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Incoming Residents

This webpage has information on the application process for incoming first-year, transfer, and Washington Mentorship Program students. 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 fall semester, apply through the fall housing application

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

Please view these infographics for an overview of important information:

 

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

First-Year students are defined as those who have been directly admitted to an undergraduate degree program at American University and have not attended another postsecondary institution (not including dual-enrollment credits completed during high school tenure). The housing status will be parallel to how the Office of Admissions has classified an incoming student.

  • Application opens for 2020-2021: June 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.
  • Priority deadline: June 23, 2020 at noon.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer students are defined as those who have been directly admitted to an undergraduate degree program at American University and have previously attended another postsecondary institution. The housing status will be parallel to how the Office of Admissions has classified an incoming student.

  • Application opens for 2020-2021: June 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.
  • Priority deadline: June 23, 2020 at noon.

Washington Mentorship Program

Students participating in Washington Mentorship Program for the fall semester can apply through the incoming student application process.

  • Application opens for 2020-2021: June 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.
  • Priority deadline: June 23, 2020 at noon.

Housing Application process 

Housing charges will be posted by July 24.

The online application is open for students who have already submitted a housing deposit with AU Admissions.

The housing application priority deadline for incoming students is Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at noon. The application allows students to submit room type preferences and neighbor/suitemate requests.

HRL uses the following information, in this order, to generate housing assignments:

  • Living Learning Community (LLC) or program requirements
  • Housing deposit date
  • Room type preference
  • Neighbor/suitemate requests are utilized,

Incoming 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 residential community.

As part of our efforts to ensure the health of the residential community, all bedrooms on-campus will have a single resident regardless of their designed occupancy for the academic year. Given our single bedroom occupancy plan, incoming students will be eligible to live in different on-campus residence halls. Incoming students are eligible to live in the following halls:

South Campus (Anderson, Centennial, Letts, Roper)

  • Community-Based Research Scholars
  • Honors
  • Athletes
  • 3 Year Scholars
  • Non-LLC students
  • Transfers

North Campus (Hughes, McDowell, Leonard, Cassell)

  • University College
  • Washington Mentorship Program
  • Black Affinity Housing
  • Non-LLC students
  • Transfers

East Campus (Constitution, Duber, Federal)

  • Non-LLC students
  • Transfers

North and Off-Campus Apartments (Nebraska, Frequency)

  • Transfers

Incoming students may submit a suitemate or neighbor request within the application. Students can submit a suitemate or neighbor request until June 23 at noon.

Please note the following about the suitemate and neighbor request process:

  • Requests must be mutual.
  • Housing will attempt to place neighbor groups on the same floor, but may only be able to accommodate the same building or same side of campus.
  • Successfully submitting a request does not guarantee your request will be fulfilled. You must select the same room type preferences as your group members. You must be eligible for the same room type and building as your group member.

Incoming student housing assignments (location, room number, room type, and suitemate information, if applicable) will be released via a student's AU email account and available within the AU Housing Portal on June 30, 2020.

 

Special requests 

American University is committed to ensuring access to university programs and activities for all qualified students with disabilities. Students should contact the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) to initiate requests for housing accommodations related to a documented disability. Additional information about the housing accommodations request process can be found the ASAC website.

Some examples of accommodations that American University may provide include: visual fire/smoke alarms; wheelchair accessible housing; accessibility features in room, bathroom, or common areas.

Housing accommodations are not generally provided for academic-related needs, and allergen-free or quiet living environments are not guaranteed.

Students who need housing considerations due to gender should complete the Gender-Based Housing Consideration Form on the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s website. Considerations may include access to affirming bathrooms, gender-affirming roommates, and room type. Students who are only looking to room with differently gendered roommates can do so by electing into all-gender housing (see below), and do not need to fill out the Gender-Based Housing Considerations form.

We offer all-gender housing as an option to ensure AU's Residence Life is a supportive space for students of all gender identities ad expressions. All-gender housing allows students to reside with other students regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

Housing Assignments

  • Athletes
    • Anderson Hall
    • Centennial Hall
  • Black Affinity
    • Hughes Hall
  • Community-Based Research Scholars
    • Anderson Hall
    • Centennial Hall
  • Honors
    • Anderson Hall
    • Centennial Hall
  • University College
    • Cassell Hall
    • Hughes Hall
    • Leonard Hall
    • McDowell Hall
  • Washington Mentorship
    • Cassell Hall
    • Leonard Hall
  • 3 Year Scholars
    • Anderson Hall
    • Centennial Hall

As part of our focus on safety and shift to single bedroom occupancy across campus, HRL has made housing assignments with consideration of the ratio of students to community bathrooms on a floor. As a result, certain floors or wings (north/south) in traditional residence halls will be all-female for the 2020-2021 academic year. The following is a list of the all-female floors or wings:

  • Anderson Hall
    • Floor Terrace
    • Floor 2 North
    • Floor 3 South
    • Floor 4 South
  • Letts Hall
    • Floor 6
  • Roper Hall
    • Floor 1
    • Floor 2
  • Hughes Hall
    • Floor 5
  • McDowell Hall
    • Floor Terrace
    • Floor 6
  • Leonard Hall
    • Floor 5
    • Floor 6

Housing charges will be posted by July 24.