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Summer Housing

Eligibility

Summer housing is available to current American University students who are enrolled in summer classes, participating in a summer internship, or staying in D.C. with plans to return to on-campus housing during the fall semester (subject to approval).

Housing for non-American University students interning in D.C. for the summer is offered through University Conference & Guest Services. Please visit the Intern & Guest Housing page for more information.

Housing Options

Students will be placed in Centennial Hall double and single rooms upon availability. Rooms are suite style with a shared bathroom between suites.

MicroFridge units (all-in-one refrigerator, freezer, and microwave) are available to rent. Summer term rentals will open following the end of the spring semester. For more information, please visit MyFridgeRental.com.

Summer Housing Dates

  • The first day for summer move-in will be May 15.
  • Students who have on-campus housing in the fall may stay until August 13. See below table.*
  • Students who do not have on-campus housing in the fall may stay until August 10.
  • Students are required to stay a minimum of three (3) consecutive weeks for the summer.

Summer 2017 Housing Rates

Housing Session Double Total Cost Single Total Cost

A Only (May 15-June 29), seven (7) weeks

$2,300

$2,800

B Only (May 22-June 29), six (6) weeks

$1,978

$2,408

C Only (May 22-June 8), three (3) weeks

$1,012

$1,232

D Only (July 3-August 10), six (6) weeks

$1,978

$2,408

A through D (May 15-August 10)

$4,232

$5,152

A through D and fall move-in (May 15-August 13)*

$4,554

$5,544

B or C through D (May 22-August 10)

$3,910

$4,760

B or C through D and fall move-in (May 22 - August 13)*

$4,232

$5,152

Students also have the option of selecting a date range as long as requirement of a minimum consecutive three (3) week stay is met:

  • Daily per person rate for a double room: $46 per day
  • Daily per person rate for a single room: $56 per day

Summer Housing Policies

Application Directions

Log into your myAU Portal and select the application for "Summer Student 2017." The application opens on Wednesday, April 12. There is no deadline to apply. Fully read the Summer 2017 Housing License Agreement before applying. Student questions about the agreement should reach out to us at housing@american.edu.

Cancellation Policies

In order to cancel summer housing, please submit a housing termination form and select "Other" for the term. Cancellation requests via telephone will not be honored.

Cancellation Fees

Fees for summer housing cancellations differ depending on time before check-in date.

  • Prior to receiving a room assignment: Cancellations received no less than 14 days prior to the requested check-in date will receive a $200 cancellation fee assessed onto your student account.
  • After receiving a room assignment, but before check-in: Your application will be cancelled, your assignment, the charges for the room will be removed and replaced with the $200 cancellation fee on your student account.
  • After check-in: You are responsible for full payment of the requested length of stay as indicated on the application and/or any approved extension exceptions.

Check-In and Checkout Procedures

Students may check in at the front desk of Anderson/Centennial Hall at 3 p.m. or later on their scheduled arrival dates. Checkout time will be 12 p.m. (noon) on your scheduled departure date at the front desk of Anderson/Centennial Hall. Please plan accordingly as other students may be scheduled to move into your assigned room.

Changing Your Check-In or Checkout Dates

Requested changes to stays will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted from your AU email address to housing@american.edu. Please include your name, AU ID number, scheduled dates, and requested date changes. Requests to change check-in date must be received no less than 14 days prior to your original scheduled check-in. Requests to change your check-out date must be received no less than seven (7) days prior to your original scheduled checkout.

Dining and Retail

Pay-As-You-Go Dining

Meals in Terrace Dining Room à la carte:

  • Breakfast: $8.80 per person
  • Lunch: $12.95 per person
  • Dinner: $14.00 per person

Meal Plans and Packages

  • 50 Block Meal Plan with $225 in EagleBucks: $800.00
  • 25 Block Meal Plan with $225 in EagleBucks: $525.00
  • 25 Block Meal Plan with $100 in EagleBucks: $400.00

Non-current AU students are not able to register for meal plans but may use EagleBucks.

All housing fees are billed directly to student accounts. Inquiries regarding billing, payments, etc. should be directed to AU Central.

Cancellation Policy

Students may seek to cancel or change their summer meal plan seven (7) business days from their date of check-in to the residence halls. In order to make this request, written communication must be sent to mealplans@american.edu from the student's university email address. Students will be charged for any used meals or EagleBucks. After the end of the change/cancellation period, students may not cancel or change their meal plans. Students who withdraw from the summer session seven (7) business days from their date of check-in will be charged the full amount.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students may check in at the front desk of their building beginning at 3 p.m. on their assigned check-in date.

The entire American University campus is utilized for summer conference operations from May through August. All AU students are assigned to one building. If your current room assignment is in the summer building, we will do our best to allow you to remain in your academic year room assignment.

No. Alcohol is still not permitted in any American University residence hall, regardless of whether or not the resident is 21. American University students will go through the same process with Student Conduct if they are caught consuming or being knowingly and willingly in the presence of alcohol in the residence halls.

Additionally, due to the hazards associated with their use, the following appliances may not be present in residence hall rooms:

  • Personal air conditioners
  • Grills (including George Foreman grills)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Immersion coals
  • Oil, kerosene, and gas lamps
  • Open-coil appliances
  • Steam vaporizers
  • Waterbeds
  • Microwaves
  • Any appliance attached to multiple extension cords
These appliances may only be used in designated cooking areas or kitchens:

  • Coffee makers
  • Electrical appliances with heating elements
  • Hot pots
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Rice cookers
  • Toasters and toaster ovens


Your safety is important, and these rules are made with this in mind.

Yes, we house our American University students together over the summer. In order to be placed with someone you know, BOTH students must make the request in writing (either on the application or in an email to summerhousing@american.edu). If both students request one another, we do our best to meet those requests. Requests that are not mutual will not be honored.

Yes, summer meals plans are available. You can purchase a summer meal plan during your application process or once you have arrived on campus. EagleBucks will also remain active over the summer.

The residence halls reopen for returning students registered for fall 2017 housing on August 23, 2017.

Students staying on campus through August 13, 2017 and have confirmed fall housing through American University will be able to transition directly into their fall assignment on August 13, 2017. Students DO NOT NEED to complete an early arrival form to take advantage of this transition.

Housing & Residence Life staff will contact all students living in summer housing to make arrangements for the transition from their summer assignment to their academic year room.

Students must be available to move to their academic year assignment on August 13, 2017.

Students must pay for their stay (summer housing) through August 13, 2017 in order to remain on campus.

Storage will not be available for students who are unable to move on August 13.

All American University students living in AU Summer Housing but moving off campus for the Fall 2017 semester must check-out by 12 p.m. (noon) on August 10, 2017.

Current students should visit their housing portal to submit their application.

We do our best to accommodate all requests. We will process your application within 10 business days of receipt.

Mail Services will continue during the summer months. Detailed information on summer mail services will be available to all on-campus residents at your building desk in May. Mail should be addressed:

Student Name
Hall Name, Room Number – SUMMER 2017
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016