Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is required to live on campus?

A: As a residential university, 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.

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 be able to choose a room for next year?

A: Current students are able to select a room through our Room Selection processes, which occur annually in the spring semester. You will know your room assignment by the end of March for the following academic year. 

Q: Are your residence halls co-ed?

A: Bergsaker, East, Granskou, Solberg, and Stavig Halls are co-ed by floor or by wing. Tuve Hall's Endeavor community is also co-ed by wing. Tuve Hall's Serve. Grow. Lead. community is co-ed by room, and Tuve Hall's Flexible Housing floor offers gender inclusive housing.

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 furniture is provided in residence halls, apartments, and theme houses?

A: There are a variety of things you might want to bring with you when you move into campus housing. Residence hall rooms are furnished with curtains, beds, closets/wardrobes, dressers, desk chairs, desks, and a Microchill unit. Apartments and theme houses are furnished with bedroom, living room, and dining room furniture; the exact type and amount of furniture varies by the size of the apartment or house. 

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 Microchill 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?

A: The Microchill 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 (except Balcer, Nelsen, and Svendsbye) 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: If you would like cable in your residence hall room, apartment, or theme house, you must contact Midcontinent Communications directly to setup a cable subscription. Cable TV is available in common areas in every residence hall.

Q: Are lofts permitted in residence hall rooms?

A: Lofts may be rented through College Products for Bergsaker, Solberg, and East 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. Tuve Hall furniture has lofting capabilities as-is. 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, apartment, or house.

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, unless you meet specific criteria. 

Q: Is alcohol permitted in campus housing?

A: The possession and use of alcoholic beverages in university-owned housing is prohibited, except in designated theme houses and apartments where a majority of residents 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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