Returning Student Room Selection

April 9, 2020 Update: Check your Augustana email for instructions about online room selection.

Important Dates

December 2, 2019

  • Same Room Selection applications available (deadline is February 17 at 5 pm)
  • Theme house applications available (deadline is March 2 at 5 pm)
  • Apartment lottery applications available (deadline is March 2 at 5 pm)

February 17, 2020 - Same Room Selection applications due by 5 pm

March 2, 2020 - Theme house and apartment lottery applications due by 5 pm

March 5, 2020 - Deadline for theme houses and apartments to submit alternate roommate(s), if applicable

March 6, 2020 - Apartment and theme house notifications sent out via Augie email

March 19, 2020 - Proxy forms due at 5 pm for Room Selection Day

March 22, 2020 - Room Selection Day for residence halls. Please arrive at your designated appointment time. Times will be emailed to every student in early March.

Room Selection Processes

Same Room Selection (previously called Homesteading): Open to all current residents who live in apartments and select residence halls.

Theme House Selection: Current theme house residents, as well as current second-year students and above who wish to participate in the theme house program, must submit an application to be considered for a theme house.

Apartment Selection: Current second-year students and above may participate in the apartment selection lottery.

Residence Hall Room Selection: All current students are able to participate in this process.

Other Information

Roommate Social

Living Off Campus


Same Room Selection

Same Room Selection Application - Deadline to submit is Monday, February 17 at 5 pm

Students who currently live in the following communities and will be returning as a student in 2020-2021 are eligible to participate in Same Room Selection:

  • Balcer, Costello, Nelsen, Norse Inn, Schoeneman, and Svendsbye Apartments
  • East, Granskou, Stavig, and Tuve Halls

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Monday, February 17. This is a hard deadline. Any Same Room Selection applications that are submitted after this time will not be approved. You will be notified of your status on or before February 21, 2020. 

Residence Hall Guidelines

  • Rooms designated as doubles are not available for Same Room Selection as a single room; this applies even if you bought out a double room as a single room in 2019-2020. Students who participate in Same Room Selection must identify a roommate or have one assigned to them.
  • If both you and your current roommate plan to return to the same room, only one of you needs to complete the application.
  • Current Viking Advisors are not eligible for Same Room Selection.

Apartment Guidelines

  • A majority of current residents in your apartment must be returning in order to be eligible for Same Room Selection. If you are in a 4-person apartment, 3 people need to return. In a 3-person apartment, 2 people need to return, and in a 2-person apartment, 1 person needs to return. 
  • You must list all replacement roommates, if applicable, in your application. Your apartment must be full in order to be approved for Same Room Selection. If you cannot find a roommate to fill an empty space in your apartment, your application will not be approved. This applies even if your apartment was not full in 2019-2020. 
  • If one of your roommates is selected as a Viking Advisor (VA) for the 2020-2021 academic year, you have until Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5 pm to identify a replacement roommate. Candidates in the Campus Life student leader selection process (this includes VA candidates) will be notified of their status on Friday, February 28, 2020. There is space on the application for an alternate roommate, and you are encouraged to inclue an alternate roommate name if one of your roommates is applying to be a VA.
  • Only one person from each apartment needs to complete this application. 

Important Information Regarding Summer Housing and Storage

Please note that being approved for Same Room Selection does not automatically sign you up for summer housing. That is a separate process that will open in April 2020. 

Residents are not able to store personal items in their room, apartment, or house over the summer if they are not signed up for summer housing. This policy is in place so our staff can complete necessary maintenance and housekeeping on unused spaces and provide housing options for summer students and summer camps. The PODS storage program is available to all on-campus residents as a summer storage option; more information will be available in spring 2020, including rates and drop-off times. 


Theme House Selection

Theme house application on Viking Central - Deadline to submit is Monday, March 2 at 5 pm

Theme houses are specialized on-campus housing options which allow residents to merge their passion for academic excellence and service through peer education and local service opportunities. Houses are designed for 3-15 participants who, with guideance from a faculty/staff advisor, create and plan at least two service or education projects per semester with a focus of their choice.

Current sophomores and above (those who graduated high school in spring 2018 or earlier) are encouraged to apply for a theme house.

Why live in a theme house?

  • It's a great way to merge your academic experience with opportunities to educate other students and give back to the community.
  • Flexible housing assignments mean your theme house group may consist of any student, regardless of gender identity.
  • Double and single room options are available in designated houses.
  • You can enjoy increased independence with access to all the resources available for students who live on campus.

Theme house applications are due at 5 pm on March 2, 2020.

If one of your roommates is selected as a Viking Advisor (VA) for the 2020-2021 academic year, you have until Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5 pm to identify a replacement roommate. Candidates in the Campus Life student leader selection process (this includes VA candidates) will be notified of their status on Friday, February 28, 2020. 


Apartment Lottery Selection

Apartment lottery opt-in form - Deadline to submit is Monday, March 2 at 5 pm

Current sophomores and above (those who graduated high school in spring 2018 or earlier) are eligible to opt into the apartment lottery. The apartments are a great option for students who are looking for more independence in their on-campus living experience. 

Apartment communities accommodate 1-4 residents per unit, depending on the building and room layout. 

Why live in an apartment?

  • Flexible housing assignments mean your apartment group may consist of any student, regardless of gender identity.
  • Double and single room options are available in designated apartments.
  • You can enjoy increased independence with access to all the resources available for students who live on campus. 

Please note that your roommate group must match the size of the apartment exactly. You will not be assigned to an apartment if you do not have enough roommates to fill all the bedrooms.

If one of your roommates is selected as a Viking Advisor (VA) for the 2020-2021 academic year, you have until Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5 pm to identify a replacement roommate. Candidates in the Campus Life student leader selection process (this includes VA candidates) will be notified of their status on Friday, February 28, 2020. There is space on the application for an alternate roommate, and you are encouraged to inclue an alternate roommate name if one of your roommates is applying to be a VA.

Students who are married, have dependents, are over the age of 23, or are in an Augustana graduate program may be eligible for consideration in Costello Apartments if space is available. Please contact Campus Life at 605-274-5215 if interested.


Residence Hall Room Selection

Students, check your Augustana email for instructions on how to select your residence hall room online.

Residence Hall Options

Tuve Hall - Tuve offers double and a limited number of single rooms, all of which have new furniture and finishes. The Flexible Housing community is a gender-inclusive floor, and the other floors in Tuve are co-ed. Tuve is open to students of all ages (first-years to seniors).

Granskou and Stavig Halls - Stavig and Granskou offer double rooms and a limited number of single rooms. The 1st floor in each building is co-ed, and all other floors in the Towers are single gender. 

East Hall (juniors and seniors only) - East offers unique single rooms. Floors are single-gender. 

Roommate Social

Any resident who has not yet identified a roommate for 2020-2021 is invited to attend the virtual Roommate Social at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. More details on Viking Central.


Living Off Campus

Current first-year students who wish to live off campus their second year can submit an off campus housing request. The 2-year residency requirement may be waived if the student meets one of the following criteria:

  1. Plans to live at home (local address) with parent/guardian
  2. Is married and/or has children
  3. Graduated high school in spring 2018 or earlier
  4. Is a part-time student (10 credit hours or fewer)

Current sophomores and above who plan to live off campus next academic year do not need to submit the off campus request form, since they are no longer required to live on campus.

More information about living off campus