Frequently Asked Room Selection Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions that often come up regarding Room Selection. We've tried to organize them by category a bit, so please be sure to visit each of the links below for information about each topic.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Campus Life Office at 605.274.5215 or by email at

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Room Selection

Q:  When can I sign up for Theme Houses and Apartments?

A: Theme house and apartment applications are available beginning in January. You can access applications in Housing Forms.

Q: When can I sign up for Residence Hall rooms?
A:  Residence Hall rooms can be selected on Room Selection Day.

Q:  How will I know when I can choose a space on Room Selection Day?
A:  In March, you will receive a letter from Campus Life that indicates your Room Selection Number and at which time you will be able to go through on Room Selection Day. These numbers are assigned randomly, based on your high school graduation date. Rising sophomores (current first year students) select first so as to uphold our residency requirement. Rising juniors and seniors will select after sophomores.

Q: Can I live in the same place next year as I did this year?
A: Yes! We call this Homesteading. Visit the housing form which fits your need for eligibility and applications.

Q: I am currently studying abroad.  How do I sign up for housing for next year?
A: For students studying abroad, we will be utilizing the Proxy system. A Proxy is someone who you have designated to choose your space for you on Room Selection Day. You’ll receive, via e-mail, information regarding how the process will work and what you need to do to identify a Proxy. If you don’t have a Proxy in mind, the Residence Life Office staff will be able to assist you in selecting a space during Room Selection Day.

Q:  I will be studying abroad Fall Semester, what should I do?
A:  You can attend room selection day and select the space you would like for January and spring. Just let the staff member assisting you know you will only be there for interim and spring semesters.

Q:  What happens if I can’t make my designated time on Room Selection Day?
A:  Don’t panic!  We have created a Proxy system that will allow you to designate someone who can attend in your place and choose for you.

Q:  My friend and I want to live together.  Can we go through Room Selection Day together and use the best number in our group?
A:  Yes!  You absolutely can.  Just make sure that whoever has the best (lowest) number is either in attendance, or has designated a proxy and you will be able to go through at that time.

Q: My roommate for next year has a better (lower) Room Selection Number, but can’t make the designated time on Room Selection Day.  Can I use my roommate's number?
A: If the two of you are planning to room together, you will be allowed to go through Room Selection Day together, using the better of the two numbers.

Q: How do I sign-up for housing if I don't have a roommate?
A: If you are having trouble identifying a roommate for the coming year, please visit with your Hall Director or the Center for Campus Life. We will be keeping a list of all students who have not yet identified a roommate and may be able to make suggestions about possible pairings.

Q: What happens if there aren’t any rooms left when I go through on Room Selection Day?
A: Don’t panic! We fully anticipate being able to house everyone who wants to be housed next year. Every year, we enter into the summer with a waiting list of current first-year students who haven’t been assigned a room. That is perfectly normal. And, usually, by mid-June to early July, we have housed everyone on our waiting list. Furthermore, we are usually even able to grant a majority of requests for specific locations. There is never a guarantee, of course, that you will get exactly what you want when we are able to offer you a space, but we try very hard to get as close as possible.

Q:  What if I don't get the kind of housing I wanted?
A:  During Room Selection Day, we will be making waiting lists for all of our housing options.  As shifting occurs, which inevitably happens every year, we will contact students on that list, in the order in which they signed up, and offer whatever spaces become available.  If you have further concerns about housing for the next year, visit with your Hall Director or the Center for Campus Life.

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Residency Requirement

Q:  Who is required to live on campus?
A:  Augustana requires all first and second-year students to live on campus.  View Augustana's Residency Requirement for more information.

Q:  How do I get approval to move off-campus if I am a first or second year student?
A:  Please visit Living Off-Campus for information about off-campus approvals.

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Housing Contract

Q:  Do I have to sign a Housing Contract on Room Selection Day?
A:  Yes!  Everyone who signs up for a space on-campus will need to fill out a Housing Contract on Room Selection Day.

Q:  Can I cancel my Housing Contract if I change my mind about living on campus?
A:  First and second year students are required to live on campus unless approved. Third years students and above may cancel their housing by Juy 15th of the contract year without penalty. After July 15th, students who cancel will receive a $400 cancellation fee and forfeiture of their $100 housing deposit.

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Housing Options

Q:  Who can live in Apartments and Theme Houses?
A:  Any rising third or fourth-year student can choose to live in a Theme House or Apartment.

Q:  How many Theme Houses are there?
A:  Augustana currently owns 8 theme houses.

Q:  What if I am married or have a family? Can we live on campus?
A:  Yes, you can!  Costello Hall, our Adult Learner Housing, is an apartment complex designed with you in mind!  Costello houses married students, students with families, as well as a number of other Adult Learners who are looking for something other than the traditional residential spaces offered throughout the rest of campus.  If you are interested in Costello Hall, please contact the Campus Life Office to inquire about availability and the application process.

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Single Rooms

Q:  How do I sign up for a single room?
A: Single rooms are designated throughout Tuve, East, Stavig and Granskou Halls. Available single rooms are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis during Room Selection Day. If a single room is available when you are permitted to select a space on Room Selection Day, you may do so. If no single rooms are available, you will be expected to select a space in a double room, but can be placed on a single room waiting list. If a single room becomes available, we will contact you via phone call and Augie e-mail to confirm your asignment change.

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