Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is required to live on campus?
A: As a residential college, Augustana affirms the value of living in community together and therefore requires students to live in on-campus housing. The university has a two-year residency requirement for students who enroll at the university for the first time beginning in 2014 or later.
Q: What percentage of students lives on campus?
A: Over 2/3 of our full-time students choose to live on campus.
Q: When will I find out my room and roommate assignment?
A: Letters of assignments for freshmen will be sent with roommate’s name, address, and phone number on July 1.
Q: How is my roommate assigned?
A: Every housing application is carefully examined and efforts to assign your roommate are based on several criteria. Students who do NOT designate a mutual request for each other on the housing contract will be assigned roommates on the basis of the Housing Office's best judgment, using all information listed. Race, creed, or national origin will not be considered as a determinant in assigning roommates.
Q: May I reserve a single room?
A: All single rooms for returning students are awarded on first-come, first-served basis during Room Selection Day each spring. A limited number of single rooms are approved for first and second-year students who have unique needs and documented medical conditions.
Q: Are your residence halls co-ed?
A: Augustana's six residence halls are all co-ed by floor. Our Healthy Living Community, located on the third floor of Granskou Hall, is co-ed by room.
Q: Can my friends of opposite gender visit me in my room?
A: You may have visitors of the opposite gender in your residence hall room from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Q: May my friends stay overnight?
A: Overnight guests of the same gender are permitted in your room for up to two consecutive nights.
Q: Are pets permitted in the residence halls?
A: Yes, but only if your pet happens to be a fish. No other pets are allowed in the residence halls.
Q: What kind of stuff should I bring with me?
A: There are a variety of things you might want to bring with you when you move in to the residence hall. Rooms are furnished with drapes, two single beds, closets, dressers, chairs, and desks. Visit our "What to Bring" page for a detailed list.
Q: Am I allowed to decorate my room?
A: It is important that your room be the kind of space in which you and your roommate feel comfortable. The way in which you decorate it should reflect your personalities and living needs. There are, however, a few guidelines that you will want to keep in mind as you begin to decorate your room. Items that cannot be removed without damaging the walls, shelves, or furniture should not be used. No structural or electrical alterations (including installation of ceiling fans) may be made. You should remember that any damages to your room will result in a charge and possible disciplinary action to you and your roommate.
Q: Are refrigerators permitted in the residence halls?
A: Your residence hall room comes equipped with a microfridge unit (fridge, freezer, microwave) at no additional cost. All apartments and theme houses have a full size fridge/ freezer in the kitchen. If you want a small fridge for personal use, they must be less than 4.0 cubic feet.
Q: Am I allowed to have a microwave in my room?
A: The microfridge unit in your residence hall room includes a microwave. There are also microwaves in the kitchens of each building. Students in theme houses and apartments should bring their own microwave at 1000 watts or less.
Q: Can I cook in the residence halls?
A: Students are welcome to cook in the designated kitchens in each residence hall. Cooking in other areas of the hall is not permitted due to fire safety and sanitation concerns.
Q: Will I have access to cable television?
A: Yes, cable television is available in every residence hall room if you choose to subscribe to cable service through your portal. Students in theme houses and apartments may contact Midcontinent Communications directly to set up cable TV.
Q: Are lofts permitted in residence hall rooms?
A: Lofts may be rented through College Products for Bergsaker, Solberg, East and Tuve Halls. More information is available on your portal. Stavig and Granskou Halls have modular furniture, meaning you can use the individual pieces in your room to create a multitude of loft configurations. Your Viking Advisor and Hall Director can offer guidance on the variety of lofting options in these halls.
Q: If I bring some of my own furniture, will Augustana remove and store their furniture?
A: No, you are required to retain all Campus Life provided furnishings in your room.
Q: Are residence halls open during holiday breaks?
A: Residence halls remain open during all holiday periods except for Christmas Break and Spring Break. You will be charged $5 per night if you need to stay during these vacation periods.
Q: Is alcohol permitted in Residence Halls?
A: The possession and use of alcoholic beverages in university-owned housing is prohibited, except in designated theme houses and apartments when students are 21 years of age or older. A detailed description of this alcohol policy is found in the Student Handbook under Alcoholic Beverages.
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