General Information

The Arbitration Center does not provide housing for Summer Program participants. However, there are a number of places participants can look to find housing. Please note that hotels are often cheaper when booked via travel websites such as www.hotels.com, www.expedia.com, www.travelocity.com, www.iloveinns.com, or www.airbnb.com.

Please click here to see a list of options. 

Dormitory Option: Cassell Hall, International Reception Center 

A block of rooms at American University’s dorms have been reserved for participants attending the International Arbitration Summer Program. Single and double accommodations in Cassell Hall are available. Cassell Hall houses students in 4 person or 6 person suite-style housing. Each suite has a common living area furnished with a couch, coffee table, dinner table, and chairs. Each bedroom in the suite is furnished with a desk, chairs, standard twin beds, two sets of drawers, and a wardrobe. Bed linens, pillow, and blanket are provided at no additional cost. Each bedroom accommodates two guests.

Please note that there is no cookware in the shared kitchen, except for a microwave and an oven. Additionally, refrigerators are only available to rent, and information on that process can be found on: www.myfridgerental.com.

Other amenities of Cassell Hall include 24 hour front desk operations, cable television hookup, wireless high-speed internet, individual room air-conditioning units, and access to laundry facilities. Gym access is also available to summer students during their stay at AU at no additional cost.

American University is conveniently located less than a mile away from the Tenleytown-AU metro stop and the University offers a free shuttle from main campus to the metro and to WCL throughout the day.


2022 rates are as follows:

  • Single room $.80.00/night
  • Double room $65.00/night.

**Note: These rates do not include the 14.95% DC hotel tax levied on all room charges.

Examples of the available suites can be found here: Single Room, Double Room.


Important: please note that reservations are not final until the payment has been submitted. You have until May 13, 2022 to book a room. Access the reservation system only when you are ready to pay.  Enough rooms have been blocked for summer participants so reservation is not need it. 

To book your stay at the American University dormitories (Cassel Hall) please go to the portal: Home | StarRez PortalX Registration (starrezhousing.com)

Please read Health and Safety Procedures.

  1. Create an account and generate a username & password. 
  2. Go to Book your Stay (top left corner.) 
  3. Provide a contact information. 
  4. Upload profile picture. 
  5. Sign Fitness Agreement and Release of Liability to be able to use the gym. 
  6. Select one of the two groups:
    Arbitration Law 2022 Group 1, only for people participating in the Arbitration Summer Program from May 31 to June 16, 2022; or
    b) Arbitration Law 2022 Group 2, for people participating in the Seminario Práctico en Arbitraje de Inversiones from July 5 to 8, 2022.
  7. You will be asked to sign the Housing License Agreement. 
  8. Select the dates you would like to stay and if you wish a double or single room. Mark Add to Cart. 
  9. You will see your shopping cart Checkout. Review your selection and mark Pay Now.
  10. Once you have made payment click Complete reservation and Submit and you will receive a confirmation email from our portal.
  11. Congratulations! You have booked your stay! We look forward to hosting you at American University this upcoming summer.

Frequently asked questions: Cassell Hall, International Reception Center (IRC)

Roommate requests

When can I check-in?

Summer students may check in at the front desk any time after 3:00 P.M. on the assigned check-in date. The front desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Present your photo ID to the front desk staff and they will give you your room assignment envelope. 

What time is check-out?
Check-out is at 12:00 P.M. on the last day of your reservation.

Are all of your residence halls air-conditioned?
Yes, all of the residence halls come equipped with air-conditioning.

Is housekeeping available during my stay?
No, housekeeping is not available.

Does university conference & guest services provide cleaning equipment and supplies for residents?
No. University Conference & Guest Services assumes responsibility for the cleaning of common area and community spaces while the responsibility for the cleaning of student rooms and/or suites remains with the students of that unit. Students are encouraged to supply their own cleaning materials in order to maintain a healthy and safe living condition in their unit. Our office and staff do not provide vacuum cleaners or other cleaning supplies. Failure to do so may result in cleaning charges assessed at the time of checkout.

How many laundry machines are on each floor and how much do they cost?
Each floor of the residence halls has approximately two-three washers and dryers. Each wash cycle costs $1.75 and each dry cycle costs $1.75. On-campus laundry machines operate on EagleBucks for increased student convenience.

What are Eaglebucks?
EagleBucks are a convenient, cashless way to make purchases both on campus and at many popular off-campus businesses. Like using a debit card, funds are deducted from your summer guest card as purchases are made. EagleBucks can added to summer guest cards at the Add Value machines in the Washington College of Law Library, Bender Library, and the Mary Graydon Center.

When do Eaglebucks expire?
EagleBucks expire on your departure date. We cannot refund unused EagleBucks at the end of your stay.

Are meal plans available?
No, meal plans are not available for summer WCL students.

Are refrigerators provided in cassell hall?
No, refrigerators are not available in Cassell Hall, however, you may rent a refrigerator by visiting https://www.myfridgerental.com/. Students who rent a refrigerator are responsible for paying all applicable fees to My Fridge Rental and coordinating delivery/pick-up directly with the company.

Can my family & friends stay on campus as well?
No, on campus housing is not available for family or friends.

I am over 21, can I bring alcohol into the residence halls?
No, alcohol is not permitted in any American University residence hall.

What are the rules for smoking on-campus?
AU is officially a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Is cassell hall ada accessible?
Yes, Cassell Hall is accessible for individuals who require mobility accommodations.

If I am placed in a double room, will my roommate also be an IRC Student?
Yes, we house students together in the same rooms and in the same building so that you can share a feeling of community with the others in your area. If you would like to share a room with a friend, who is also a WCL student, you must specify the roommate name on your application. Students who choose the double room option, without listing a specific roommate, will be assigned a roommate.

How secure is the campus?
Our residence halls are only accessible to summer guests with a Summer Guest Card, or a One Card for students living on campus. Also, the residence halls are staffed with campus hosts at front desks on each side of campus. Additionally, our public safety officers patrol campus regularly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Are you nearby a Metro stop?
Yes, we are closest to the Tenleytown/American University Metro stop. The university shuttle runs directly from that Metro station to the campus and is complementary for AU students, faculty, staff, interns, and summer guests.

Do you provide linens?
Linens, a blanket, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel are provided for students.

When will I receive my actual room assignment?
You will receive your room assignment at check-in.

Can I receive mail?
Mail Services are not available.

When will I receive my actual room assignment?
You will receive your room assignment at check-in.

What should I bring?
We encourage you to keep in mind that you will only be in Washington DC for a very short time and that your stay here will likely keep you very busy. When packing for your internship and your room, we recommend the following items as a beginning packing list:

  • Laptop or Computer
  • Bed linens, blankets & pillows
  • Towels/Bathroom Linens
  • Clothing & Shoes
  • Toiletries & Shower Caddy
  • Umbrella/Poncho
  • Bathrobe
  • Television/VCR/DVD player
  • Shower shoes
  • Mini-refrigerator

Can I receive mail?
Mail services are not available.

Parking: In an effort to decrease the carbon footprint on campus, alternatives to parking, such as use of public transportation, are strongly encouraged. However, if you require parking on campus this summer, please keep the following in mind:

Metered parking is available at the School of International Service (SIS) and at the Katzen Arts Center. The day rate is $16.00. Pay-As-You-Go machines accept cash and major credit cards and are located in the elevator lobbies of SIS and Katzen.

Monthly parking permits need to be purchased in advance from Parking and Traffic Services. Any special requests or handicap parking permits must be accompanied by a doctor’s notice to Public Safety upon arrival to campus. All final requests for parking permits are due no less than two weeks prior to the start date of your conference program.

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.

What can I not bring?
Your safety is important. Due to the hazards associated with their use, the following appliances may not be present in residence hall rooms:

  • Personal air conditioners
  • Hoverboards
  • Grills (including George Foreman grills)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Immersion coals
  • Oil, kerosene, and gas lamps
  • Open-coiled appliances
  • Steam vaporizers
  • Waterbeds
  • Microwaves
  • Any appliance attached to multiple extension cords? These appliances may only be used in designated cooking areas or kitchens.
  • Coffee makers
  • Electrical appliances with heating elements
  • Hot pots
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Rice cookers
  • Toasters/Toaster ovens

What if I have additional questions and I cannot find the answers online?: For any additional questions, please call (202) 885-3370 or email conferences@american.edu

Directions: You can take a taxi, or a cheaper alternative is the Super Shuttle shared van service. 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
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Please arrive at the front desk with an ID to check in.