Accommodations and Services

Where You Will Be Staying

American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Summer Interns will stay on the Tenley Campus of American University, 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 the Summer. 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!

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.

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. A replacement card will be issued as quickly as possible.  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