American University Dormitories:
Cassell Hall


  • Participants can now apply and pay for housing online. Please note that the registration is ENTIRELY in English. If you are not a native English speaker, click here for instructions in Spanish.
  • Email confirmations will be sent to those offered placement. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the housing department at:
  • Refunds will not be granted to participants who decide to leave early.
  • Students should consider their housing dates carefully. If you plan to go away for the weekend, you cannot check out for those days.
  • Housing payments can only be made with cash or credit card. Wire transfers are not accepted.
  • We encourage you to pay online via credit card. If you absolutely need to pay in cash, you need to go through the entire registration process up to the payment page and then stop. At this point your application is complete. You can log in at any time (using your username and password) and look at the status of your application. If you are paying in cash, you need to pay the entire amount upon arrival.
  • The Academy does not accept payments on behalf of the Housing Department. All payments for housing must be submitted separate from course fees and directly to the housing department.
  • Please note that if you request a double room but do not have a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate. American University housing rules require that both roommates be of the same gender
  • Persons not participating in the Program cannot stay at the university dorms even if they are accompanied by a Program participant. These persons would have to make their own arrangements for housing.
  • For additional questions or concerns, contact:

2014 Summer Housing Rates


$75.00 p/p night


$60.00 p/p night


The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is not affiliated with, nor do we endorse any of the housing options listed. Please ensure you understand all policies and costs related to your stay prior to making any reservations.


APPLY for Summer Housing

*You will need to complete the Summer Housing Application. Please be sure to fill out every field of the housing application, as applications with blank fields will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. Rooms will be assigned in May and you will only be contacted when one is assigned to you.


  • Rooms at Cassell Hall are set up as two and three room suites, which means that a maximum of four people will share a bathroom in the two room suite and a maximum of six people will share two bathrooms in the three room suite. See floor plans of dorm rooms here and here.
  • Rooms and bathrooms are cleaned prior to check-in. You are responsible for maintaining your area.
  • Linens can be exchanged at the front desk.
  • Toilet paper can also be requested at the front desk.
  • Dormitories are the most minimal of accommodations and they include a bed, linens, desk and dressers. Rooms do not have phones.
  • Participants that stay in the dorms will be issued an AU Conference Card that grants them access to the fitness center. But this will only be granted if you have signed the liability waiver.
  • Washington College of Law is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the dorms or you can take a free shuttle that will bring you to the law school. View Map.
  • Please do not order packages or mail to the dorms. You will not receive them.
  • The American University dormitories are NOT a hotel. The individuals working there are staff and students at the University. Please treat them accordingly.

Extending your housing

American University can accommodate participants who wish to stay in the dorms for a few days after the competition. However, persons who wish to extend their stay in the AU dorms must specify the exact dates of the extension in the online housing application, you cannot do it in person. In addition, payment for these extra days must be made in advance. Extensions can be paid for by credit card only.

American University cannot hold onto luggage for participants who have officially checked out of campus housing.

For those who will be participating in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition as well as the Program of Advanced Studies, must make two separate bookings for housing for each Program.


Dorm Rules:

  • A comprehensive list of resident hall rules and regulations can be found online.
  • Resident hall ‘Quiet Hours’ are from 12AM to 7AM. Please be courteous and respectful of your fellow program participants, as well as the additional residents, interns, students and guests that share your living space.
  • Do not move any piece of furniture from your rooms. For example, you cannot move your mattress into another room.

Alcohol/Drug Policy:

  • American University community members uphold university policies and abide by local, state, and federal laws pertaining to alcohol and other drugs. Individuals accept personal responsibility for the outcome of their decisions.
  • Consumption or possession of alcohol/drugs is strictly prohibited in university residence halls. A participant that violates this rule will not only face immediate expulsion from the program but will also be charged for misconduct with the University and the local authorities.

Sexual Assault/Harassment:

  • American University does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind, in any context.
  • Intimidating or forcing a person into sexual activity violates American University’s stated values and policies and is punishable with severe sanctions.
  • Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.
  • Incidents will be reported to the University as well as local authorities.
  • Various campus groups and offices are available for counseling and support
Failure to abide by these rules could result in dismissal from the Program and/or complications with the law.


Tobacco Free Policy

This policy prohibits the use of tobacco products and medical marijuana on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled or operated by the University including campus owned, leased or rented vehicles. The policy applies to faculty, staff, students, vendors, guests, and contractors.

Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah-smoked products, and oral tobacco (spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff).

For more information, please visit the Tobacco Free AU website found here.



Budget Hotel:

around $50-100/night


Quaint lodging which usually includes basic amenities, such as beds, dressers, desk, telephone and TV. Some budget hotels have both shared and private bathrooms.

Bed & Breakfast (B&B):

around $75-150/night


Offer quaint lodging in private rooms with both shared and private bathrooms, depending on price. Bed & Breakfasts usually tailor to those who are looking for comfort, charm, and affordability. Most include shared amenities, such as a shared kitchen, common room, and TV room.

Apartment-style Accommodations:

prices vary


Accommodations usually include a small kitchen, private bathroom, and bedroom. In apartment-style accommodations; the atmosphere is less like a hotel, and more like a private residence. Apartments are available both unfurnished and furnished. Accommodations of this nature will vary tremendously in both amenities and cost. Browse through options on Craigslist: DC for daily/weekly/monthly sublets. We recommend looking for something available in Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, or Cleveland Park.

Moderately Priced Hotel:

around $100-200/night


Hotels include more modern day amenities and services than dormitories, budget hotels, and a bed & breakfast. Lodging usually includes a private bathroom, cable television, A/C, restaurant, and guest services. Hotels sometimes include an indoor/outdoor pool, exercise facility, and laundry facilities.

Luxury Hotel:

$200 and up/night


The most luxurious of your options, these hotels usually include many amenities and guest services. Most luxury hotels include luxurious guestrooms with cable TV, A/C, robes, and maid service, as well as fitness facilities, pool, and dining services on site.


$25 and up/night


The most basic of accommodations, most rooms will be dormitory-style with multiple beds in a shared space. These will be located further from campus, so transportation expenses and time would need to be factored in to your decision. Some have common space, kitchen, meals and internet included. Amenities vary.