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Choosing A Roommate

Few decisions will impact the next year of your life as profoundly as selecting a roommate. Living with a peer is an important step in the student development process, inevitably teaching many of the life lessons that occur out of the classroom. While it is not encouraged, many students opt to live with friends from high school who are also coming to American University. Others prefer the luck of the draw, believing that the opportunity to make new friends is more important than familiarity. Whichever route you take, your roommate will hopefully be a confidant, study-buddy, dinner partner, teammate and, above all, a friend.

Students will have an opportunity to search for roommates utilizing the AU Housing portal in May after completing their housing applications. Please note that roommate pairings and room preferences will be limited by your program, cohort and room type. For example, a student who participates in the Honors Program will not be eligible to live with a student who wishes to live in Social Justice Living Learning Community. The same will be true for if your roommate chooses to live in a double room and you choose to live in a triple room. Please contact us should you have any questions.

Roommate assignments will be available in July via your portal by clicking the Life@AU section. Roommate assignments for the spring semester post in December. The assignment information will include basic and contact information as it becomes available.

Roommate switches are not allowed for the first two weeks of classes. Starting on the third week of classes your hall staff will be able to walk you through the process if you are looking to switch roommates.