McDowell Hall

mcdowell hall exterior building

About The Hall

McDowell hall will undergo a renovation ahead of the 2024 - 2025 academic year. McDowell Hall will house approximately 370 students and will have a traditional residence hall design with corridor-style rooms and shared gender-neutral pod bathrooms. 

Each floor community has a central lounge space with a kitchen, lounge furniture, and television for students to study or socialize with their community. Each floor also has a laundry room. The building is connected to Hughes Hall. Nearby is the Woods Brown Amphitheater, a peaceful and eventful green space for the AU community. The Cassell Fitness Center, open to all AU students, is across the street.

Personalize Your Room

Decorative and additional items can be purchased from the HRL coordinated vendors through our Personalize Your Room webpage. Each room will include the furniture noted on this webpage.

In-Hall Staff

In-hall staff include resident assistants (RAs) and a community director (CD). McDowell’s RAs live in the building, acting as peer educators and helping residents connect to their community. The Hughes and McDowell community has one CD, a professional staff member who works with RAs to foster a living-learning environment to bridge the academic and residential experience.

McDowell is connected to Leonard and Hughes, both are mixed-class buildings.

  • Wi-fi throughout building
  • Gender-neutral pod bathrooms 
  • Community kitchen/lounge

    • Microwave 
    • Stove cooktop 

    • Oven  

    • Sink with garage disposal  

    • Dining room table and chairs

  • Daytime front desk service
  • Printer in lobby 

  • Elevators 
  • Mail boxes
  • Laundry rooms
  • All carpeted floors  

  • Cable-ready outlet
  • Windows with cellular shades  

  • Built in closet with vanity 

  • In-room Ethernet connections

  • Twin sized adjustable beds  

  • Dual/firm mattress 

  • Desk, chair, and bookshelf (newly replaced)

Who can live in McDowell Hall?

  • 2023-2024 academic year: first-year, transfer, and sophomore (apartments only) students.
  • 2024-2025 academic year: TBD
McDowell Hall
Description Approximate Dimensions


15'1" x 9'9"

Built-in shelves

1'10.25" (W) x 1'11" (D) x Adjustable (H)


1'10" (W) x 10.5" (D) x 2'6" (H)


3'6" (W) x 1'11.75" (D) x 2'6.25" (H)

Wardrobe or built-in closet

3'4.75" (W) x 1'10" (D) x 5'8.5" (H)

Dresser or built-in drawers

2'8" (W) x 1'5" (D) x 3'.25" (H)

Bed frame

3'6" (W) x 2'4" (H) x 6'7" (L)


Standard twin

Virtual Tours

Our virtual tours are representative of a given room type. Each space varies based on room sizes and dimensions. Each virtual tour includes some decorative items and a MicroFridge to show what the room looks like when occupied, but these items are not included in rooms. 

Click below to view virtual tours of McDowell Hall:

Your Community

  • Get involved in your Residence Hall Association or Hall Council.

  • Check out the history plaque in the front lobby!

Community Director