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The Frequency AU's Apartment-Style Residence Hall

The Frequency Apartments Outdoor AreaThis apartment-style hall offers in-suite kitchens and laundry, a fitness center, roof deck, community lounges and study spaces, and other amenities in the heart of the popular Tenleytown shopping and restaurant area. It's an ideal location for AU students looking for a blend of apartment-style living and a fully supported residential experience.

The Frequency is five minutes from main campus by the free AU shuttle, or a short 15-20 minute walk. It is located only steps away from the Tenleytown/American University metro stop for easy access to downtown Washington, DC. Nearby restaurants and shops include Whole Foods, CVS, Target, Panera and a host of other conveniences.

A fun bit of trivia: The Frequency got its name because it was the home, for several decades, of AU's radio station, WAMU (88.5), which is also Washington, DC's National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. Many famous Washingtonians and world leaders have passed through its doors! 

In-Hall Staff

As with all AU residence halls, the Frequency has 24/7 front desk and can only be entered with your key fob. In-hall staff include resident assistants (RAs) and a community director (CD). The Frequency's RAs live in the building, acting as peer educators and helping residents connect to their community. 

  • 24/7 staffed front desk
  • Secure main entrance and student apartments
  • Mail & package delivery
  • Private & group study spaces
  • Rooftop patio
  • A gym featuring treadmills, stationary bikes, and weights
  • Indoor bike storage
  • On-site parking at an additional cost
  • Twin bed frame and standard twin mattress
  • Dresser set
  • Night stand
  • At least one desk (free-standing or built-in) and one desk chair to share.
  • Couch and dining furniture (two-bedroom and large one-bedroom apartments only)
  • Kitchen with stainless steel appliances
    • Convection microwave-oven and glass stove top
    • Dishwasher
  • Closet storage
  • Washer/dryer unit
  • Full bathroom
  • Digital thermostat
  • WiFi

    • Each apartment has it's own WiFi router, located in the living room of 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units, and in the living space of studio units. The sticker on the router has the login information for the WiFi access point. For WiFi access in community spaces, please see signs on the wall for connection instructions.

Who can live in Frequency Apartments?

  • 2023-2024: upperclass students
  • 2024 - 2025: upperclass students

These floor plans are representative and may vary in a specific unit.  Unit measurements listed on floor plans are an average for this unit type and the measurements for the full apartment.

16 parking spaces are available at the Frequency. They are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that the parking garage entrance is 69 inches or 5.75 feet. 

Parking can be requested by emailing and will be billed by Urban Investment Property.

Frequency parking permits do not provide parking privileges on the AU campus. Please contact AU Parking & Commuter Services for parking on the AU campus property.

Frequency residents should submit maintenance requests through email to or by calling 202-919-5871.

Please include your name, apartment number and specific details about the maintenance issue.

Virtual Tours

Our virtual tours are representative of a given room type. Each space varies based on room sizes and dimensions. Each virtual tour includes some decorative items to show what the room looks like when occupied, but these items are not included in rooms. 

Click below to view virtual tours of the Frequency:

The Frequency Common Area 1

Frequency Gallery


Community Director