AUB is an urban university located in the heart of Beirut along the Mediterranean Sea (What is AUB's campus like?​). It was the first and is still one of the very few residential universities in the Middle East and offers students a rich extracurricular and community life, which is an integral part of a well-rounded liberal arts education.   

AUB students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as the arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, theater, music), the student newspaper, the AUB Choir, athletics, student government, student clubs—and much more. Although activities take place throughout the 64-acre campus, the focus of student activity at AUB is West Hall area and the Charles W. Hostler Student Center.

The Office of Student Affairs, which has primary responsibility for student life on campus, oversees student activities (clubs, societies, special events, and publications), athletics and sports, the Counseling Center, Career and Placement Services, the Work-Study Program, and AUB’s seven student dormitories.​