Accommodations and Services

Where You’ll Be Staying

You will be assigned to one of the following locations:

  1. Summer Interns will stay on the Tenley Campus (Capital Hall), just steps away from the Tenleytown Metro Stop.

Our on-campus rooms average 12′ by 15′ 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. Residence Hall Rooms at American do not have active phone lines. Pay phones are available for off campus and long distance calls. 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, 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. Smoking is not permitted in any of our residence halls. 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.

** Housing and Dining Programs may add additional furniture to a room for the purpose of preparing for academic year housing.
*** Housing and Dining Programs may occasionally utilize the floor lounges for summer conference use. Any use of floor lounges for summer conferences will be posted on lounge doors.

Room Types

Most AU summer students will stay in double occupancy rooms on Tenley Campus during their stay. An extremely limited number of singles will be available during Summer 2010. Single requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis (based on the date the application is received at the Housing and Dining Programs office). Single requests that we cannot honor are automatically defaulted to your second choice of accommodations.

We make every effort to accommodate all roommate requests, but cannot guarantee requested assignments. Roommate pairs are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible and at the same time to ensure pairing.


Summer Housing at American University includes many amenities that everyone needs! Included in your room costs are your cable television, wired and wireless high-speed internet, individual room air-conditioning units, and carpeted floors. You will also have access to laundry facilities on each floor, and a common space for cooking and hanging out. On campus, you have access to the Jacob’s Fitness Center (located on main campus, a short shuttle ride from Tenley), free parking, shuttle service to the metro, and an on-campus convenience store (main campus). Not to mention that all of the residence halls have wireless Internet available for your use!

Mail Service

Mail Service continues during the summer months for visiting interns. Sample Addresses:

Meal Plans and EagleBucks

Meal plans are available on campus through our campus food service vendor, Bon Appetit. Interns eat in the main campus cafeteria*, located in the Mary Graydon Center, and/or the Tenley Campus Cafe. Meal plan options include EagleBuck$. The Summer intern meal plan options and rates are currently being decided.

  • 50 meal block with EagleBucks @ $TBA
  • 25 meal block with EagleBucks @ $TBA
  • 25 meal block with EagleBucks @ $TBA

“The EagleBucks Option”

Can’t make the dining hours work for your busy schedule?  “The EagleBucks Option” adds an amount to your Guest Card prior to your arrival.

You can also purchase food on campus at McDonald’s, Megabytes Cafe, the Eagle’s Nest, 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.

EagleBucks are 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 guest card, EagleBuck has you covered with whatever you need, whenever you need it, during your stay

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

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 the UPS Store, a hair salon, and a full-service bank with ATM facilities.

EagleBucks Policy

EagleBucks is a prepaid, debit account that is accessed by your Summer Guest Card. Because it is a pre-paid account, there is neither a fee nor a minimum balance. EagleBucks is an accepted form of payment for goods and services at various locations on and off-campus.

The EagleBucks account has been established for the convenience of purchasing goods and services on and off campus. It is not designed nor intended to act as a banking service. No interest will be paid or credited to balances maintained in the account, no withdrawals will be permitted, and banking and consumer lending regulations do not apply. The EagleBucks account will remain valid for the duration of your stay at American University.

The initial deposit to, or use of, your EagleBucks activates the account that binds you to the full terms and conditions of the agreement. The EagleBucks account is non-transferable. Therefore, cash advances or withdrawals from the account are not permitted. Balances remaining on the EagleBucks summer card are not refundable. You may obtain your EagleBucks account balance from any of the Value Stations by swiping the card through the reader or by visiting Housing and Dining Programs Main Office during business hours.
Click here for Summer Dining Hours of Operation

* 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 or Tavern on the first floor of the Mary Graydon Center.

Summer Guest Cards

When you check in, you will receive a Summer Guest Card. This is your summer ID and a valuable tool you will use for many purposes:

It is your access to the front doors of your residence hall.

If you purchase a meal plan, the meal blocks & EagleBuck$ will be placed on your Summer Guest Card and used at all access points for meals.

EagleBucks are also able to be used at participating vendors both on and off campus. EagleBucks work like a debit card, and can be used to purchase food at various off campus locations rather than use cash or a credit card. See the Housing and Dining Programs Website for a complete list of off campus vendors.

You will be asked to show your Summer Guest Card at the Jacobs Fitness Center. You may also need to show your Summer Guest Card when riding the AU shuttle.

If you LOSE your card, go to the front desk of your hall and report your missing card. The staff will request a new card and transfer your previous balance of meals and EagleBucks onto your new card, which will be placed in your mail box. If you lose your card on a Friday or a weekend, you may have to wait until business
hours on Monday to create a new guest card. There is a $15.00 charge to replace a lost or missing Summer Guest Card. A temporary card for access can be obtained from Public Safety (located across from the South Side shuttle stop).

Athletic and Recreation Facilities

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 locker rooms. 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).

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.

* Some of AU’s athletic facilities may be used for summer sports camps, restricting availability, but usually only during the day.

Check-In and Check-Out Information

Summer intern housing for is available from early May to first week in August.  Specific dates and times will be announed later. We cannot allow early check-ins or late check-outs. Interns may check in at the front desk of their assigned part of campus 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.

What to Bring/What Not to Bring

We encourage you to keep in mind that you will only be in Washington DC for a very short time and that your stay here will likely keep you very busy.

When packing for your internship and your room, we recommend the following items as a beginning packing list:

  • Laptop or Computer
  • Umbrella/Poncho
  • Bed linens, blankets, and pillows
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels/Bathroom linens
  • Television/VCR/DVD player
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Toiletries and shower caddy
  • Mini-refrigerator (can be leased for your stay from AU)

Your safety is important. Due to the hazards associated with their use, the following appliances may not be present in residence hall rooms:

  • Personal air conditioners
  • Open-coiled appliances
  • Grills (including George Foreman grills)
  • Steam vaporizers
  • Halogen lamps
  • Waterbeds
  • Immersion coals
  • Microwaves
  • Oil, kerosene, and gas lamps
  • Any appliance attached to multiple extension cords

These appliances may only be used in designated cooking areas or kitchens:

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

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