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American University

University Conference & Guest Services
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, District of Columbia 20016

500Largest Group
60+Meeting Rooms
1000Overnight Guests
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  • The newly opened East Campus Commons features event space, classrooms, and housing, all surrounding the largest new conference space at Constitution Hall.The newly opened East Campus Commons features event space, classrooms, and housing, all surrounding the largest new conference space at Constitution Hall.
        
  • Any rental of Constitution Hall incorporates an advanced AV suite, including the use of projectors, screens, and microphones.Any rental of Constitution Hall incorporates an advanced AV suite, including the use of projectors, screens, and microphones.
        
  • Constitution Hall offers flexible room arrangements for large groups, breakouts, and social functions.Constitution Hall offers flexible room arrangements for large groups, breakouts, and social functions.
        
  • Our small conference rooms are perfect for retreats, board meetings, and more.Our small conference rooms are perfect for retreats, board meetings, and more.
        
  • A peanut-free cafeteria includes options for kosher, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and Halal diets.A peanut-free cafeteria includes options for kosher, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and Halal diets.
        
  • Event space across campus accommodates anything from small meetings to special events and large conferences.Event space across campus accommodates anything from small meetings to special events and large conferences.
        
  • Make your event sustainable by meeting at the nation's first carbon neutral campus.Make your event sustainable by meeting at the nation's first carbon neutral campus.
        
  • Constitution Hall offers flexible room arrangements for large groups, breakouts, and social functions.Constitution Hall offers flexible room arrangements for large groups, breakouts, and social functions.
        
  • Nestled in Northwest DC, our national arboretum campus is the perfect urban retreat for your next conference or event.Nestled in Northwest DC, our national arboretum campus is the perfect urban retreat for your next conference or event.
        
  • A variety of classroom space becomes available May through August.A variety of classroom space becomes available May through August.
        
  • Dazzle guests with catering and decor options through on-campus vendor, Avenues Catering.Dazzle guests with catering and decor options through on-campus vendor, Avenues Catering.
        

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  • Avenues Catering brings diverse dining options for your individual event needs.Avenues Catering brings diverse dining options for your individual event needs.
        
  • The comforts of home available during your overnight stay include free WiFi and complimentary linens,The comforts of home available during your overnight stay include free WiFi and complimentary linens,
        
  • 5 projectors & screens, microphones, and podium are included in rental fees for Constitution Hall.5 projectors & screens, microphones, and podium are included in rental fees for Constitution Hall.
        
  • Constitution Hall - AU's large conference space - holds up to 300 people in theater-style or 160 in seated banquet.Constitution Hall - AU's large conference space - holds up to 300 people in theater-style or 160 in seated banquet.
        
  • Guests enjoy healthy, delicious dining across campus and with neighborhood vendors.Guests enjoy healthy, delicious dining across campus and with neighborhood vendors.
        
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  • Overview
  • Event Spaces
  • Accommodations
  • Catering
  • Dining
  • Services
  • Area Attractions
  • Testimonials
American University, a national campus arboretum, is conveniently located on Massachusetts Ave. in an urban residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C., less than five miles from the White House. American University conference guests can take the Metro or walk within a few miles to some of DC's most historic sites, along with experiencing art, history, culture, shopping, entertainment, and great food!  View the details below to learn more about the attributes that make American University the perfect Washington, D.C. event venue for your needs!

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Alexandria, VA (7 miles)
Baltimore, MD (40 miles)
Annapolis, MD (40 miles)
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Reagan National (8 miles)| Dulles (22 miles)| BWI (39 miles)
Public Transportation Options:
Taxi
Bus
Metro
Train
Lyft
Uber
Metro/Public Transportation Proximity:
Within walking distance
Parking Onsite:
Yes
Parking:
Fee
Availability:
American University’s Washington, D.C. conference meeting space and dining are available year-round. On-campus overnight accommodations are available May-August.
Room Type(s):
Apartment Style, Suite Style, and Traditional Style
Bath Type(s):
Private, Semi-Private, and Traditional Style
ADA Accessible:
Yes
Largest Group:
500
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
60+
Largest Classroom Style:
300
Largest Theatre Style:
380
Number of Overnight Guests:
1000
Technology:
Free WiFi Onsite AV technicians Most meeting spaces are "smart classrooms"
Onsite Wireless Internet:
Free
Wi-Fi In Meeting Space:
Yes
Wi-Fi In Meeting Space Cost:
Free
Wi-Fi In Guest Rooms:
Yes
Wi-Fi In Guest Rooms Cost:
Free
Onsite A/V Staff:
Yes
Food & Beverage:
Onsite caterer, Retail and Residential food and Beverage venues. Alcohol is allowed in venue space, but not in residence hall space.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Yes
Cultural Catering Available:
Yes
Special Rates and Packages:
Intern housing - 6-week minimum beginning Mid May to Early August. Various packages available, please email conferences@american.edu or call 202-885-8247 for more information. Campus shuttle available every day with access to the Metro which can take you to and from the Airport, Amtrak, or any major location in the metropolitan Washington DC area.
Rental Policies:
Please speak with the Assistant Director for Conference Sales and Marketing for more specific information.
Phone:
202-885-8247
Overnight Accommodations Available:
May
June
July
August
Ideally Suited For:
Corporate Social Events
Expo/Competitions
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Youth Retreat/Camp




Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
East Campus Commons Located in the new Constitution Hall, East Campus Commons offers meeting space to accommodate up to 300 people. Constitution Hall provides one main meeting room that has a capacity of 300 theater style, which can also be broken down into three separate meeting space rooms. The space directly outside of the main meeting room is great for catering to set up or for a reception! 

3000
Congressional Hall Congressional Hall is located on our beautiful new East Campus. Congressional offers two meeting rooms that accommodate 18-20 people and come with a fixed board room table. A third meeting room is available has a capacity of 10-20 people and offers flexible furniture that can hold up to 20 people theater.

500
Lecture Halls We offer several lecture halls on campus that can accommodate between 65- 388 people. Our Lecture Halls are located in the School of Public Affairs and the Kogod School of Business.  Additionally, there are a variety of classrooms available for breakout meeting space.

Residential Meeting Space We have a variety of meeting spaces available in our residence halls. The capacity of these spaces range from 10-200 and most meeting rooms come with an installed PA system, projector, and screen. In addition, our residential meeting spaces offer a variety of setup options ranging from classroom style to reception style.

Classroom Space We offer a variety of classrooms that are available on campus, throughout all of our individual colleges. These are the perfect locations for breakout meeting spaces or the ideal location to host a session for your conference while on American University's campus.

Additional Meeting Space While American University offers a variety of lecture halls and classrooms, there are also several other ideal spaces for your group. The Kay Spiritual Chapel, which has a capacity of 250 people, is a beautiful larger meeting space. Bender Arena, our main athletic facility, is also available for rental for conference groups. If you are looking for outdoor meeting space, we also have our Amphitheater and the Friedheim Quad. Lastly, we offer many smaller conference rooms throughout the campus that can be utilized for smaller meetings and breakout space.  

Accommodations

Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Traditional Style Residence Halls Communal yes
Suite Style Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes
Apartment Style Suite/Apartment Style Private yes

Catering

  • Avenues Catering
    American University offers catering services provided by Avenues Catering. Our experienced, professional staff are ready to assist with all of your catering needs and are committed to providing the entire university and its surrounding community with a full range of options that exceed the highest expectations. Avenues Catering offer choices to fit every imaginable occasion - from coffee breaks, meetings, and luncheons, to graduation parties, wedding receptions, and black-tie gala events. Creative menu options, artful presentation, and outstanding service standards make them one of the best catering options in town. We invite you to contact Avenues Catering to assist you in planning your next event.

    Visit the Avenues Catering website at american.catertrax.com to place your order today!

Dining

  • Terrace Dining Room
    AU has one dining hall on main campus, called Terrace Dining Room (TDR), in the Mary Graydon Center. TDR is a newly renovated, peanut free,  all-you-care-to-eat facility with one flat rate for each meal. 

    TDR offers a wide variety of hot and cold entrées, including homestyle and international dishes. Dietary Restrictions? AU Dining will work with you directly to make sure you are familiar with the foods you are able to eat.  AU has consistently been named one of the most vegetarian-friendly campuses in the country.
  • On Campus Retail
    We have numerous retail options on campus ranging from coffee shops to Subway. Each location is ready to meet your needs, accepting cash, credit card, check, or EagleBucks.

    Starbucks (coffee shop)

    Davenport Lounge (coffee shop)

    P.O.D. (convenience store)

    Subway (sandwiches and salads)

    MegaBytes Café (sandwiches and coffee)

    UPS Store (postal services)

Services

ServiceDescription
Gym Access Complimentary gym access for all guests.

Linens Full set of linens for each bed

Shuttle Service Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Tenleytown-AU Metro for all guests.

Front Desk 24-hour front desk coverage in all residence halls.

Wifi  Access to the campus wifi network is included in all room rentals or overnight room reservations.

Area Attractions

AttractionDescription
Dupont Circle Dupont Circle is a trendy historic neighborhood located in the District of Columbia. This area offers a variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, nightlife, and more.

National Mall The National Mall is a national park located in downtown D.C. The Mall is home to many national monuments and memorials.

The White House The official residence of the President of the United States. Located on Pennsylvania Ave, NW it is a main attraction here in the District.

The United States Capital Home of the United States Congress, The United States Capital is located on the eastern end of the National Mall. The United States Capital is a tourist attraction here in the District and a must see on your visit to the District of Colombia.

Smithsonian Institution Museums Many Smithsonian Institution Museums are located right in the District of Columbia. While on your visit, stop by the African American History and Culture Museum, Air and Space Museum, American Art Museum, National History Museum, Postal Museum, and many more.

Embassy Row Embassy Row is a historic section on Massachusetts Ave. NW that houses dozens of embassies representing countries from around the world.

National Zoological Park One of the world's best zoos and a top attraction in DC. 

Georgetown Georgetown is a historic neighborhood located in northwest DC along the Potomac River. Georgetown offers many upscale shops, restaurants, and bars. 

Eastern Market Eastern Market is located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. This is the perfect outing to get local farm-fresh produce, handmade arts, and crafts. The market is a great cultural destination for visitors from around the world.

Testimonials

  • American University hosted the first ever It's On Us Regional Advisor Summit. We had the pleasure of working with Mackenzie Sammis throughout the planning process of the Summit. From our very first encounter, Mackenzie was eager to go above and beyond to make our Summit everything that we dreamed of. We felt safe knowing that our small but mighty group was all able to be accommodated on the same floor of a dorm. The dorms were clean, spacious, bright, and comfortable. AU Conference & Guest Services staff on site was attentive and supportive throughout the weekend, allowing us to use a cart to transport equipment in between buildings, helping students who were locked out of the room, and allowing us to make use of an auditorium instead of a classroom for the screening of a documentary. All in all, we loved working with American University throughout this process and would certainly consider using them again for our future needs.                
    - It's On Us

  • We have been staying at American University for our school trip for the past ten years. Working with AU is always such a breeze! The staff is organized and diligent. Everyone is so kind and helpful to our children and they make us feel right at home! We have had numerous occasions where we have needed unexpected assistance and we can always count on the folks at AU to help us out such as coordinating an unexpected movie night or rearranging rooming assignments. Planning a middle school trip to Washington D.C. from out of state is a huge endeavor and it is such a relief to be able to count on the staff from AU conference and guest services to be on top of everything. Thanks so much for always providing a home away from home for our middle school students!                           
    - The School at Columbia

  • Our organization greatly appreciated the conference operations coordinator's willingness to provide several options and detailed information, giving her time to meet with us frequently and answer our many questions, help us through a variety of issues with other AU departments, and understand our budget constraints. The service she provided made the whole complicated process much easier. She always kept a positive attitude and was willing to find solutions, plus during the conference, her actual presence and hands-on attitude at all times ensured that everything went smoothly. 
    - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

  • We have worked with American University's Conference & Guest Services team for three years in a row for one of our non-profit's biggest annual events. Each year, we enjoy working with them and even the undergrad team members are impressively kind and helpful. Thank you, American University Conference & Guest Services!       
    - Network for Victim Recovery of DC

  • We have used the housing and dining facilities at American University for the Shenandoah University Youth Theology Institute for the last two years. Mackenzie Sammis has been our primary contact at AU. She is attentive, accessible, and thorough. It is a joy to work with her. She has been able to meet our shifting program needs in a way that exceeds our expectation each year. As the director of a traveling program, the support offered by American University to adapt our meal plan or housing needs have been invaluable to the success of our program. The food service offered at TDR provided for a variety of dietary needs and preferences; our students, staff, and faculty were full and happy after each meal. We have been pleased with both the housing and food service offered through AU, and would highly recommend other groups like ours to use American University as the home for their summer program while in Washington D.C.  
    - Shenandoah University

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