Most Washington Semester Program students will live with their roommate(s) in The Berkshire Apartments “The Berks.” Studio and one-bedroom, small and medium/large sized, apartments are available in university-leased spaces at the Berkshire Apartments.
Most Washington Mentorship Program and International Gateway Program students live with their roommate(s) on the American University main campus in Leonard Hall. It is a traditional residence hall with corridor-style rooms and shared hall bathrooms. Renovated in 2007, Leonard Hall has a lounge space that was designed and furnished by Crate and Barrel.
All residence halls are equipped with beds, dressers, desks, and chairs. You are expected to bring linens (standard twin sheets, blankets/comforters, pillows, pillow cases) and a a wastepaper basket. Optional items to consider bringing are laundry basket, computer, alarm clock, iron, dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, hangers, mini refrigerator, laundry detergent, non-halogen desk lamp, mirror, radio, stereo, television and a small vacuum. The halls are air-conditioned for the months during and around the summer, but you might want to bring a small fan for the warmer weeks in April and May.
The Jacobs Fitness Center on the main campus is open early and has state of the art equipment. As the residence hall rooms are no longer equipped with land lines, AU suggests that students sign up for a cell phone plan before they get to campus. Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile provide service within the metro area. Students may also sign up for a plan once they arrive.
Like all students residing in American University residence halls, SPExS students are expected to follow the American University Code of Conduct. The regulations protect both you and your fellow students. They will be explained thoroughly in mandatory floor meetings with your resident assistants and should not be taken lightly. We want you to make the most of your Washington experience by becoming familiar with these policies. Keep in mind that the university's "no alcohol" and "no cars" policies are the most commonly misinterpreted. The resident assistants, resident director, and Washington Semester staff can answer any questions you may have.
Off Campus Housing:
It is not mandatory that you reside in campus-affiliated housing. Some students choose to do so, while others find their own accommodations. If you are from a member school, please contact your home school representative regarding the policy about housing options in Washington, DC. The Housing and Dining programs also have information regarding off-campus living opportunities.
The Residence Hall staff and Resident Director are here to help if there are problems with your living arrangements. If you have any residence hall problems, you can see the RA on duty or contact the front desk of your residence hall.