American University - Washington, D.C. Conference And Event Space | Unique Venues
American University

American University

Event Types Welcomed

  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • 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 more about the attributes that make American University the perfect Washington, D.C. event venue for your needs!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 400 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 160
  • Largest Theatre Style: 380
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 388
  • Largest Seated Reception: 160
Lecture Halls
Between May and August, we offer several lecture halls on campus that can accommodate between 65-388 people. 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.
East Campus Commons
Tour This Event Space: 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 Sq. Ft.
  • 160 Banquet Style
  • 112 Classroom Style
  • 300 Theatre Style
Congressional Hall
Tour This Event Space: 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 Sq. Ft.
Residential Meeting Space
We have a variety of meeting spaces available in our residence halls. Residence hall meeting spaces accommodate between 10-200 people and typically feature installed PA system, projector, and screen. Our residential meeting spaces offer a variety of setups, from classroom style to reception style.
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.  
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.
  • 10-110 Classroom Style
Dunbar Hall
Tour This Event Space:

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.
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)

UPS Store (postal services)

Catering options

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 to place your order today!


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 4000
Traditional Style
Traditional style double occupancy bedroom with communal bathroom. 
Suite Style
Suite style options feature either a private or semi-private bathroom. 
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. 

Featured Amenities

  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Handicap Accessible
  • In-House Catering
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


University Conference & Guest Services,
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, District of Columbia 20016


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • MetroMetro
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

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

Nearby International Airport

  • Reagan National Airport - 40 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

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

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


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

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes


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


Gym Access
Complimentary gym access for all overnight guests.
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 each campus neighborhood.
 Access to the campus wifi network is included in all room rentals or overnight room reservations.