Augustana’s residence hall system contributes to the overall educational program by providing experience in supervised group living. Resources to support students’ personal, social and academic growth make living on campus an important part of a liberal arts education.
This is the main reason why all full-time students are required to live in college residence halls or transitional living areas (TLA) for three years. Exceptions to this requirement include local commuters and students with special needs who cannot be accommodated. Students who choose to commute to Augustana from home are encouraged to consider one of the many campus living options as part of their college experience. For more information, please contact the Office of Residential Life.
Residence Halls and Transitional Living Area
First- and second-year students are housed in co-educational residence halls, third-year students reside in transitional living areas (TLAs) and fourth-year students generally elect to live off-campus. Traditional residence halls located on the central campus are Andreen, Seminary and Swanson Commons. Erickson and Westerlin residence centers are located on the upper campus.
Residence halls are generally configured in double rooms with community restrooms, although some single, triple and quad rooms and suites with shared bathrooms also are available. Most buildings have recreation areas, computer labs, kitchens, TV viewing rooms, laundry facilities and storage areas. Free cable television and local telephone service/voice mail are provided; computer network hookups are available for a modest fee, and wireless service is available in common areas.
Residential security is a campus priority; a card-access and key system is used for the safety and well-being of students. In most halls, visiting privileges are limited on weekdays and open on weekends. Use of alcoholic beverages is restricted to TLA residents 21 years or older; alcoholic beverages are not permitted elsewhere in campus housing.
Specialized TLA housing for upper-class students is found on the campus periphery. TLA houses include Ansvar, Asgard, Baldur, Bellman, Bergman, Bostad, Branting, Bremer, Celsius, Delling, Erfara, Esbjorn, Forseti, Freya, Gustav, Hedin, House on the Hill, Idun, Karsten, Larsson, Levander, Lindgren, Local Culture, Lundholm, Martinson, Milles, Moberg, Nobel, Oden, Ostara, Roslin, Ryden, Sanning, Swedenborg, Tredway, Tyr, Vidar, Viking, Zander and Zorn. Andeberg, Anderson/Bartholomew, the Arbaugh/Naeseth Residence Centers, the Dorothy Parkander Residence Center and the south and west wings of the Duane R. Swanson Commons offer apartment-like accommodations for men and women.
Complete information and regulations are found in the Inside Our Halls and Houses handbook.
An information letter with instructions to submit an online housing preference survey is sent to committed students in late April or early May. Housing assignments for new students are based upon room/hall availability, roommate compatibility and special needs. Students already residing at Augustana select the next year’s room assignments during the spring term.