Theme House Responsibilites and Expectations

Theme House communities are more than simply a place to live. They provide a valuable connection between students' residential and social experience and the learning that occurs through service to others and the community. As such, we hold expectations for what our students will accomplish and learn from living within these communities, some of which are laid out below.

Program and Service Expectations

Civic Responsibility

As representatives of the University, theme house residents are expected to be respectful of their neighbors in the community and to develop positive relationships with them.

Programming for Service

Theme house groups are expected to complete at least two community service projects each semester.


With the independence of theme house living comes the responsibility of developing standards (e.g., quiet hours) for living together in a theme house community. It is expected that all students will abide by these standards and any student who chooses not to adhere to the University or theme community policies/standards may be reassigned to a residence hall.

Housing and Logistical Expectations


Theme house residents are responsible for daily cleaning and trash removal.

Meal plan

Third and fourth-year students living in college housing have the option to enroll or waive enrollment for a meal plan.


Each house is required to maintain its approved occupancy throughout the entire academic year. If a student moves out of the house for any reason, a replacement must be identified. The students living in each house is responsible for identifying replacements.

Open Houses

Theme houses are expected to plan and participate in open house events each semester for other members of the campus community.

Parking Permits

Students parking on Augustana property will need to request a parking permit.  Find out more information here


Students living in college owned theme houses and who are of legal drinking age shall have the opportunity to make responsible decisions regarding their use of alcoholic beverages.  A theme house with majority of residents who are 21 or older may posess alcoholic beverages in their home for personal use.  A detailed description of this alcohol policy is found on the Theme Houses and Apartments Alcohol Policy portion of the Residence Life and Housing website.


No financial adjustments will be made for any student(s) leaving their house (e.g., student teaching, study abroad) for any portion of the semester/year. 

Television and Internet Access

Cable television is available through Midco. Wireless Internet access is provided to each house at no additional charge.

Tobacco Use

All theme houses are smoke-free.