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ELTA Intensive - Housing & Dining

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Summer On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is only available to ELTA students during the summer semester. In addition to submitting a housing application, students who would like to live on campus while studying in intensive program must also provide a housing deposit. Students will then be contacted by the office of Housing and Dining.

Off-Campus Housing

Students in the fall and spring semesters of ELTA Intensive must find housing off-campus. As American University is conveniently connected by both the Metro Red line and Metro busses and has many parking facilities, it is possible to commute to campus from almost anywhere in the Washington metro area. Finding convenient and high-quality housing is even easier thanks to the many online resources for students such as housing guides, newsletters, webinars, online search engines and individual consultation appointments. To view the many services AU’s Office of Housing and Dining Programs has to offer, visit their website.

Instead of renting an apartment or room on their own, students can also choose to live in a homestay. Living with an American family is a great way for students to practice their English in an informal setting and learn about American culture. With a host family students have the opportunity to see Washington D.C. from the perspective of a local resident and make friends in the process. The English Language Training Academy does not arrange, inspect or recommend any specific homestays, but interested students should contact local homestay companies that place students into short-term housing in the Washington D.C. area.


American University has a diverse array of dining options for students from made-to-order restaurants and cafes to traditional “all-you-can-eat” dining halls like the Terrace Dining Room (TDR). All Intensive students are eligible for meal plans, which allow them to pre-pay for a specific number of meals per semester. Many students choose this option because it a convenient way to get nutritious meals on campus without needing to carry cash or credit cards.

Instead of purchasing a meal plan, students also have the option of simply adding money to their AU One Card, a student ID card that can be used to purchase food and goods in a number of on and off-campus merchants. For more information about these programs, visit the Dining Services website.