Beginning Fall 2013, Wesley Seminary will offer housing to American University students in Straughn Residence Hall. Limited housing will be available for Fall and Spring semesters only to graduate or undergraduate students age 21 or older. Housing is only available for students without campus housing options at American University (graduate students, international students in short programs, etc). Conveniently located right next door to American University on Massachusetts Avenue, students will have access to AU campus resources, proximity to public transportation, and the flexibility to participate in AU's dining and parking plans. Please explore our information below to determine if housing at Wesley is right for you.
Any American University student age 21 or older by August 22, 2015 may be eligible for housing at Wesley Seminary. Students must be enrolled in 6 credits or more and complete the housing application (including background check).
Straughn Dormitory is conveniently located right next door to American University on Massachussetts Ave, NW. A graduate theological school of the United Methodist Church, Wesley Seminary came to Washington, DC from Westminster, MD in 1958. Our land was purchased from American University, a school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Our shared history explains our ongoing collegiality and occassional partnership.
AU students moving to Straughn Dormitory are required to pay a $350 deposit prior to move-in day. A portion of this deposit ($325) is refundable, assuming all conditions are met when students vacate and keys are returned. The rest of this deposit ($25) is non-refundable and covers a routine background check required of all applicants.
Rental charges can be paid in installments or once, prior to the start of each semester. Please note that students who elect to pay in installments are subject to a payment plan fee ($35) each semester.
Students who pre-pay the semester receive a $200 discount per semester towards rental charges. This reduces the lump-sum cost to $2960 per semester for students assigned to a double occpancy and $3693 for students assigned to a single occupancy.
Students may elect to participate in Wesley's meal plan ($1,060 per semester) or purchase a parking permit from American University to park in the Katzen Parking Garage. Students are welcome to eat in the Wesley Refectory if they wish, and may purchase meal tickets to do so in lieu of a meal plan, but parking for AU students is not available in Wesley's parking lot.
One of the greatest benefits of living on our campus is the security of knowing that maintenance-related expenses and tasks are taken care of for you. In Straughn Dormitory, even light bulbs and toilet paper are provided by our Facilities Department! Maintenance-related help is only an email away.
In addition, wireless internet and all utilities are provided. Air conditioning units and ceiling fans are provided in each room for use during summer months. Heating for the building is centrally controlled. Each student will be provided with a password to access wireless internet. Satellite TV is provided in Welliver Lounge.
Housekeeping Staff clean common areas including bathrooms daily, but do not clean up directly after students (dishes, removing trash from student rooms, etc). Dumpsters are located in the Wesley parking lot for students to dispose of trash and recycling. Resident Managers will be assigned to live in the building, and all RMs will rotate after-hours duty in case of emergency.
All rooms in Straughn Dormitory are furnished with the following pieces. Unless denoted, each listed piece can be repositioned in the room according to resident preference:
two twin-sized beds on metal frames
two student desks and chairs
two wall-mounted bookshelves (cannot be repositioned)
two fixed wardrobes (cannot be repositioned)
two fixed dressers (cannot be repositioned)
one night table
portable air conditioning unit
Students moving to campus are advised that the following items are recommended/acceptable to bring:
bed linen, including twin-sized sheets, blankets and pillows
area rugs (room measures approximately 11'x15')
towels and any personal toiletries (toilet paper is provided)
bed risers to raise bed height and utilize underbed area for additional storage
personal fan (please note that space heaters are prohibited)
Students moving to campus are advised that the following items are prohibited in your dormitory room:
Straughn Dormitory rooms are approximately 175sf, although rooms may differ slightly by dimension. Below is a common floor plan for a Straughn dormitory room. Please note that bookshelves are not depicted, but are wall-mounted over each desk.
AU students who live in Straughn Dormitory will be welcomed into the Wesley Community. These students will have access to study in our library, eat in our Refectory and participate in the life of our community. Students will be welcomed at our regular Saturday Supper (each Saturday during the Fall and Spring semesters, churches volunteer to provide our students with a meal), our community worship and whatever other events occur.
In the building, students will have access to Welliver Lounge, the computer lab, the Prayer Room, exercise area, study room, and community kitchens. They will be required to attend regular dorm meetings.
Because it is our hope that AU students will not merely be tenants but will be members of our community, students must agree to sign our Covenant of Professional Ethics and Behavior, which governs student behavior and interactions on campus. Violations will be treated in the same manner as violations of Wesley students: consultation with the Associate Dean of Community Life. Additional measures, including reporting to American University's Dean and potentially expulsion from Wesley Campus Housing will be taken if necessary.
The Housing Application for American University students involves the following process:
If you meet the eligibility requirements and think that housing in Straughn Dormitory is right for you, apply now!
Spring 2015 semester residents should notify the Housing Office of their future term housing plans by completing the AU Housing Renewal Form by April 15. Questions regarding the online form can be addressed to the Director of Housing at 202-885-8612.
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