Total undergraduate costs for nine-month academic year, 2016–2017 are about $63,000 for a non-resident living on-campus. This sum includes tuition and fees - about $45,000 per year, books and supplies - $1,500, room – from $8,500 to from $19,000, dining - $4,000, personal and transportation costs - $2,000, health insurance - $2,000.
The university located in a suburban pocket of northwest Washington is close to a stop on the D.C. area Metrorail transit system. Rides to downtown take about 15 minutes.
American University has two non-contiguous campuses used for academics and student housing with the main campus on Massachusetts Avenue and the Tenley Campus on Nebraska Avenue. An additional facility houses the Washington College of Law located half a mile northwest of the main campus on Massachusetts Avenue. Additionally, AU owns several other buildings in the Tenleytown and Spring Valley and American University Park areas.