American University offers preferential rates for Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court participants and judges wishing to stay in university accommodations. University accommodations are modest but the rates are more competitive than local hotels.

Team members, coaches, observers, and bailiffs will stay in McDowell Residence Hall and judges will stay in Cassell Hall. Both residence halls feature 24-hour complex desk operations, air conditioning, wireless internet access, parking, twin size beds, and community bathroom facilities. American University is conveniently located less than a mile from the Tenleytown-AU metro stop and the University offers a free shuttle from main campus to the metro and the competition site throughout the day.

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, and smoking is not allowed in the residence halls.

Extending your housing

Moot Court participants can book their housing at the University for any time period between Thursday, May 19 and Sunday, May 29. There are no exceptions. Persons who wish to extend their stay in the AU residence halls must specify the exact dates of the extension in the housing application and cannot make any extension in person. All reservations must be made by May 1, 2016. In addition, payment for these extra days must be made in advance. American University cannot hold onto luggage for participants who have officially checked out of campus housing.

Participants can choose to extend their stay in the residence halls after the Competition is over. The last day that a Moot Court participant can extend their stay is through Sunday, May 29th at NOON. The McDowell Hall desk will close that day and all guests must be out at that time. Moot Court participants that are also participating in the summer courses will have the ability to check-out of McDowell and check-in to Cassell Hall for the period of the summer courses before the 12 noon deadline on May 29th.

For those who will be taking classes through the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, please book your housing for that program separately (make two reservations).

Registration (housing registration will start in Junuary, 2016)

Registration for housing will be completed entirely online. Please note that the registration is ENTIRELY in English. If you are not a native English speaker, click here for instructions in Spanish and here for instructions in Portuguese.

Click here to register for housing: (LINK WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER REGISTRATION STARTS)  

You are able to pay by credit card only. You can log in at any time (using your username and password) and look at the status of your application.


$57.25/night per person - DOUBLE

$88.17/night per person - SINGLE
$72.14/night per person - DOUBLE


All housing questions and changes should be sent to the Summer Housing staff at The Competition Organizers will not address any housing concerns.

Options Outside of AU:

If you would prefer to stay in a local hotel, the following locations offer reasonable rates:

  • Holiday Inn Georgetown - (202) 338-4600
  • Holiday Inn Bethesda - (301) 656 - 1500
  • Savoy Suites of Georgetown - (202) 337-9700
  • Carlyle Suites in Dupont Circle - (202) 234-3200
  • Washington International Student Center (hostel) - (202) 667-7681


  • American University is a smoke-free campus. This means you CANNOT smoke inside or near any buildings. You can smoke cigarettes on the sidewalks that surround the campus. Anywhere within campus is NOT ALLOWED.
  • You cannot bring alcohol anywhere on campus. Additionally, in the United States, you must be 21 years of age to drink.
  • The American University residence halls are NOT a hotel. The individuals working there are staff and students at the University. Please treat them accordingly.
  • You CANNOT receive packages at the residence hall or at any other office at American University. If you order a package online to be sent to the residence halls (or any office at American University), it will be RETURNED to the company. If you ignore this rule, your packages may be lost.
  • Please do not give out the Competition email address, phone number, or address, as your emergency contact information upon arrival to the United States.
  • Do not move any piece of furniture from your rooms. For example, you cannot move your mattress into another room.
  • If you want to extend your housing reservation, you need to do it through the online registration system before May 1. You cannot do it in person once you arrive at the Competition.
  • Individuals who are participating in the Moot Court Competition and in the Summer Courses need to make two SEPARATE reservations, one for each program.
  • Family members CANNOT stay in the residence halls with you. Only individuals participating in the Competition are allowed to stay at the University residence halls.