NEW!! New Opportunities for Intern Housing at Park Bethesda!  See below for details!


American University is Washington, D.C.’s most attractive summer housing option, offering competitively priced housing in an ideal location for interns and students coming to the nation's capital. Located in one of Washington's most beautiful residential areas in the northwest corner of the District of Columbia, American University is convenient to all the resources of the city and surrounding suburbs.  


You can apply online starting February 3rd, 2003.


If you are a student in the Washington Semester World Capitals Program for Summer 2003, click here for specific information about housing for that program.


Where You'll Be Staying


You will be housed on the main campus of American University in one of three residence halls; Anderson Hall, or Centennial Hall on Main Campus, and Federal Hall on the Tenley Campus. Most interns will stay in double occupancy rooms during their summer stay*.  An extremely limited number of singles are available from May 15 through July 28. A limited number of triples will be available in Federal Hall only. There will also be space available in our new off campus apartment building, the Park Bethesda.


Our rooms average 12 feet by 15 feet and come with two standard twin beds, two desks, two chairs, and closet space for two. You may move the furniture around as you wish, but must return it to its original configuration before checking out. Your room is fully carpeted and has overhead lighting and air-conditioning with in-room controls. It is equipped with phone jacks and a voice mail system; local service is free, but you must bring your own phone. Use a personal calling card for long distance. Your room also comes with cable TV access and two computer jacks for access to AU's EagleNet network (and the internet). You may bring a mini-refrigerator or lease one once you arrive on campus. Each floor has laundry facilities, stove and microwave-equipped kitchenettes, a lounge with cable television, pay phones, and separate communal bathrooms and shower facilities. You can receive mail, packages, and express mail at the residence halls. The residence hall staff, including a full-time resident director, will assist you, answer any questions that might arise or help you with any issues during your stay.


All floors are coed. Individual rooms are single sex only. Smoking will be allowed on selected floors inside rooms only. All common areas, including hallways, bathrooms, lounges, and lobbies, and all other buildings on campus are non-smoking areas. No alcohol is permitted in the residence halls at any time.


*Single and triple requests that we cannot honor are automatically defaulted to double occupancy accommodations. Single and triple requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis (based on the date the application and deposit are received at the RLHS office on campus). We make every effort to accommodate specific hall requests and all roommate requests, but cannot guarantee requested assignments. Roommate pairs are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at the same time to ensure pairing.


## - Anderson Hall is equipped with two floor lounges per floor.  Housing and Dining Programs may occasionally utilize one or both floor lounge per floor for summer conference use.  Any use of floor lounges for summer conferences will be posted on lounge doors.


During the 2003 summer, our staff will be working in the intern halls to prepare “triples” for the 2003 fall semester in Anderson Hall. During this process, a set of space-saving furniture is added to rooms that are selected for tripling—the two existing beds are bunked and a third lofted bed is added to the room. If your intern room is tripled during your stay, your summer rate will be prorated from the double rate to the triple rate, effective from the date your room is tripled. You will not be joined by a third roommate—only the furniture is added.


Things to Bring


Some of the items we suggest you bring are linens for a standard twin bed (sheets, mattress pad, blankets, pillow, pillow cases), towels, all toiletries, telephone, desk lamp, hangers, an alarm clock, a wastebasket, cooking utensils, and a portable stereo or television. If you plan to bring a laptop or personal computer, be sure to have an ethernet card and data cable for connection to AU's in-room computer jacks. If you do not bring a computer with you, you can use the Anderson Computing Complex or Hurst Social Science Research lab located on the main campus at no extra charge simply by showing your summer conference card at the Complex desk.




Our campus is in one of the safest areas of the city. However, AU reminds all guests to exercise normal precautions for a major urban area and to keep rooms locked at all times. Access to your residence hall is controlled through the main lobby, which has a front desk staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You'll be given a coded summer access card that you must use to enter the building. The university's Public Safety office patrols the campus around the clock.  Interns are strongly encouraged to lock their rooms at all times, even for short trips to the restroom.


Getting to AU and Around Washington, D.C. / Parking


If you are bringing your own car, you can park at no extra charge in the Nebraska Avenue lot adjacent to the main campus. Simply ask for a parking pass at the front desk of your residence hall when you check in.


You can use AU’s free shuttle bus service to go between the main campus and the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop (approximately 3/4 of a mile from AU's main campus) and between the main campus and AU's Washington College of Law.  Shuttles run every 15-20 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.  Click here ( for AU shuttle information.


You can reach American University by airport shuttle, taxi, or Metro from all three major airports in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas: Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). You can also travel to Washington, D.C., by train to Union Station and then take the Metro to the Tenleytown/AU stop.


Click here ( for AU campus maps.


While in D.C., there are many transportation options available to you if you do not bring a car.


Metrorail is one of the nation’s best subway systems.  Metro runs weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and weekends 8:00 a.m. to midnight, sometimes later on selected lines.  The Tenleytown/AU Metro stop is just three-quarters of a mile from AU’s main campus (see shuttle information above).  Metro provides service throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, including Union Station (Amtrak and MARC trains) and Reagan National Airport (via Yellow and Blue Lines).  Rates start at $1.10 per ride and increase with distance traveled and the time of day.  For more information about Metro, call (202) 637-7000 or click here


Taxis are accessible at the University.  Faster service is guaranteed by calling ahead.

Capital Cab – (202) 546-2400

Diamond Cab – (202) 387-6200

Yellow Cab – (202) 544-1212


Trains:  Amtrak provides train service to numerous locations along the Eastern Seaboard, and many points West.  Tickets can be purchased in advance and departure/arrival schedules are available by calling (800) 872-7245.  Click here ( to access Amtrak’s web site.


MARC, the Maryland Commuter Train, departs from Union Station and offers weekly commuter service to Baltimore, Brunswick, Kensington, Harper’s Ferry and Martinsburg, West Virginia.  For information on scheduling and fares, please call (800) 325-7245.


Meal Plans / Food and Retail Stores


Meal plans are available on campus through our campus food service vendor, Bon Appetit.  Interns eat in the Terrace Dining Room*, the main campus cafeteria, located in the Mary Graydon Center.  Meal plan options include Eaglebuck$.  Tentative meal plan rates for summer 2002 are listed below:


50  meal block with $225.00 Eaglebucks @ $685.00

25  meal block with $225.00 Eaglebucks @ $460.00

25  meal block with $100.00 Eaglebucks @ $330.00


EAGLE BUCK$ is the convenient, cashless way to pay on and off campus at the areas most popular businesses. A prepaid, stored-value account that's part of your summer conference ID card EAGLE BUCK$ has you covered with whatever you need, whenever you need it, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Eagle BUCK$ are included in the summer meal plans offered at
American University. As a form of payment, you'll use your EAGLE BUCK$ at numerous locations around campus if you do not wish to or cannot eat in the Terrace Dining Room. The area's most popular off-campus businesses now accept EAGLE BUCK$ and you can use it to pay for restaurants, delivery, haircuts and other essential student services including residence hall laundry machines and law library copiers.


You can also purchase food on campus at the Tavern, Clawed's, the Marketplace, McDonald's, and Wagshal's Delicatessen and Wagshal’s American Cafe. A number of restaurants and several grocery stores are either within walking distance of campus or a short AU shuttle-bus ride away.


In one location at the center of campus you'll also find the Eagle's Nest convenience store, a full-service copy center, mailing and fax services at Mail Boxes, Etc., a hair salon, a dry cleaner, a full-service bank with ATM facilities, and a travel agency.


* - The Terrace Dining Room may be closed for the first few weeks of the summer session.  If the Dining Room closes, meal plans will be honored at the Marketplace on the first floor of the Mary Graydon Center.


Athletics and Recreation


At no extra charge, you'll enjoy access to most* of American University's many athletic and recreation facilities, including the William I Jacobs Fitness Center (, a state-of-the-art recreation and fitness club. The center features weight and exercise equipment and new locker rooms (refurbished summer 2001). Other facilities include an all-weather running track, outdoor tennis courts and basketball courts, an outdoor field with baseball diamond, indoor basketball courts in Bender Arena, and an indoor swimming pool (lap swimming only, summer hours restricted).


* AU’s intercollegiate soccer field is closed during the summer for turf restoration. Some of AU’s athletic facilities may be used for summer sports camps, restricting availability, but usually only during the day.


Note: if you are under 18 years of age, you will need a signed permit from a parent or legal guardian to use the Jacobs Fitness Center and AU's indoor athletic facilities.  Contact us if you need to receive this form, and submit it with your application and license agreement.


Check-in and Check-out


Summer intern housing for 2003 is available from Sunday, May 11, at 3:00 p.m., to Sunday, August 10, at 12:00 p.m. We cannot allow early check-ins or late check-outs. Interns may check in at the front desk of their assigned residence hall 24 hours a day, seven days a week, beginning and ending on the above dates and times.  Our front desk staff will register you and give you your room keys, mailbox keys, parking pass (if needed) and intern welcome packet.




Our rates for 2003 are $198 per person/per week for double occupancy, and $242 per person/per week for single occupancy and $170 per person/per week for triple occupancy. (Remember, singles and triples are limited, and all single and triple room requests that we cannot honor automatically default to double accommodations).  Please note that the District of Columbia levies a 14.5% hotel tax on all room rates (not included in above rates).


Buy-Out Singles


Depending on occupancy, students who wish to be housed in singles but aren’t able to be assigned to one may be given the option of buying out their double room and keeping it as a single for the summer. Students living in bought-out singles will be charged at a rate slightly higher than the standard single rate. Housing and Dining Programs will determine if this option will be available before we open for Summer Housing, and will set the rates at that time.



HOW OUR WEEKLY RATES ARE CALCULATED: Weeks stayed are calculated in seven-night increments. Four, five, six or seven nights stayed count as one full week. One, two, or three nights in residence do not count as a full week. (For example; if your stay is five weeks and four nights, you will be billed for six weeks; if your stay is five weeks and three nights, you will be billed for five weeks.)

FOUR-WEEK MINIMUM: A four-week minimum stay is required. If you register or stay for less than four weeks, you will be billed for four weeks.

DEPOSIT:  A non-refundable $200 deposit is required to reserve a space in a residence hall. The $200 deposit will be applied to your total housing balance due and must accompany your housing application.

RETURNED CHECKS AND CREDIT CARDS: There is a $25 service fee for all returned checks.  Invalid credit cards may result in forfeiture of room privileges.

BALANCE DUE AT CHECK-IN: We strongly encourage all interns to pay their balance in full prior to their check-in date. Otherwise, balance payments (total housing fees due for summer less the deposit paid) are payable in full upon check-in. Sorry, no exceptions.

CANCELLATIONS: All housing cancellations must be made in writing or by e-mail to Housing and Dining Programs. Phone cancellations will not be honored. Reminder: If you cancel you forfeit your $200 deposit and any unused housing.

EXTENSIONS, EARLY CHECK OUTS and NO-SHOWS:  All extensions must be requested in writing through Housing and Dining Programs (you can e-mail us at, and no extensions will be granted beyond August 10. Extensions will be granted on a space available basis, and you may be required to move to a different room and/or hall to accommodate the extension. Additional fees due must be paid immediately upon notification from Housing and Dining Programs. Interns checking out before their scheduled departure date forfeit all unused housing fees.  If you fail to check-in on the date submitted on your application, we will attempt to contact you to confirm your arrival.  However, room reservations will be cancelled 48-hours after your check-in date.


To Apply

** NOTE:  Our 2003 online applications will be ready soon.  If you are interested in applying right away, e-mail us at and leave us your mailing address and/or e-mail address.  We will send or e-mail you an application and Housing License Agreement.  Please do NOT attempt to apply online at this time (option #1 or #2 below).  We anticipate our online applications will be ready soon.


There are three ways to apply:


1.       ON-LINE:  Click here and complete the application and Housing License Agreement.  At this time, we cannot accept credit card payment for deposits on-line (we hope to have this service available soon).  If paying your deposit by check, you may submit your application and license agreement on-line, then immediately forward a check (please be sure the intern’s name is on the check) to the address below.  If you wish to pay your deposit by credit card, simply select the credit card option on the application form and we will contact you within two working days to obtain your credit card number, or you can contact us by e-mail or phone to give us your credit card number.  We cannot process your application until we have received your deposit.


2.       PRINT APPLICATION ON-LINE & MAIL TO US:  Click here to download a version of the application form and housing license agreement.  Completed applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to our office (with your deposit).


3.       WE MAIL YOU AN APPLICATION:  Contact us by phone or by e-mail ( to request an application and license agreement.  We will mail them to you.


Sorry, due to heavy volume, we cannot fax applications

to you and will not accept faxed applications


What Happens Next


·         Be sure to sign the application form and Housing License Agreement. Incomplete or unsigned applications and housing license agreements will be returned.

·         Return the signed application form, the signed housing license agreement, and the non-refundable $200 deposit to Housing and Dining Programs. Reminder: we cannot accept faxed applications or housing license agreements due to heavy volume. A signed Housing License Agreement and deposit MUST accompany the application or it will not be processed.  We will contact on-line applicants to get credit card information, or you can contact us.

·         Housing and Dining Programs will contact you via e-mail to confirm your application and to give you your rooming assignment.  Please be sure you filled in a contact e-mail address in the appropriate spot on your application.  If you apply within two weeks of your check-in date, we may not be able to e-mail you your housing assignment and you must contact Housing and Dining Programs to receive your assignment.


Questions?  For more information, contact us!
Tel: (202)885-3370
FAX (202)885-1154
Last Update: 1/7/03

Housing and Dining Programs
4400  Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.  20016-8142