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Washington Semester Program FAQs - Life at American University


What are the housing options?

You may live in a university-sponsored apartment which follow university housing policies. Please note that requested housing assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

While you are not required to live in AU-affiliated housing should you decide to live elsewhere, we are unable to assist in any housing-related issue. You can find your own housing using the AU off-campus housing website.

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Can I request to share a room with someone I already know?

Yes, American University makes every effort to fulfill roommate requests, but they cannot be guaranteed. All honored roommate requests must be mutual and be included on each roommate’s housing application before the priority housing deadline.

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I am over 21, can I bring alcohol into my university-sponsored apartment?

No, alcohol is not permitted in any American University residence hall or university-sponsored housing.

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Can I use the AU Fitness Centers?

Yes, access will be programmed onto your AU ID Card. You must sign a liability waiver to use the centers.

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How secure is the AU campus?

Our public safety officers patrol campus regularly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Where can I eat or use my Meal Plan on campus?

The Terrace Dining Room on main campus is the main dining hall where you can use your meal plan. You can purchase food on campus at many restaurants including Starbucks, Elevation Burger, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Bene Pizzeria, Freshii, Global Fresh, P.O.D. Mini Mart, P.O.D. Market, Subway, Argo Tea, Mega Bytes Café and more. For a full list of options, see the Housing and Dining website.

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