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First-Year Students

On-campus housing is in high demand, so it is important that students submit their enrollment and housing deposits to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible to secure a space. If you have any questions regarding the deposit process, please contact the Office of Admissions.

If you are a new student joining American University for the spring semester, apply through the spring housing application.

The Need To Know of Living On Campus at AU: 2020-2021

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

The online application will open at 12 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 for students who have already submitted a housing deposit with AU Admissions.

The housing application priority deadline for first-year students is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The application allows students to submit room type preferences and roommate matching profile information.

How are housing assignments processed?

Living Learning Community designation, housing deposit date, room type preference, and roommate profile questions are utilized, in that order, to determine first-year housing assignments. First-year housing assignment processes and placements are structured to complement the academic path a student has chosen. Residential first-year students will either participate in a Living Learning Community (LLC) that is directly connected to an academic course or program, a common interest, or will be a member of a general population first-year residential community.

How are roommates assigned?

For the 2020-2021 academic year application, first-year students will not submit a roommate request within the initial application, but after LLC designations have been finalized in early May. Students who have confirmed membership in the same LLC can submit a roommate request between May 18 at 12p.m. and May 29 at 5 p.m.

Students who are not living in an LLC will be able to submit a roommate request during the same period. Students who do not submit a mutual, valid roommate request, will be assigned a roommate(s) utilizing their LLC designation, room type preference, and roommate profile preferences.

When will I know where I am living?

First-year housing assignments (location, room number and room type, as well as roommate(s) information) will be released via a student's AU email account and available within the AU Housing Portal in mid June.



First-year students will be housed in Anderson, Letts, Roper, or Centennial Halls. No Living Learning Communities will be housed in Centennial Hall for the 2020-2021 academic year.

First and second year students who meet the housing application deadlines are guaranteed housing. Third and fourth year students are provided the opportunity to apply for on-campus housing but are not guaranteed. We do not provide housing for graduate students. Off-campus housing support is offered through our off-campus housing page.

All first- and second-year resident students are required to enroll in a meal plan.

All first-year residence halls are open over Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks, but will close for the Winter Break period. Only one residence hall will be open over Winter Break and will require an seperate application for stay at an additional cost.


Yes, a completed online application is required to receive a housing assignment.

The priority deadline ensures that a student will receive their housing assignment in mid-June. Students who miss this deadline but still submitted a housing deposit, will receive an assignment as late as the second week of August.


First-year student provide preferences for traditional double, traditional triple, or suite-style double room types. First-year residence halls have traditional rooms andl community bathrooms or suite-style rooms where a bathroom is shared between two double bedrooms (style not available to Living Learning Community members). All buildings have shared lounges, kitchens, laundry rooms, and study areas.

Temporary triple rooms are traditional double rooms with a third set of furniture added to accommodate three students. Students who reside in a temporary triple room at the start of the semester will be billed the rate of a triple room. Assignment to a triple room will be determined by room type preference, housing deposit date, and participation in a LLC.

We do not offer first-year students the opportunity to preference a single room room type within their housing application due to the incredible scarcity of the room type. Students who are seeking a single room as a medical accommodation should reach out to the Academic Support and Access Center.

Students with questions or requests on disability-related housing accommodations should visit the Academic Support & Access Center (ASAC) website for information and submit a request. Requests must be received by ASAC by May 6, 2020 (this date is tentative and may change).


Due to the exciting growth in small-cohort living learning communities and the timeline of Living Living Community designations, an online search tool is not offered for students to "shop" for a roommate. Housing (including roommates) is assigned to complement a student's academic path. Therefore, the process is designed to encourage students to select a community option as opposed to a roommate first. We believe that students benefit from living with roommates who are in some ways different from themselves.

We encourage you to talk with your roommate, avoid using social media as the only means to get to know him or her. Create time to interact with your roommate over the phone, Facetime, or Skype. Do not just text! Find common interests or take the opportunity to learn about something new to you that your roommate enjoys and can teach you about. Do not forget that your Resident Assistant (RA) can be a great resource to help you in this endeavor.

20 Open-Ended Questions to Help You Break the Ice:

  • What are three things that you are really good at?
  • What is a food that you would never want to eat?
  • What would you do if you suddenly won $100,000?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • How can people tell when you are annoyed?
  • What is a cause that you are incredibly passionate about?
  • What is one of your favorite things about your hometown?
  • How do you like to spend your free time?
  • What is your favorite snack?
  • How would your friends at home describe you?
  • Where is your favorite place in the world?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What do you need when you are stressed?
  • If you could meet anyone from any time or place, who would it be?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What kinds of things make you angry?
  • How would you describe your family?
  • What is your proudest moment?
  • What kind of music to you like?
  • What kinds of things make you really happy?

You and your roommate(s) will share a unique relationship during your time together. You may not always get along with each other, care to spend a lot of time together, or become good friends, but you will share part of your lives with each other. Our philosophy is to encourage roommates to work through initial concerns and perceptions of each other rather than expecting a roommate switch.

  • Before Move-In: Due to high occupancy on campus, there will not be vacancies to change around students after the initial assignment. The Residence Life and Housing staff is available over the summer and through the start of the semester to help students navigate building connections with their assigned roommate(s).
  • After Move-In: A room change freeze is active the first three weeks of the semester as housing confirms arrivals and assignments. An open room change process (emailed to students and available online) will allow students to request room changes within their assignment living community. Please note some communities will remain at high occupancy and room changes may not be an option and staff will assist students in identifying possible room swap opportunities. All first-year students seeking a room change for any reason must meet with their Community Director (CD)prior to a change being approved.

Move-In and Living

Fall 2020 first-year move-in information will be posted shortly.

Due to summer operations and fall preparations, early move in is not currently available. Certain student groups who are required to be on campus early will receive direct correspondence from their sponsoring campus partner.

Visit our packing list for information on what to bring and what to leave at home.

This information will be updated for fall 2020 shortly.

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