2022-2023 Reapplication

Reapplication, at American University, is an online process that provides eligible returning undergraduate residents the opportunity to select their housing for the next academic year. For the 2022-2023 academic year, applications will be accepted beginning February 1 at noon. 

Questions? Read about the process below and review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Your Quick Guide to Room Selection

  • Who picks which days? View your timeslot on the Housing portal
    • March 14-18: Sophomore timeslots begin between 10am-4:30pm
    • March 19-20: No new timeslots over the weekend
    • March 21-24: Upperclass timeslots begin between 10am-4:30pm
  • Your Resources:

Process Overview and Timeline

There are three simple steps for the 2022-2023 process. To live on campus, applicants must follow all three steps and their respective deadlines.

Extensive information about the process is available throughout this page. Please review the provided information, before contacting the Housing office.

Step 1: Community Preference (February 1)

The application opens to all current students. You will select your Community Preference. This is used for determining where you will live and with whom you can create a roommate match. Your Specialty Housing options include Black Affinity Housing, Honors, Community Based Research Scholars (CBRS), KSB: Venturous, and SIS: Interculturalist. All other students can select Sophomore or Upperclass Housing.

Step 2: Roommate Matching (March 1)

Roommate Matching opens on March 1. You will need to sign the HLA and you will get to roommate match with other students in your community. By roommate matching you are granting your group the ability to select a room on your behalf.

Students may create or join a group of 2-6 students. Students can begin to create groups as each student completes the housing application. Students may make changes to their group configuration through selection. Based on limited living units that can house groups of 3-6, groups will need to regroup into smaller sizes if those living units are unavailable during selection.

Step 3: Room Selection (March 14-25)

Starting March 14 and continuing through March 25, you will select your own room through in the AU Housing Portal. Your options will be based upon your approved community. Each student will have a personalized Room Selection Timeslot. If you completed Roommate Matching, the roommate with the earliest timeslot can select a room for your group.

During step 3, students will be able to view and select a housing assignment. Any member of a group can select for their group on or after their selection time begins.

Reapplication Emails

A copy of each Reapplication email will be shared here. Each student should check their AU email to confirm specific information sent to them.

Important Dates

  • February 1st – Application Opens & ASAC Request Due
  • February 15th – Priority Date for Specialty Housing requests
  • March 1st – Roommate Matching Opens
  • March 15-25 – Room Selection takes place
  • March 25th – Deadline to Cancel at No Fee
  • March 31 - Virtual Off-Campus Housing Fair

Housing Options

The 2022-2023 housing rates can be found on Academic Year Rates webpage in March 2022.

Housing options for returning students
Building Rising Sophomores Rising Juniors/Seniors Room Types

Students who elect to live in semi-private living units with private baths (Centennial, Cassell, Congressional, Duber, Constitution, McDowell suites, Federal) are responsible for cleaning their in-unit bathrooms.

Only true triple rooms in McDowell halls (originally designed as a triple room) will be offered for the 2022-20233 academic year. No double rooms will be converted to temporary triple rooms for the 2022-2023 academic year. Groups of three are not guaranteed placement in a triple occupancy bedroom.




Suite style

Centennial Yes No Suite style




Double with private bath

Duber Yes No Double with private bath




Double with private bath




Traditional room




Traditional room




Apartment style




Shared studio, 1 BR, and 2 BR

Returning Student Room Selection Process

Your participation in the Reapplication process is your agreement to live in AU-affiliated housing for fall 2022 and spring 20233. You are contractually committed to live on campus for the full academic year; cancellation fees will apply should you decide to move off campus at any point during the year. Students leaving the residence halls for an approved reason (study abroad, permanent withdrawal, or transfer) may not be subject to cancellation fees with proper documentation.

Yes, you will have the opportunity to create a roommate group during Step 2: Roommate Matching. Roommates will be able to select together if there is open space still available at their time of selection. Groups can be made up of students without regard to sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression. Groups can also be made up of students with both sophomore and upperclass residential classifications and will be able to select in buildings available to both classifications.

See the chart above for the buildings available according to your residential classification.

No problem. If you do not have an intended roommate, you will simply participate in Reapplication as an individual. As such, you will not need to create a group in Step 2 and will select from an available space during Step 3: Room Selection. Participating in Reapplication as an individual does not guarantee a single room assignment. Single rooms are very limited and students should expect to select a double occupancy space or lager.

Students who have already been accepted and paid the deposit to study abroad in fall should not participate in the Reapplication process. If you are unsure about your plans to study abroad in the fall, you should participate in the room selection process and secure a space. Students who participate in an approved study abroad program during the fall semester will be exempt from the housing cancellation fee. If you do select a housing assignment, complete a the cancellation application in the AU Housing Portal as soon as possible so your space can be assigned to another student from the waitlist.

If you select a space and then cancel to participate in a study abroad, your vacant space will be reassigned based on high demand for campus housing and we will not be able to accomondate roommate requests to fill the space.

For students studying abroad in the fall, housing is guaranteed upon your return provided that you meet all spring housing application deadlines. Information will be sent to you via email by October for the spring application process. Hall or roommate preferences are not guaranteed for students returning in the spring, but efforts will be made to meet those requests.

You should participate in the Reapplication process. Students who participate in an approved study abroad program during spring 2023 will be exempt from the cancellation fee.

If you wish to request disability-related housing accommodations, you must have completed the housing accommodation request process through the Academic Support & Access Center (ASAC) by February 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. Please note, housing accommodation requests typically take at least three weeks to process, so students should start the ASAC process as soon as possible. Students can initiate this process through the ASAC Disability Related Housing Accommodations Process page. If you have questions, please contact ASAC at 202-885-3360 in advance of the room selection process.

Students applying to be a Resident Assistant (RA)should review the questions and answers below to guide them through the Repplication process:

  • Q: I’m planning to apply to be a 2022-2023 RA, should I apply for Reapplication?
    • A: Yes, if you plan to live on-campus regardless of being hired as a Resident Assistant. If you only plan to live on-campus if hired as a Resident Assistant you do not need to apply for Reapplication.
  • Q: What happens if I’m not hired as an RA and I still prefer to live on-campus? 
    • A You will be notified if you are hired as an RA before room selection and can simply participate in room selection to choose a space.

Students who need housing considerations due to gender should complete the Gender-Based Housing Consideration Form. Considerations may include access to affirming bathrooms, roommates, and room type. If you would like to request a Gender-Based Consideration, you must complete the Center for Diversity & Inclusion’s process by February 15 at 5 p.m. Please note, the Gender-Based Consideration process takes at least 3 weeks to complete and should be initiated well before the deadline.

Students interested in opting into All-Gender Housing and living with differently gendered roommates do not need to fill out the Gender-Based Housing Considerations form. Students can select the All-Gender Housing option through the AU Housing Portal’s regular online application. The Gender-Based Housing Consideration form is only for students who have considerations for their housing based on their gender identity.


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Living Off Campus

HRL provides several off-campus resources and services, including a video guide to moving off campus and an off-campus posting tool.

Moving off-campus does not affect a student's eligibility for financial aid. The financial aid office approximates living expense for all students to the cost of a double room on-campus. If you would like to discuss your particular scholarship or loan arrangements related to moving off-campus, get in touch with the financial aid office.

Yes. Priority is given to current residents. Students who did not live on-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year will be able to select housing starting March 28, after current residents finish selection on March 25.


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General Housing

Current first year students (rising sophomores) currently residing on-campus are guaranteed a space on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year if they meet all deadlines, as well as select a space. On-campus housing is not guaranteed beyond the rising sophomore population. However, all students interested in living on-campus are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate students, including students who are abroad or on a leave of absence, are eligible to participate in the Reapplication process. Because there are approximately 400 spaces available for rising juniors and seniors, not all who apply will secure a space. Students who do not secure a space through the Reapplication can continue to seek on-campus housing through the waitlist selections, which will be available beginning in the spring semester.

Residential classification refers to your eligibility for certain housing locations, as well as whether you are guaranteed on-campus housing. Typically, it reflects how many semesters you've been eligible to live on campus (not including summer) or were abroad.

Refer to the Academic Year Rates page for housing costs. For questions specific to your meal plan, eagleBucks, or dining dollars, contact One Card & Dining Services.

Ideally, we would like to provide housing for all undergraduate students who desire to live on campus. A top priority in the university's campus plan is building housing on campus to accommodate juniors and seniors in future years. Current trends show that most AU students move off-campus between their sophomore and junior years; only 25% of the junior class has historically lived on campus, as compared to 85% of the sophomore class.

Summer storage is a popular option for students looking for a way to store their belongings while they are at home or abroad during the summer. The UPS Store provides safe and convenient storage for all AU students. Located on campus, the UPS Store provides in-room delivery when students return in August. Stored items are placed in the student's assigned room before they return to school for the fall semester. The UPS Store has been serving AU students since 1987; for more information about summer storage, visit the AU Storage website. 


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Room Selection Timeslots are assigned on a random basis. Classification (number of semesters eligible to reside on campus) only impacts what locations you can select from, not what Room Selection Timeslot you were assigned.

In both cases, students can participate in the Waitlist selection processes beginning during the spring semester.