Event Types Welcomed

Corporate Social Events
Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
Youth Retreat/Camps


American University, a national campus arboretum, is conveniently located in an urban residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C., less than five miles from the White House. 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!

Whether you are hosting a business meeting, conference or social event, American University has the experience and expertise to ensure your Washington, D.C. event will be one to remember!

View the details below to learn why American University’s event space offer the perfect Washington, D.C. venue for your needs!

Food & Beverage Options

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.
Seating Capacity: 550

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)

Eagles Nest (convenience store)

Subway (sandwiches and salads)

UPS Store (postal services)

Catering Options

Chartwells Catering

Campus spaces are exclusively catered by Chartwells, our on-campus food service provider. Custom menus, including beer/wine bars and bar service are available through Chartwells, directly, and can accommodate any nutritional needs including gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and halal diets. You can view basic menu options on Chartwells’ website at https://americandining.catertrax.com/.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 4000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 2500
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi

Traditional Style

Traditional style double occupancy bedroom with communal bathroom. 
2,800 Rooms | 1,500 Beds

This accommodation has A/C

Suite Style

Suite style options feature either a private or semi-private bathroom. 
2,100 Beds
Guest Wifi: Yes

This accommodation has A/C

Floorplan Layout

Apartment Style

We offer 2-4 bedroom apartments for our summer intern program only. In the apartments each guest has a private bedroom with a full size bed. The apartments come with full kitchens, bathrooms, and a living area. 
400 Beds
Guest Wifi: Yes

This accommodation has A/C

Featured Amenities

Accessible Facilities
Air Conditioning
Fitness Center
In-House Catering
Near Public Transit
Outdoor Space
Overnight Rooms
Paid Parking
Running Trails
Sports Facilities
Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


University Conference & Guest Services,

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW,

Washington Washington, 20016



Nearby Airport

Reagan National (8 miles)| Dulles (22 miles)| BWI (39 miles) - 30 minutes

Nearby International Airport

Reagan National Airport - 45 minutes


Parking on Site: Yes

Car charging stations: No

Nearby Cities

Alexandria, VA (7 miles) | Baltimore, MD (40 miles) | Annapolis, MD (40 miles)

Things to Know


In-house catering available

Must Use In-House Catering: Yes

External Catering Allowed: Yes

Can Bring In Own Food: No

Cultural Catering Available: Yes

Food And Beverage Onsite: Yes

Do You Offer Tables, Chairs, And Linens?: Yes

Venue Policies

Alcohol Consumption: Yes

Smoking Permitted: No

Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No

Cannabis Consumption: No

Eco Friendly: Yes

ADA Accessible: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Pet Friendly: No


Free WiFi
Onsite AV technicians
Most meeting spaces are “smart classrooms”

In Residence Hall Room Cable

Guest Wi-Fi: Free

Onsite Tech Support: Yes

Wi-Fi In Meeting Space: Yes

Equipment Available On-Site:
  • LCD Projectors
  • Projector Screen
  • Microphones
  • Sound System


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