Campus Housing

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman I was put into a forced triple in Anderson Hall. Was a bit tight for sure, but we ended up staying together anyway. The closets are bigger than most freshman dorms and you have a decent amount of space. Very big windows are nice. Cleanliness is the biggest problem. Though we've been lucky, most of my friends have had mice or rats in their dorms, and we've had them in our floor lounge. The bathrooms are usually pretty gross as well. Next year I'll be living in a 6 person suite in Cassell which is one of the nicer dorms on campus. Overall I think housing is pretty great here, but cleanliness was a big issue for me.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are fairly small, and some people are put into triples when it is meant as a double. There are community bathrooms, which is not the end of the world; you get used to it. Personally, I think housing is a bit expensive, but the whole school is expensive. On the bright side, housing is conveniently located on our small campus. Walking to classes takes about five to ten minutes.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: AU Campus Housing has gotten a lot better within the past two years. They have newly renovated Anderson Hall, Letts, and added a new dorm Cassell. Cassell is awesome and basically an apartment with a spacious living area, kitchen and two bathrooms. If you're a sophomore and don't want to move off campus Cassell or Centennial are great options, while Anderson and Letts are more freshman dorms. They recently renovated Letts Hall and Anderson a couple years ago so they are pretty nice.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its your average college dorm room, nothing special. Finding housing on campus after you are a first year student is a bit of a headache though.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms are not that great like Anderson, Letts, and Mcdowell. Cassell and Nebraska though are really nice, but they are for upperclassmen. That being said they are all livable and people generally complain about them too much.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 343rd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 406th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1155th
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jesse MacDonald
Hometown
Brooklyn
Major
Law & Society
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AU dorms cater to students of varied dispositions. The North Side dorms of Hughes, McDowell, and Leonard are considered quieter, and residents there say they have tight-knit communities because they are smaller. The South Side dorms of Letts, Anderson, and Centennial are home to more frat brothers and sorority sisters, and are therefore a little rowdier.

Leonard is home to the school’s many international students, and there are specialized floors elsewhere, including all-women's floors and community service floors. Honors floors and Learning Community floors, where students live with similarly interested roommates, are becoming increasingly popular. Most students are satisfied with housing options, as long as they live somewhere appropriate to their personalities. Many freshmen live on campus and say it makes meeting people easier, but by junior year, students start moving off campus.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
3,953
Average Housing Costs
$9,290
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Undergrads Living On Campus
64%
Freshmen Living On Campus
96%
Number of Dormitories
11
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
Anderson Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Centennial Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
McDowell Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
McDowell Hall
What You Get
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Desk
  • Heater
  • Plenty of closet and drawer space

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Anderson Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 750-999
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Largest residence hall on campus; access to South Campus computer lab and Greek Lounge; home to offices for the Housing & Dining programs and Residence Hall Association.
Capital Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Home to transfer and Washington Semester students; located on Tenley Campus, about a mile from main campus
Centennial Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Home to South Side Honors Community
Clark Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: This hall opened in the fall of 2010.
Congressional Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Home to transfer and Washington Semester students; located on Tenley Campus, about a mile from main campus
Federal Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Mail room, on-site dining facility; home to students in the Washington Mentorship program; located on Tenley Campus, about a mile from main campus
Hughes Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Classroom, computer lab; home to University Honors Program
Leonard Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Home to intercultural/international living experience; renovated in 2007, lounge designed and furnished by Crate and Barrel
Letts Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Formal lounge, Sky Lounge, study areas; home to South Campus Fitness Center
McDowell Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Common room for quiet study space, computer cluster, formal lounge on first floor; home to North Area Recreation Center (NARC)
Roper Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: This hall opened in the fall of 2010.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Nebraska Hall
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and graduate students
Room Types: Two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Full-sized beds, kitchen, living room

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