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Students can learn about housing options with the office of Residence Life

Through services including on-campus housing, residential programs, involvement opportunities, and off-campus resources, our goal is to allow students to focus on their education in and out of the classroom. We strive to create meaningful student experiences in the residence halls and on-campus while encouraging students to learn and grow together in a community.


Spring Closing 2020: Residence Halls closed for the current semester on March 23 as part of the university's response to the challenge of COVID-19, which includes a transition to online learning for the rest of Spring 2020. If you have questions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions on our spring 2020 closing page

Incoming Student Applications: First-year and transfer students can learn more about the housing assignment process by visiting the Incoming Residents webpage.

Waitlist Selection: The waitlist process is available for returning students who did not secure a housing assignment through RSRS. Returning students can still apply for 2020-2021 housing through the AU Housing Portal and take part in the waitlist selection process.  

2020-2021 Housing and Licence Agreement: The housing and license agreement has been updated. Please review


Residence hall

American University's residence halls are dynamic communities that promote positive and affirming atmospheres for student learning.

Residence Halls

Neighborhood in D.C.

The Black Affinity Housing provides an intentional residential community dedicated to celebrating, exploring, and affirming black student experiences at AU and beyond.

Affinity Housing



Lofted beds make use of space by creating more room for your belongings

We welcome students to show off their creative and unique room designs in their residence halls using #homeatau.

Best Nest: Decorate Your Room