit our Residence Hall Room Dimensions & Images page.

Student lounges on each residential floor are furnished with flat-screen TVs, comfortable furniture, and kitchens. These spaces will offer students a place to relax after class and meet with others to study. Other amenities, such as a 24-hour front desk and laundry rooms on each floor, allow students to pick up packages and plan around their own schedules. 

A grab-and-go style food venue, and special event meeting spaces, are also in the plans for East Campus.

Explore. Engage. Transform.

The East Campus sophomore residential experience is centered around the themes of exploration, engagement, and transformation: exploring one’s self and all that AU and D.C. have to offer, engaging with a multitude of faculty/staff, peers, and subject matters, and transforming one’s campus experience and community.

East Campus is meant to be a hub for students to live and learn. There will be opportunities to connect with faculty in an informal setting, connect with peers in the community at both small- and large-scale programs and study breaks held by Resident Advisors throughout the year, and participate in events held by Hall Council.

Current East Campus Residents

  • Federal and Congressional Halls are set to be completed in December 2016, with move-in scheduled for the start of spring semester!
  • A complete East Campus Move-In Guide will be sent electronically in late November, so be sure to check your AU e-mail account for the most up-to-date information.

How to Get Involved

The East Campus Advisory Board was created to ensure student voice continues to be part of the East Campus planning process, especially when it comes to the areas of move-in/out, communication, community building, and programming.

If you are interested in learning more about the Advisory Board or participating in building community in another way, send an e-mail to or schedule a meeting!

Interested in Living in East Campus?

If you are a current sophomore student living on campus, you can apply to live in Federal and Congressional Halls for Spring 2017 by completing a Fall to Spring Room Change Request. Check the Housing & Dining Programs main page for more information starting in early November.

There will be a room selection process for those interested in living in Constitution Hall when the building is ready for its first occupants.

* This webpage will be updated as details emerge. Please bookmark this page for your continued reference and follow the East Campus Facebook page for updated information.

Have Questions?

Questions regarding the building of East Campus should be directed to Building AU.

Questions regarding living in Constitution, Congressional, or Federal Halls can be directed to Christina Colasanto, Project Manager, by calling Housing & Dining Programs at 202-885-3370, sending an e-mail to, or scheduling a meeting.