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Housing & Dining Programs

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Dining, Catering & Retail Operations

American University is proudly partnered with Aramark Corporation to provide the highest quality food, catering, and customer service to all our summer conference guests. Aramark strives to create food that is alive with flavor and nutrition, as well as prepared from scratch with authentic ingredients. They do this in a socially responsible manner for the well being of our guests, communities and the environment.  

Dining Services

AU has one dining hall on main campus, called Terrace Dining Room (TDR), in the Mary Graydon Center. TDR is an all-you-care-to-eat facility in which one flat rate is used for each customer, rather than à la carte rates.

TDR offers a wide variety of hot and cold entrées, including homestyle and international dishes. Aramark can work with specific needs and dietary concerns when given proper notice. AU has consistently been named one of the most vegetarian friendly campuses in the country.


Aramark can also provide catered meals, breaks and receptions. While catering services are available from Aramark, groups using meeting space at AU are permitted to contract separate catering outside of the university. Outside vendors and caterers are permitted on AU grounds, but we think you will find Aramark’s catering department to be better than any other option available.

Boxed Meals

Planning a trip to the National Mall or other sights and sounds of Washington, DC? Let us prepare boxed breakfasts or lunches for you at the same cost as eating in one of the dining halls! All boxed lunches can be picked up at the loading dock to the Terrace Dining Room (TDR) near the Mary Graydon Center Tunnel entrance on South Campus. Boxed meals should be ordered with your Campus Conference Manager at the same time you submit your final meal requests (two weeks prior to the start date of your event).


If you would like to give your conference guests access to meals as part of their program but flexibility with where and when to dine – EagleBucks are an excellent option! EagleBucks can be used at Aramark locations on campus, as well as retail options on and off-campus. Have lunch at the Terrace Dining Room and then have dinner at Chipotle in Tenleytown. You can use your EagleBucks for both locations.

On-Campus Retail Options

We have numerous retail options on campus ranging from coffee shops to Subway. Each location is ready to meet your needs, accepting cash, credit card, check, or EagleBucks.

  • Asian Flavors (Asian fusion cuisine)
  • Davenport Lounge (coffee shop)
  • P.O.D. (convenience store)
  • Subway (sandwiches and salads)
  • MegaBytes Café (sandwiches and coffee)
  • UPS Store (postal services)