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Before You Arrive

Know Where You're Living

  • You can find your room assignment and suitemate's contact information, if relevant, on your AU Housing Portal after you receive a housing assignment.
  • You can also visit your residence hall's webpage to view virtual tours, learn about room dimensions, review what is included in your room, and more.

Choose Your Date and Time

Move-in takes place between August 22 and August 27. Students select a date and time in the housing portal and move in on the following days:

  • Sophomores and upper-class students in Frequency or Nebraska: Sunday, Aug. 22-Sunday, Aug. 29.
  • Sophomores and upper-class students in East Campus, Cassell, or McDowell: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 22-24.
  • First-year students: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25-27.
  • Transfer students: Move-in dates are based on classification as first-year, sophomore, or upperclass and residence hall as noted above.

Submit Your One Card Photo Online

To ensure that your One Card is ready when you arrive and to avoid lines, submit your One Card Photo online by August 22.

Pre-Register Any Guests

Pre-register up to two (2) guests to enter the resident hall during Move-In during a two-hour period to help you get settled. Guests MUST be pre-registered on the AU housing portal.

Plan Mail or Packages

August 16 is the first day that packages will be accepted at AU. We strongly urge students to NOT mail any items they will need immediately after move-in such as medication, bed linens, or toiletry. 

See the Mail & Packages page to find how to address packages, where to pick up, and what can (and can't) be mailed.

Create a packing list

  • Students live in a variety of residence styles. Because specific layouts can vary, check out your residence hall page to learn more.
  • You'll need to bring far less than you imagine! Many necessities can be purchased on or near campus - at stores in nearby neighborhoods such as Tenleytown (5 minutes by free AU shuttle from campus), the Wisconsin Avenue shops, and elsewhere in DC.  Make your move-in motto "when in doubt, leave it out."
  • Many students take advantage of AU's various vendor partnerships to help furnish their spaces, by renting a MicroFridge or lockbox or puchasing bedding and room decor.
  • Certain items are restricted in your room but can be used in your lounge space. Others are completely prohibited in your hall and on campus. Know what to bring (and what not to bring):


  • Twin sheets and pillowcases (full sheets for Nebraska Hall)
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Mini fridge, if not renting (no larger than 4.5 cubic ft.)

  • Alarm clock
  • Non-halogen desk lamp
  • Surge protector power strip with long cord
  • Bath towels
  • Shower shoes or flip flops
  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Toiletries caddy
  • Headphones
  • Hangers
  • Wall mounting strips
  • Laundry bag and high efficiency (HE) laundry detergent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Small vacuum
  • Trash and recycling bins
  • Dishes and glasses
  • Eating utensils
  • Water pitcher
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Thermometer

  • Disinfectant wipes/spray 

  • Single serve coffee maker with automatic shut-off (ex. Keurig, Bella, etc.) 

Nebraska Hall and the Frequency residents should bring kitchen equipment, cooking appliances, toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

* Cassell, Centennial, and East Campus residents should bring bathroom cleaning supplies and toilet paper.

It is a violation of the Residence Hall Regulations to bring these items to the AU Residence Halls:

  • Weapons
  • Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Fireworks
  • Halogen lamps
  • Open-coil appliances (toasters, hot plates, space heaters, etc.)
  • Grills (including George Foreman)
  • All candles and incense
  • Space heater
  • Hot plates

Items with Exceptions

  • Pets
  • Bed loft
    • Must rent bed lofts via AU
  • MicroFridge & Microwaves
    • Can be rented from MyFridgeRental
      • Microwaves are only allowed in-room when rented from MyFridgeRental as part of a microfridge unit. Microwaves are also available in community kitchens on each residence hall floor.
    • Students may bring a personally owned refrigerator that is no larged than 4.5 cubic ft. in size.
  • Extension cords
    • Surge protector power strips allowed)
  • Electric coffee makers or electric tea kettles
    • Single serve coffee maker with automatic shut-off (ex. Keurig, Bella, etc.)

All cooking devices that produce heat (ex. rice cooker, toaster, crock pot, etc.) can only be used in common (traditional or suite style halls) or in-unit(apartment style halls) kitchens. Students living in kitchens can store these devices in their room when not in-use and after they have cooled down. 

The following are required for any heat producing cooking device to be approved in any residence hall: 

  • All heat elements must be enclosed (ex. no stand alone burners or hot plates) 
  • All devices must have an automatic shut-off 
  • All devices must be UL approved
Lofted beds make use of space by creating more room for your belongings

Fridges & Other Amenities

Do you want a microfridge for your room? A good deal on bedding? Check out AU's vendor partnerships.

For Your Room