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Housing & Dining Programs


Housing & Dining Programs
Fax: 202-885-1154
Anderson Hall, Room 130

Main Office Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sat-Sun: Closed;

One Card Office Mon-Thu: 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Fri: 11:30 am-5:00 pm; Sat: 11:00 am-3:00 pm*; Sun: Closed; *Open on Saturday during academic year only, minus University holidays

Christopher Moody
Assistant Vice President for Housing & Dining Programs

Housing & Dining Programs
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8101

Spring 2017 Open Room Change

Related pages: 2016-2017 Academic Year Rates

What is Room Change?

Any student who wishes to change rooms will need to submit a room change request, which is found on the AU Housing Portal. Changes can be to a room with a vacancy, or two students can request to swap rooms.

Room Change Dates

  • Application opens on the AU Housing Portal at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 30 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14.
  • Room offers will be sent only on each Wednesday after 4:00 p.m., to a student's AU e-mail address. Students will have 24 hours from receipt of an offer to accept or decline. For example: If you submit your application on Thursday, February 2, you will receive an e-mail sometime on Wednesday, February 8. You then must respond within your 24-hour window on Thursday.
  • Students who accept a room change by the 24-hour deadline will receive an e-mail confirmation and instructions on for moving.
  • Students will only be allowed to check in and out of rooms during the weekend starting at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.

First Year Students

  • Students who submit a room change request are required to meet with their community director prior to receive room change approval. Your community director will reach out to you to schedule a meeting after a form is submitted.
  • Room change offers will be on a first come, first served basis.
  • Students in a Living Learning Community (LLC) for the spring semester will only be approved to move rooms within their community.

Returning Students

  • While encouraged, you are not required to have a meeting with your community director to receive a room change offer.
  • Room changes will be offered on a first come, first served basis dependent on space availability. 

East Campus Residents

  • Current second year students (sophomores) are able to request to change into vacancies within East Campus.
  • Room changes into East Campus will be offered on a first come, first served basis dependent on space availability.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I have a vacancy in my room. Will I receive a random roommate or be charged for a single?

Students with a vacancy may receive a roommate at any time during the room change process. Students who are assigned a new roommate will be notified no fewer than 24 hours prior to the student moving in to the room.

We will not force students into single rooms or charge for a vacancy within a room. Our office, however, may assign a new roommate anytime, including after the room change period.

What if I have a friend whom I want to room with me?

Roommate requests must be mutual for all students within the room. The student who is moving will need to complete the room change form before the deadline.

I am in a Living Learning Community (LLC). Can I switch rooms?

Yes. LLC students may switch rooms within their program. Students cannot request to move to a different building, floor, or wing not associated with their community.

I am in a SPExS program. Can I switch rooms?

Students in the Washington Semester Program (WSP) and the English Language and Training Academy (ELTA) should reach out to their program advisors regarding their room change request prior to completing the application. 

How do I swap rooms with another student?

In order to complete a room swap, both students wishing to change rooms must complete the room change application. 

If my roommate changes rooms, will I be notified?

We encourage students who request a room change to notify their roommates of their intentions. It is not, however, mandatory. Once your roommate moves out of your space, you will only receive an e-mail if we intend to fill your vacancy with a new roommate.

If I switch to a room with a different cost, how will my billing be affected?

Your billing will be prorated to reflect the cost difference for each room. For example, if you moved from Nebraska Hall single to a Cassell Hall double, you will be charged for the number of days you were in Nebraska. Your cost will then be adjusted to reflect the remainder of the semester in Cassell Hall.

Can I request a single room?

Yes. You can request a single room, however single rooms are very limited and are often full for the entire academic year. We can only offer single rooms on a first come first served basis as space is available. 

If I do not currently have any roommates, can I keep my room as a single?

If you are in a double with a vacancy, you cannot opt to keep your room as a single. If you have a specific accommodation need for a single room, please reach out to Academic Support & Access Center for details on how to request a room accommodation. Our office will review our space availability at the conclusion of the room change period for any potential room buyout offers.

Visit your AU Housing Portal to work on your applications and see your housing status.