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Welcome to Your Home at AU!

We are committed to making sure your Move-In Day goes smoothly! There will be movers and volunteers to help unload, staff to point the way, hand-outs, and more. Watch for more details coming soon to your AU email and this page.

Your Move-In Date & Time

Pre-Assigned: Each student will be pre-assigned a move-in date and time based on their housing classification. If this date does not work for your plans, you can elect to move to an alternate day or time. Details will be emailed in July and additional information can be found on the move-in section of the Housing Portal.

Change your move-in timeslot: Once students receive their date and time, they can switch to any open move-in timeslot. Not all timeslots will be open, it will be restricted by classification. All students can go to any early day move-in.

Move-In Calendar

Move-In takes place between Sunday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. 28, according to the following schedule:

  • Sunday August 21Early Arrival move-in
  • Monday, August 22 - Early Arrival move-in
  • Tuesday, August 23 -
    • Early Arrival move-in and
    • Transfer move-in
  • Wednesday, August 24 First Year assisted move-in
  • Thursday, August 25 First Year assisted move-in
  • Friday, August 26 - Sophomores move-in
  • Saturday, August 27 - Sophomores & Junior/Senior (upperclass) move-in
  • Sunday, August 28 to Sunday, September 4 - Late move-in available to all students

Move-In Guests

Guests are welcome during move-in and don't need to be registered in advance.

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.

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.

Plan Mail or Packages

Visit AU's Mail Services to learn when mail and packages will be received on campus. Items should not be send in advance of the stated date.

Create a packing list

  • Students live in a variety of residence halls and each hall has specific amenities. 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 on the Housing Packing List.


  • 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

Fall Communication

Move-in communications will be posted here as they are sent to students in July and August.

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