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Important Dates and FAQ

Learn more about important dates and deadlines that may affect your housing, as well as answers for your frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, call at 202-885-3370 or email us at housing@american.edu.

Important Dates

August 19, 2017
Residence halls open for new students at 9 a.m.
August 23, 2017
Residence halls open for returning students at 9 a.m.
October 13-15, 2017
Fall Break, residence halls remain open
November 1, 2017
Spring 2018 Housing Termination deadline
November 22-26, 2017
Thanksgiving Break, residence halls remain open
December 17, 2017
Residence halls close for undergraduates at 12 p.m.
December 18, 2017
Residence halls close for graduating seniors at 12 p.m.
January 7, 2018
Residence halls open for spring semester at 3 p.m.
January 16, 2018
Spring classes begin
January 16-26, 2018
Housing application for 2018-2019 available
March 11-18, 2018
Spring Break, residence halls remain open
May 9, 2018
Residence halls close for undergraduates at 12 p.m.
May 10, 2018
Residence halls close for graduating seniors at 12 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our main office is in Anderson Hall on the first floor. You can reach us by calling 202-885-3370 or emailing housing@american.edu. See our Contact Information page for our full contact details and phone numbers for specific buildings.

The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that applies to educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under a program administered by the United States Department of Education. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Read more on the Protecting Student Privacy website.

You can check into your residence hall any time on or after the specified date and time for each semester, which will be emailed to you and on our website. Refer to our Fall Move-In webpage for complete information.

To send belongings and packages ahead of time, make sure that they are addressed to your room in the correct format, including the last four digits of your building's zip code. See below for an example. Accurate mailing information will ensure your items get to you as soon as possible.

John Smith
American University
Anderson 123
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8101

For academic year student deliveries, we cannot begin accepting packages for the Fall 2017 semester until Monday, August 14. Any delivery attempts prior to this date will be refused due to limited storage space.

No, Housing & Residence Life assumes responsibility for cleaning common area and community spaces, but responsibility for student rooms and/or suites remains with the residents of that unit. Our office and staff do not provide vacuum cleaners or other cleaning supplies for use by students. In accordance with the Housing License Agreement, students are expected to return their room to "broom clean" condition upon checking out. Failure to do so may result in cleaning charges assessed at the time of checkout.

Each floor of the residence halls has approximately two-three washers and dryers. Each wash cycle costs $1.75 and each dry cycle costs $1.75. On-campus laundry machines operate on EagleBucks for increased student convenience.

All washers on campus are energy efficient, front load washers. For best results, it is suggested that you use high-efficiency liquid detergent to avoid machine issues.

American University students can check the status of all on-campus laundry machines by using the Laundry Alerts website. Additionally, you can use the notification option that will send you an e-mail when your laundry is completed.

All service issues with the washers or dryers should be submitted to Caldwell & Gregory online or called in at 1-800-927-9274. All card reader issues should be submitted through a 2FIX request to Facilities Management.

Washers on campus are energy efficient, front load washers. For best results, it is suggested that you use high-efficiency liquid detergent to avoid machine issues.

A twin bed with mattress is provided for each resident. Mattresses fit regular twin sheets. Extra long beds and mattresses are available for qualifying students who meet a minimum height of 6'3" for the 2017-18 academic year. To request an extra long bed and mattress, e-mail housing@american.edu with documentation of your height.

Develop a routine in your room by sorting office paper (mixed paper), newspaper, bottles-plastic-cans, and trash. We recommend at least two containers, one black (lined with clear plastic) and one blue (no liner). The black container is for trash and the blue container is for office paper (mixed paper). Newspaper and bottles/plastic cans may be placed into corridor containers as needed. Smaller "saddle baskets" can be used for those interested in sorting newspaper and bottles/plastic cans in their office or residential room.

Place used corrugated cardboard next to any recycling station (break down boxes until they are flat). The cardboard will be taken to a large exterior container by housekeeping.

Additionally, there are clothes recycling centers located at the outside of each residence hall where students can give away clothes they no longer need or want. All of AU's recycled materials are taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

At the MRF these materials are sorted, grouped and transported again for reprocessing into usable products.

Summer storage is a popular option for students looking for a way to store their belongings while they are at home or abroad. The UPS Store provides safe and convenient storage for all AU students. The UPS Store is located on campus and provides in-room delivery when student items are returned in August. For more information about summer storage, visit the UPS AU Storage website.