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Summer Student Housing FAQ

When can I check-in?

Students may check in at the front desk of their building beginning at 3 p.m. on their assigned check-in date.

I currently live on campus. Can I stay in my current spring room for the summer?

The entire American University campus is utilized for summer conference operations from May through August. All AU students are assigned to one building. If your current room assignment is in the summer building, we will do our best to allow you to remain in your academic year room assignment.

Are the residence hall policies different over the summer?

No. Alcohol is still not permitted in any American University residence hall, regardless of whether or not the resident is 21. American University students will go through the same process with Student Conduct if they are caught consuming or being knowingly and willingly in the presence of alcohol in the residence halls.
Additionally, due to the hazards associated with their use, the following appliances may not be present in residence hall rooms:

  • Personal air conditioners
  • Grills (including George Foreman grills)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Immersion coals
  • Oil, kerosene, and gas lamps
  • Open-coiled appliances
  • Steam vaporizers
  • Waterbeds
  • Microwaves
  • Any appliance attached to multiple extension cords

These appliances may only be used in designated cooking areas or kitchens:

  • Coffee makers
  • Electrical appliances with heating elements
  • Hot pots  
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Rice cookers
  • Toasters/Toaster ovens

Your safety is important, and these rules are made with this in mind.

If I am placed in a double or triple room, will my roommate also be an AU student? Can I request to live with a friend?

Yes, we house our American University students together over the summer. In order to be placed with someone you know, BOTH students must make the request in writing (either on the application or in an email to If both students request one another, we do our best to meet those requests. Requests that are not mutual will not be honored.

Can I purchase a meal plan?

Yes, summer meals plans are available. You can purchase a summer meal plan during your application process or once you have arrived on campus. EagleBucks will also remain active over the summer.

What dates are available for summer housing in Summer 2017?

Please refer to our Summer Student Housing page for the most updated information.

When does Fall 2017 housing open?

The residence halls reopen for returning students registered for fall 2017 housing on August 23, 2017.

Students staying on campus through August 13, 2017 and have confirmed fall housing through American University will be able to transition directly into their fall assignment on August 13, 2017. Students DO NOT NEED to complete an early arrival form to take advantage of this transition. 

The Housing & Dining Programs staff will contact all students living in summer housing to make arrangements for the transition from their summer assignment to their academic year room.

  • Students must be available to move to their academic year assignment on August 13, 2017.
  • Students must pay for their stay (summer housing) through August 13, 2017 in order to remain on campus.
  • Storage will not be available for students who are unable to move on August 13.
  • All American University students living in AU Summer Housing but moving off campus for the Fall 2017 semester must check-out by 12 p.m. (noon) on August 10, 2017.

Where do I sign up?

Current students should visit their housing portal to submit their application.

What if I have additional questions and I cannot find the answers online?

For any additional questions, please call 202-885-3370 or email

When will I know if housing was available to me?

We do our best to accommodate all requests. We will process your application within 10 business days of receipt.

Can I receive mail? If so, at what address?

Mail Services will continue during the summer months. Detailed information on summer mail services will be available to all on-campus residents at your building desk in May.

Mail should be addressed:
Student Name
Hall Name, Room Number – SUMMER 2017
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016