Housing Information

The Summer Session on Environmental Law does not provide housing for Summer Program participants. However, there are a number of places participants can look to find housing, including the American University dormitories or local hotels. Please note that hotels are often cheaper booked via travel websites such as www.hotels.com, www.expedia.com, www.travelocity.com, or www.hotwire.com. We have assembled a hotel guide to help you with finding your accommodations in Washington, D.C. Please click here.

Dormitory option:

Participants of the Summer Session on Environmental Law have the option to stay in the American University dormitory at Cassell Hall. It features the popular and convenient suite-style rooms (two double rooms sharing one bathroom).


Rates for the Summer 2015 are as follows:

Single - $80/night ($91.60/night with tax included)
Double - Cassell $63/person/night ($72.14/night with tax included)

Front Desk: The main front desk for Cassell Hall will be open for check-in when participants arrive. Additionally, the front desk will be open 24 hours a day should guests lose their keys or need assistance in an emergency.

Parking: All guests staying on campus are eligible for a parking permit. The cost of the permit is included in the cost of housing. The parking permit will be for the Nebraska parking lot, located on the corner of Nebraska Avenue and New Mexico Avenue. Participants not staying on campus are welcome to pay to park at the Nebraska lot (pay upon arrival). There is a shuttle that runs from main campus to the Nebraska lot to the metro station.

Kitchen: There is a community kitchen on each floor of the residence hall; however, there are no cooking supplies or dishes.

Phones: There are no phones for guests to use in the residence hall. They can purchase pay-as-you-go phones from area retailers.

Linens: All linens will be provided. This includes sheets for a twin-size bed, a blanket, and a towel. The linens can be changed once a week upon request from the program coordinator.

Other Amenities: The dorm rooms have air conditioning, wireless internet access, and semi-private bathrooms.

Location to WCL: American University is located one-half mile from the Washington College of Law building. There are free shuttles throughout the day between American University and the Washington College of Law.

Directions: To get to American University from the airport, you can take a taxi or Super Shuttle shared van service, which is a cheaper alternative. When you arrive at the Airport follow the signs to ground transportation and look for the blue and yellow Super Shuttle reservations desk. Give them the address below.

American University Cassell Residence Hall
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Alternatively, if you take the DC Metro from the airport, you should go to the Tenleytown-AU metro stop. There is a free shuttle that runs from the Tenleytown-AU metro station to both American University and Washington College of Law.

Cassell Hall is located on the Northeast side of campus closest to Massachusetts Ave NW and in between the Wesley Theological Seminary and the President's Building. Please see the campus map for exact location.

Please arrive at the Cassell Hall Front Desk with an ID to check in.


The online application for housing for Summer 2015 is now available. To apply for on campus housing at American University, please fill out the online application by following these instructions. To complete the online application, click on the application link. Then, once on the page, click on "Conference Guest Online Registration," which is located at the top-right of the page. There, you will have the option to click on "Environmental Law," which you should do, and then click "Sign-up."

After you complete and submit the application, you will receive a confirmation email. Participants must pay at or before check-in. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Summer Housing office with any questions you have about your application or payment. The Housing Office recommends that you pay online via credit card prior to your arrival on campus. The deadline to apply for housing at American University is MAY 25.

Cancellations will receive a full refund if cancelled in writing to conferences@american.edu 48 hours prior to check-in. No refund is available for cancellations within 48 hours of check-in. You will not be able to check-out during your stay, including weekends.

If you have any questions, please contact AU Housing and Dining Services directly at conferences@american.edu or by telephone at (202) 885-3370.