Welcome to American University!

Living at the Berkshire Apartments

Where You'll Be Staying
Apartment Types
Check-In and Check-Out Information
Mail Services
What to Bring
Getting Around
Contact Information

Where You'll Be Staying

The Berkshire Apartments are only a block from the AU Main Campus and have all the amenities of American University. The Tenleytown Metro Station is a short shuttle ride away, and buses (N4 and N6) are a direct shot to Dupont Circle and the Spring Valley Building.

Berkshire Apartment

The Berkshire features full apartments. Each one bedroom apartment houses two guests who share a bathroom and full kitchen. Each studio apartment houses two guests who share a bathroom and a kitchenette (with a refrigerator and stove). Berkshire apartments come with two standard twin beds, two desks, two chairs, a sofa, dining table, kitchen, bathroom, and closet space for two. You may move the furniture around as you wish, but you must return it to its original configuration before checking out. There is no overhead lighting in the living room, so you should bring a table or floor lamp. Heating/air-conditioning have in-room controls. Air-conditioning is available during summer months (mid May to mid September). Your apartment also comes with Direct TV access and wireless Internet. Each corner of the building has laundry facilities on floor A1. You can receive mail, packages, and express mail at the Berkshire front desk each day after 2:00 p.m. During your stay, the AU Housing staff and Berkshire leasing staff will assist you, answer any questions that might arise, or help you with any issues.

Apartment Types

All resident students will stay in double occupancy one-bedroom or studio apartments in the Berkshire Apartments during their stay. No singles will be available. We make every effort to accommodate all roommate requests, but we cannot guarantee requested assignments.

Please note that at American University:

  • There is limited availability in the Berkshire Apartments.
  • The Berkshire Apartment building is coed.
  • Smoking is not permitted inside of the apartment building including apartments, hallways, bath-rooms, lounges, and lobbies. All other buildings on campus are non-smoking areas as well.
  • No matter your age, no alcohol is permitted in the apartments at any time. To possess or be in the presence of alcohol in an apartment is a violation of American University policy.

Check-In and Check-Out Information

Check-in location and instructions will be provided 1-2 weeks before your move-in date. You will fill out paperwork and then receive your room keys, mailbox keys, and parking pass if applicable. When moving out, be sure to check out at the Berkshire leasing office before noon.


In-apartment amenities included in your room costs are:

  • Direct TV access
  • Wireless high-speed internet
  • Air-conditioning in summer months

You will also have access to:

  • Laundry facilities on the basement level (A1)

Short walk to campus where you also have access to:

  • Shuttle service to the Metro
  • AU dining and retail operations, including Starbucks, Subway, and a convenience store
  • Bender Library
  • Jacobs Fitness Center
  • All other services available to full time AU students
  • Spring Valley Building

Mail Services

Mail Service is available for students. Please us the following template to receive packages:

4201 Masachusetts Avenue, N.W.
(Apartment Number)
Washington, D.C. 20016

What to Bring

When packing for your move, we recommend the following items as a beginning list:

  • Laptop
  • Bed linens, blankets, and pillows
  • Towels/Bathroom linens
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Shower curtains and curtain rings
  • Umbrella
  • Bathrobe
  • Television/DVD Player
  • Lamp/lighting for living room area and bedroom
  • Clothing hangers
  • Dishes and eating utensils
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Laundry bag and detergent

Your safety is important. Due to the hazards associated with their use, the following appliances may not be present in residence hall rooms:

  • Coffee makers
  • Electrical appliances with heating elements
  • Hot pots
  • Rice cookers
  • Toasters/Toaster ovens

Getting Around

AU's shuttle bus service runs east from main campus to the Tenleytown-AU Metro stop (approximately ¾ of a mile from main campus on Nebraska Avenue). It also runs south down Massachusetts Avenue to AU's Spring Valley Building.

The N4 and N6 buses, which travel directly to Friendship Heights and Farragut Square, can be accessed at the bus stop directly outside or across the street from the Berkshire Apartments.

Uncovered parking is available at no extra cost in the lot surrounding the Berkshire apartments. Covered parking is available at an additional cost. Ask for a parking pass in the leasing office when you check-in.

American University is accessible by airport shuttle, taxi, or Metro from all three major airports in the Washing-ton, D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas: Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

You can also travel to Washington D.C. by train to Union Station and then take the Metro to the Tenleytown-AU stop.

The administrative offices of the School of Professional & Extended Studies are located at AU's Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Aveneue, N.W. This building houses the offices of the faculty and staff of the program you are enrolled in. Their hours are weekdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and no appointment is needed.

Contact Information

Here is some other important contact information:
AU Housing & Residence Life (202) 885-3370 | housing@american.edu
School of Professional & Extended Studies (202) 895-4900
American University Information (202) 885-1000
Public Safety Emergency (202) 885-3636
Public Safety Non-emergency (202) 885-2527
Housing and Residence Life (202) 885-3370
One Card & Dining Services (202) 885-2273 | idcards@american.edu

The Basics

In your apartment:

  • Direct T.V. access
  • Wireless internet
  • Twin bed, desk, chair, sofa/arm chair, kitchen/kitchenette, closet space

In your building:

  • Laundry
  • Community room
  • Desk attendant (available 24/7)