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A Parent’s Survival Guide to Life on Campus

Chris Moody, Assistant Vice President Housing and Dining Programs

The Truths about Student Rooms

 All rooms are ~ 12’ x 15‘ and smoke free  All rooms include a bed, desk, bookshelf and chair for each resident

 Most rooms include two wardrobes and two lockable overhead storage areas

 All rooms include television cable, wired and wireless internet access.

The Truths about Roommates

Then why does AU use the online roommate matching system, “Residence”?

 Room changes are not permitted for the first two weeks of classes

 All new students will be required to complete a Roommate Agreement

The Truths about Temporary Triples Why Triples? Demand for university housing has increased dramatically over the past five years. AU’s campus housing return rate has risen by more than 8% in the last three years on top of an additional increase in the overall University retention rate.

The Truths about Temporary Triples Who is in Triples? Temporary triples are formed based on the date of paid deposit. There is no magic date when temporary tripling began. Individual programs and preferences matter.

The Truths about Temporary Triples How? Temporary triple rooms have: three beds (two are bunked; one is lofted) three desks three chairs additional dresser access to three wired internet connections.

The Truths about Temporary Triples When? Room assignments will continue to change between today and August move-in. We will begin de-tripling as quickly as we can. Most temporary triples are de-tripled at the end of the 1st semester. After fall, students will only be assigned to triple rooms by choice.

Packing for the “Trip�

Twin bed sheets and linens! Bed and bath linens Desk lamp Some posters and pictures Alarm clock Computer with ethernet or wireless and cables Clothes hangers and a laundry bag Iron (for use in laundry room only) Trash can

Packing for the “Trip”

Communicate with roommates about SHARING... Televisions Stereos Refrigerators or Micro-Fridges Dresser use and storage ideas Wall space for personal items Lofts (if not in a triple room)

Be GREEN = LESS stuff!

What NOT to Pack... Candles or Incense Halogens Microwaves Room Phones Guns, knives, fireworks... Pets Alcohol and illegal drugs

Special Programs & Features For A Great Experience...

Living Learning Communities

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Special Programs & Features For A Great Experience...

Faculty in Residence

Prof. Wendell Cochran Anderson Hall

Dr. Joe Campbell McDowell Hall

Special Programs & Features For A Great Experience...

USA Today Readership Program

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Fitness Centers

Special Programs & Features For A Great Experience...

Computer Clusters

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The Perch & The Hatch (new!)

Special Programs & Features For your Convenience...

Micro-Fridge

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Bed Loft Students in Temporary Triples should not rent a loft for the fall!

Special Programs & Features For your Convenience...

CSI Personal Property Insurance

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Student Advantage Membership

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E-Suds Laundry

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UPS Summer Storage Program

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Treats from Home

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In-Room Book Delivery

Dining Services We believe in... Using fresh food prepared in a healthy way Purchasing locally grown produce Providing excellent food and service with a commitment to the highest quality Bon Appetit is American University’s food service provider.

Dining Services...

Farm to Fork

Personal Dietary Needs “Ask Terri� Favorites From Home Special Theme Dinners

Understanding Meal Plans Three components to each plan: 1) Meal Swipes 2) Dining Dollars 3) EagleBucks

Meal Blocks... Use it or lose it each semester ! Dining Dollars... Use by the end of the academic year (spring)! EagleBucks... Carry with you until you leave AU !

Choosing a Meal Plan...

150 175 200 Block Block Block 9-11 meals/week

10-12 meals/week

12-14 meals/week

$200 in Dining Dollars $200 in Dining Dollars $200 in Dining Dollars $200 in EagleBucks $200 in EagleBucks $200 in EagleBucks

SUPER PLAN unlimited meal swipes $200 in Dining Dollars $200 in EagleBucks

Resident students MUST have a meal plan for the first two years: 1st year students can choose from these plans. 2nd year students can choose from any of the meal plans.

What are Dining Dollars and EagleBucks? Stored Value Account Similar to a debit card but with controlled locations and amounts

Dining Dollars - On Campus Students will receive 10-15% discounts at select on-campus food locations

EagleBucks - On Campus Can be used anywhere Dining Dollars, Cash and Credit can be used Also can be used for vending machines, laundry machines, Campus Store, etc.

EagleBucks - Off Campus Over 25 vendors in the local AU community including: Pizza, delivery, hair & nail services, Whole Foods, CVS pharmacy, Vamoose bus

www.eaglebucks.com Add funds in real time, add funds as a guest, check recent transactions, or request a monthly email statement!

July

August

6

14

Select Meal Plan

Packages Can Begin Arriving

August

August

T-?

18

19

Halls Open at 9:00am

Meal Plans Start at Dinner

August

September

to AU !

27

10

First Day of Class

Meal Plan Change

Countdown

Important Dates and Deadlines

Residence Hall Move-In Schedule

Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 only

9am - 11am Anderson - 5th and 6th floors Hughes - 6th and 7th floors Letts - 5th and 6th floors Roper Hall (all floors)

11am - 1pm Anderson - 4th floor Hughes - 4th and 5th floors Letts - 3rd and 4th floors

Residence Hall Move-In Schedule

Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 only

1pm - 3pm Anderson - 3rd floor Clark Hall (all floors) Hughes - 2nd and 3rd floors Letts - Terrace and 2nd floors

3pm - 5pm Anderson - All floors Hughes - All floors Letts - 1st floor

A Parent’s “Behind the Scenes” Checklist Between Orientation and August Move-In Make sure your email is registered with the Dean of Student’s Office Check to see if your student submitted a photo for the AU student ID Has your student checked my.american.edu for their room assignment? Coach your student’s communications with their roommate(s) Encourage student to keep an open mind for living with roommates Order any vendor services needed: Micro-Fridge Campus Loft Student Advantage Discount Program Membership Personal Property Insurance Work with your student to select a meal plan by July 6th Add EagleBucks and Dining Dollars beginning on August 1st at www.eaglebucks.com Plan your student’s check-in date and time (on/after August 18th at 9am) Mail packages to your student’s residence hall and room address (must arrive after August 14th) During August Move-In •Unload at the residence hall curb, then move to the Nebraska Avenue Parking Lot •Bring hand carts, bottled water and a great attitude :-) •Meet your student’s Resident Director and Resident Assistant •Get the phone number for your student’s residence hall front desk •Add EagleBucks and Dining Dollars at our office with cash, check or credit card...we’ll be open: •Monday to Thursday 9am - 7pm •Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm •Encourage your student to attend the mandatory RA floor meeting and Welcome Week activities

A Parent’s “Behind the Scenes” Checklist During the Fall Semester Send lots of mail - getting mail from home is something that means a lot! Inquire about how Welcome Week activities are going Encourage your student to attend the “Involvement Fair” to join a club Ask your student if they need to change their meal plan by September 10th Consider attending Family Weekend (mid-October) Check in with your student about how he/she is doing on EagleBucks and Dining Dollars Make plans for transportation away from campus over Winter Break (Halls will close at 12 noon on December 19th) If your student is in a temporary triple, be patient. This will take time... Once de-tripled, order any vendor services needed for the new room Select a new meal plan for the Spring 2013 semester

Begin Planning for the Spring Semester (classes will begin on January 11th) •When does your student need to return to campus? Residence halls will open on January 6th at 3pm •Ask your student if they need to change their meal plan by January 28th •Add EagleBucks with your credit card at www.eaglebucks.com for the new semester •Ask your student about housing for 2013-2014 school year (process begins January 7th) •Plan for spring move-out of the residence halls (exams end May 7th; Halls close on May 8th)

Closing & Questions Housing & Dining Programs First Floor, Anderson Hall 202-885-3370 housing@american.edu www.american.edu/housing


A Parent's Survival Guide to Life on Campus