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.

For those participants only attending the Trade and Environment Seminar with the OAS, you can still apply for housing in the AU dormitories. The deadline to apply for housing as part of the Trade and Environment Seminar (only) is June 5 (no exceptions).

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 Guarina Lopez-Davis (guarina@wcl.american.edu) or AU Housing and Dining Services directly at conferences@american.edu or by telephone at (202) 885-3370.

Important American University Policies

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- and Smoke-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).

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.