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International Student & Scholar Services


Coming to DC and American University, you have a number of choices for living. The campus itself hosts students in residence halls where you could live only steps from classes, while comfortable rooms and apartments in the city can be found on the web. Below are instructions and recommendations for exploring both on and off-campus options.

Undergraduate Students: Living On-Campus

AU has a number of housing options on campus ranging from traditional residence hall to apartment and suite-style living accommodations. Living on campus can help you take full advantage of your time at AU as you’ll be steps away from classes in a safe, education-centered environment.

If you are interested in living in one of the many university residence halls, you can explore the Housing and Dining Programs website to see exactly what's available. You can also contact Housing and Dining Programs by phone at +1.202.885.3370, fax at +1.202.885.1154, or by email at

Please apply as early as possible for housing, as assignments are given on a first-come first-served basis, and on-campus housing is limited.

***Due to high demand from undergraduate students, AU is not able to offer on-campus housing for graduate students.***

Living Off-Campus

Living off campus in Washington, DC, can be very exciting, though it can take time to find. If you're planning to live off-campus, we encourage you to arrive to the area before your orientation program begins in order to locate a place to live. Unfortunately, AU can't offer temporary on-campus housing this year.

Students in F-1 and J-1 status are allowed to enter the US in student status up to 30 days before the start date on the I-20 or DS-2019. Please see the university's Living in DC site and Off-Campus Resources site for more information and resources such as apartment and house listings, roommate-search postings, neighborhood descriptions, and more. You can also find helpful Quick Links on the right.

Please note that inclusion on this website is not an endorsement of these services by American University or the International Student & Scholar Services office. Please report any positive or negative experiences with these services to ISSS at