Spring Move-In

We extend a warm welcome to new and returning American University residents. Learn more about your room assignment and arrival process to help you prepare to move-in between Thursday, January 6 through Monday, January 31.

All spring residents must select a Move-In timeslot in the AU Housing Portal by Monday, January 10. Timeslots can be changed in the future as needed.

Remember: All students must test for Covid-19 within 48 hours after arriving on campus. (Pre-arrival testing is also recommended, but not required.) 

Additional information can be found below about the check-in process and other frequently asked questions:

Please also review:

When you arrive on campus:

  • Residents returning to the same space for spring 2022 can proceed directly to their space when they arrive on-campus.
  • Complete Self Check-In through the AU Housing Portal. Returning students do no need to check-in at their hall desk upon arrival to campus.
  • If you need a new AU One Card to access your room, please contact the One Card office to receive a new card.
  • You will check-in at your residence hall front desk utilizing a government issued ID or AU One Card.
  • Those arriving during One Card (AU ID card) office hours who do not already have a One Card will be directed to that office to acquire one. If the One Card office is not open, a temporary room access card will be provided at check-in. If you already have a One Card, please bring it with you as it serves as your key to your building and room.

Before You Arrive

  1. Know where and with whom you're living.
    • You can find your room assignment and roommate contact information on your AU Housing Portal. We strongly suggest you contact your roommate or roommates before move-in. Living with a brand new person can be challenging, so getting to know your similarities and differences early makes a large impact on settling in. Because your room might not be as large as the one you have at home, it is also useful to discuss what you plan to bring to campus.
  2. Take care of outstanding needs, such as submitting your One Card photo and personalizing your space.
    • New students should visit the One Card & Dining Services webpage for information on uploading a One Card photo before the start of the semester and to learn how to pick-up their One Card before checking into their residence hall.
    • Many students utilize our various vendor partnerships to personalize their living experience with bed loft, MicroFridge, and lockbox rentals.
  3. Create a packing list and get to know what items you can't bring into your building and room.
    • Students live in a variety of residence styles around campus. Each residence hall room measures approximately 12 by 15 feet and is equipped with built-in closets or wardrobes, storage cabinets, beds, desks and chairs, and bookcases. 
    • Although you may want to bring several of your personal items, we encourage you to remember that you will need far less than you imagine. Rather than purchasing new supplies, consider renting items from one of our preferred vendors or purchasing something gently used. Many necessities can also be purchased at the campus store. Make your move-in motto "when in doubt, leave it out."
    • Certain items are restricted in your room but can be used in your lounge space, while others are completely prohibited from your hall. Know what items you can or can't bring before you travel to campus.
    • Before you start shipping textbooks and other belongings to your room, check the Mail Services to make sure you have the right mailing address and date mail and packages can arrive to campus.

The following desks will be staffed to support residents during the month of January 2022:

  • Anderson Hall: students residing in Anderson, Centennial, Letts, and Roper halls.
  • Federal Hall: students residing in Federal, Constitution, and Duber halls.
  • Leonard Hall: students residing in Hughes, Leonard, Cassell, and McDowell halls.
  • Nebraska Hall: students residing in Nebraska Hall.
  • Frequency Apartments: students residing in the Frequency Apartments.

Students returning to the same room for the spring:

  • The current guest policy will be in effect throughout spring opening. Residents will be limited to one (1) guest at a time; the guest must be a current AU student. No more than one (1) guest per occupied bed is permitted in a bedroom/suite/apartment at a time.  The full guest policy can be reviewed on the Policies & Procedures webpage.
  • Carts will be available during opening. Carts may not be available based on demand and we encourage packing as if a cart will not be available.

Students moving into a new room for the spring semester:

  • Students can have up to (2) non-AU guests while they are actively moving in between January 6-January 10. All guests must be pre-registered in the AU Housing Portal under Additional Requests and will be verified at the front desk of the residence hall when they arrive.
  • All guests are expected to follow all AU health and safety guidelines.


Additional Information

No, American University is not issuing rate reductions for housing for the beginning of the spring semester. Residents can move in anytime between January 6 - January 31.

If you are no longer participating in a Study Abroad, HRL will work with you to recieve a housing assignment. Space is limited during this time and it is not likely students will receive their same fall assignment during the spring semester. Please complete a spring housing application in the AU Housing portal and send an email to housing@american.edu to begin the process.

HRL does not have temporary housing available to study abroad students who will travel abroad in late January or February.

Important Dates

January 5: Winter break residents move from the Canopy to their spring assignment between 9am-12pm (noon).

January 6: Residence halls open for new and returning spring semester at 10 a.m.

January 10: Spring courses begin.

January 24: Spring Open Room Change begins.