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, www.hotwire.com, or www.airbnb.com. We have two hotel guides: hotel guide 1 and hotel guide 2 to help you with finding your accommodations in Washington, D.C.

Dormitory option:

Participants of the Environmental Law Summer Session have the option to stay in the American University's Cassell Hall, which is a dormitory that features suite-style housing where participants stay in 4 person or 6 person suites with a shared bathroom. There are single and double accommodations available. The residence halls feature 24-hour desk operations, air conditioning, twin-size beds, all linens, and semi-private bathrooms. Each suite in Cassell Hall has a common living area furnished with a couch, coffee table, dinner table, and chairs, as well as individual bathrooms for the suite. Each room in the suite is furnished with a desk, chairs, twin bed, drawers, and a wardrobe.

American University is conveniently located approximately one-half mile away from the WCL Tenley campus, where the summer session takes place, and from the Tenleytown-AU metro stop. Additionally, the University offers a free shuttle from main campus to the metro and to WCL throughout the day.

Please click here for more information on Cassell Hall. If you want to stay in Cassell Hall, you must register to do so by May 15 (see below for more details).

Other amenities include, cable television hookup, wireless high-speed internet, individual room air-conditioning units, and access to laundry facilities. Also gym access are available to summer students during their stay at AU at no additional cost.


Rates for the Summer 2016 are as follows and are per person:

Single - $77/night ($88.17/night with tax included)
Double - $63/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.

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 American University.

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.


To apply for housing in the AU dormitories, please click HERE.

After you complete and submit the application, you will receive a confirmation email. Participants must pay before check-in. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.. The deadline to apply for housing at American University is MAY 15 (no exceptions). If you do not apply by May 15, we cannot guarantee housing in the AU dormitories.

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 Erika Lennon (elennon@wcl.american.edu) or AU Housing and Dining Services directly at conferences@american.edu or by telephone at (202) 885-3370.