For Students in the Washington, DC Area
Whether you're on-campus (participating in MSRE or emergency housing) or off-campus in the District, Maryland or Virginia, you have access to the library, health center, study space on campus, and other resources. See below to check what's open!
Remember the mandatory COVID protocols: If you will be present on campus, you must:
- test for COVID-19. See the schedule and information on COVID testing.
- submit your Daily Self Screening form via the AU Forward Portal before coming to campus, wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.
Campus Cafes - Bridge & Dav
AU’s two student-run cafes will be open for grab-and-go beverages and snacks during the academic year.
TheDavenport Lounge (“Dav”)offers takeout from 8 am – 5 pm.
The Bridge Café is operating for takeout from 10 am – 5 pm.
All other retail facilities remain closed.
Campus Spaces — Indoor
Spaces are open on campus for students to use for studying and other appropriate in-person activities, while following health and safety protocols.
Mary Graydon Center (MGC) and Don Myers Technology and Innovation (DMTI) Building have 19 study/in-person activity rooms that can be reserved for up to four hours (4) any day of the week, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., for groups of up to three (3) students. To reserve a study room at MGC or DMTI, follow these steps:
- Log In to the In-Person Activity Request form.
- Affirm that you can comply with the requirements. This includes agreeing to complete the Self Screening on the date of the reservation and agreeing to comply with behavior guidelines during the reservation, such as maintaining six (6) feet distance and wear a face covering.
- Complete the required information
- Review and Submit the form
- The University Library is open as a study space by reservation, for one-to-three hour blocks of time.
- Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building is open to AU students with ID from 8 am — 11 pm, seven days a week.
- Mary Graydon Center, first floor, is open for students with ID from 8 am—11 pm, seven days a week.
Campus Spaces — Fitness
The Cassell Fitness Center is open by reservation only. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Directions on making reservations can be found on this RecFit page.
Campus Spaces — Outdoor
The Quad, the Amphitheater, and other outdoor spaces on campus are open, with restrictions. You must follow posted safety and health requirements, and space can only be used for studying and academic purposes – no club meetings or social gatherings.
The running track is not open.
If you’re located in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia, you can access all clinical services, including Urgent Care, Initial Consultation assessments, and ongoing counseling.
Students outside these areas will be given referrals to providers in their current location, and non-clinical staff will work to help find appropriate referrals covered by your insurance.
For crisis intervention, call 202-885-7979, 24 hours a day, from wherever you are located.
EagleBucks – DC locations & GrubHub delivery
You can use EagleBucks, and there are a number of locations near campus that take them, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Chipotle, Domino’s, CVS Pharmacy, Panera and Guapo’s. EagleBucks can even be used as far from campus as Georgetown, including at Pizzeria Paradiso (both Spring Valley and Georgetown), Insomnia Cookies, and Peet’s Coffee.
EagleBucks also work with Grubhub, anywhere in the country. Here’s how:
- Download the Grubhub app.
- Add your university affiliation by going to Settings > Payment > Add new payment
- Order and enjoy delivery. (Tip: You can edit your location in the Restaurants tab.)
If you're living off-campus in the DC area, your "go-to" site should be the main page for Off-Campus Housing Services. It links to many resources; the direct links two of the key resources on that page are below:
- To find an apartment, roommate, or sublet: Search or post on the Off-Campus Housing Resource posting page. (Tip: If you go to it directly and are confused by how to use it, there are detailed instrustions on the main page for Off-Campus Housing Services.)
- Assistance with Tenant's Rights: Need to break a lease? Have a challenge with a landlord? AU cannot provide legal advice, but the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate can assist you.
The Market – AU’s Food Pantry
The Market remains open and accessible to students in the Washington, DC area. As always, it is a no-contact, self-service pantry run on the honor system. You can request access by filling out an online form – all you need I your AU email address and AU ID number – and your OneCard will be activated for access within around two business days.
After your visit, use the disinfectant wipes provided to clean any surface touched in the pantry space, including the pen provided for the “selected items” form completion.
The Market is located in Letts Lower Level, Room 2. The entrance is across from McCabe Hall on the opposite side of the building from the Letts residence hall entrance.
For study space, the first floor and lower level of the University Library will be open by appointment only, for one-to-three hour reserved times.
Social distancing requirements means that only 103 students can be present in the library at any given time. Students must swipe their IDs to enter.
For printing, remote printing and “curbside” pickup is available. Send your print jobs in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For borrowing, “curbside” pickup is available. For books, media, technology and other material. Check the current Library Services page for details.
Course reserve readings will be available electronically and all research services will be online.
OneCard Office – for AU ID
You can also reach out through Just Ask (ServiceNow) and the OneCard office will respond within one business day.
The OneCard office is on the first floor of Mary Graydon Center. (As the building can only be accessed with a student ID, OneCard staff will let you into the building to pick up your OneCard.)
Student Health Center
Students in the area can be seen at the Student Health Center for non-emergency concerns, including psychiatric appointments, immunizations, and other general issues.
If you’re located in the District of Columbia or Virginia, you can also take advantage of the option for a video appointment, also called telehealth. Because of licensure requirements, only students physically located in those two places can be seen by telehealth.
Students with possible COVID-19 symptoms: schedule an appointment for testing with the Student Health Center.
Faculty or staff with possible COVID-19 symptoms: On-campus testing is not available for symptomatic faculty or staff. Please consult with your primary care provider or go to a local testing facility.
Asymptomatic students, staff and faculty with a presence on campus: Students, staff and faculty with a presence on campus must participate in regular testing to screen for COVID-19. Testing is mandatory and free of charge.
How frequently you must be tested depends on how often you are present on campus. (In brief, it is twice weekly for anyone living on campus; once a week for anyone with a regular weekly presence; and once a week, during the week you are present, for anyone coming to campus periodically.)
- Students are tested at Constitution Hall, on East Campus; see schedule.
- Faculty and staff are tested at the University Club, 2nd floor Butler Pavilion, by the Bridge Cafe; for hours, see schedule.