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Specialty Housing Communities

American University offers a number of Specialty Housing Communites available to students across their residential experence. These include thematic communities and Living Learning Communities (LLCs). LLCs are cohorts of students who live and explore a common interest or academic pursuit together. Some LLCs include required courses that students must take. Admittance to each community is based on individual requirements.


Have you enjoyed your Honors living-learning community? Rising sophomores who are currently enrolled in Honors are invited to live on the Honors and Scholars floor. You will continue to live in a strong community with all the benefits of peer support and programming designed to enhance your second year. For more information about this opportunity, please contact

AU Compass is a Living-Learning Community for sophomore students to both engage with and explore their academic pathway at AU. AU Compass gives students more time for focused exploration, alongside a supportive network of peers, faculty, and staff. Students will participate in guest lectures, off-campus trips, self-inventories, and so much more, helping shape their journey as an Eagle and beyond. 


For more information about this opportunity, please visit the AU Compass Webpage, email, and/or follow this community on Instagram (@aucompass).  

Are you passionate about social justice? Do you want to be part of a tight-knit community of peers committed to improving the world?

CBRS is a program for social-justice minded students who want to learn how to work directly with the community to effect positive social change. In addition to the strong research skills you will develop, you will get to experience Washington, DC, in a deeper way, beyond the monuments and museums, to the rich diversity of neighborhoods, cultures, and people. Even better, you get to do all this with an amazing, supportive community of peers as you live, learn, and serve together.

Rising sophomores who have applied and been admitted to the CBRS program for fall 2022 will live on the Honors and Scholars floor. Members of the current CBRS cohort who would like to continue living in the community may also opt to live on the sophomore Honors and Scholars floor. For more information about this opportunity, please contact

All Students

The Black Affinity Housing community is located in Roper Hall and provides an intentional residential community dedicated to celebrating, exploring, and affirming black student experiences at AU and beyond. The live-in experience encourages dialogue and community building that is mindful of the diverse social, cultural, and academic needs of Black and multicultural students. Black Affinity Housing will enrich all of campus life by promoting solidarity among students of all backgrounds and identities. Learn more on our Black Affinity Housing webpage.