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Accommodations & Services

Students in the Washington Semester Program are housed at American University's leased apartment building, Berkshire Apartments, located on Massachusetts Avenue between Nebraska Ave and Macomb Street, NW. Berkshire Apartments are only a block away from main campus and a mile from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Stop on the Red Line. The University Shuttle provides transportation between main campus, and the Metro.

Signing Up for Housing

You should apply for Washington Semester Program housing once you have been admitted to your program. Once you have signed up for University housing, you are committed to living in the residence halls for the period noted. No refunds will be given for departures made prior to the minimum stay period. Cancellations must be received in writing no less than ten (10) business days prior to the requested check-in date. Cancellations received ten (10) business days or less prior to the requested check-in date are subject to a cancellation fee of three hundred dollars ($300), in addition to the previously paid two hundred dollar ($200) non-refundable deposit.

Personal Property Insurance

Check with your parents to see if any or all of your possessions are covered by their homeowner's insurance plan. Many plans cover student possessions while at school. While we certainly hope that it doesn't happen to you, possessions sometimes are stolen, lost or destroyed. The university is not responsible for loss of personal property.

Housing & Dining Programs recommends residents using CSI Insurance services if they do not currently have property insurance. CSI Insurance is a personal property insurance company that is tailored to the unique needs of the college student. CSI Insurance is a steady, dependable, and affordable service that protects students against some of the uncertainties of the college experience. CSI offers protection against a broad range of potential damage to personal property including fire, flood, vandalism, theft, and accidental damage.

Arriving On Campus

Washington Semester Students can check-in directly at the Berkshire Apartments leasing office. Leasing Office hours on Sundays are from 1pm-5pm. If you plan to arrive at a different time you will need to make special arrangements by emailing

If you arrange to ship part or all of your personal belongings, plan to bring with you enough linens and clothing to last at least for the first few days.