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Housing and Dining

Housing and Dining

Students relax in a dorm room


Dormitory housing is available for the campus segment of the program. Students will be housed in air-conditioned doubles or triples in a centrally located dormitory on AU’s beautiful northwest Washington DC campus. All linens—sheets, blankets, and a towel will be provided. AU upperclassmen as well as a senior resident advisor will live in the dormitories and serve as mentors throughout the program. The front desk of the dormitory is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The front doors of the dormitory are kept locked at all times; students swipe their AU student ID cards every time they enter. Wi-Fi is available in the dorms and students are encouraged to bring laptops if they own them; however campus computers are available to students in the library. 


Meals are served in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR) in the Mary Graydon Center. The hours of operation are the following: Breakfast (7 - 9 am), Lunch (11 am - 2 pm), and Dinner (5 - 7:30 pm). Funds, called “EagleBucks,” will be added to students’ ID cards to be used at TDR or other campus eating establishments (Mega Bytes, Eagles Nest, Mud Box, and Davenport Cafe). EagleBucks are also accepted at a few close-by eating places—Chipotle, Z-Burger, and Whole Foods.

Packing List

Students will need at least two “business casual” outfits for site visits. Also, students will need a government-issued photo-ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, which will be used to enter government agencies. (In most cases, a social security number can be used in lieu of a government-issued ID.) Here’s a “What to Bring” checklist:

• Casual summer clothing
• Sweater, sweatshirt, or light jacket
• Several business casual outfits for downtown site visits
• Comfortable walking shoes (essential)
• Toiletries and bathroom caddy
• Umbrella or rainwear
• Pencils/pens/paper
• Photo-ID (students over 18 will need a government-issued photo ID)
• Spending money (for any extra snacks, souvenirs, or personal needs)
• Laptop (preferred, but optional)

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Telephone: 202-885-2442

Outside Washington, D.C. area: 1-800-424-2600

Fax: 202-885-2494


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