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Students take a break after helping first-year students with their things during a warm move-in day in August.

Residence Halls

Everyone is different, but college students agree: they want to feel at home in college. With Augustana’s variety of residence halls and houses, and a developmental, year-by-year approach to living on campus, you’ll keep your lifestyle as you gain life skills.

First-year students want to fit in, make friends, and feel comfortable and safe as they explore new things. Sophomores, settled into the college scene, want to match their academic goals with who, what, how and where they want to be after college. And juniors and seniors have more independence in mind.

All Augustana residences—from Westerlin and its onsite fitness center, to historic House on the Hill—focus on these stages in students’ lives. And of course there are the game tournaments, holiday traditions, movie nights, contests, breakfast-for-dinner, student group meetings and pizza, pizza, pizza. 

First-year students live in Andreen, Seminary and Westerlin Halls.

Sophomores live in Swanson Commons, Erickson Hall, Anderson Hall and Bartholomew Hall.

Juniors live in college-owned houses and apartments in the Augustana neighborhood. These are known as “transitional living areas” or TLAs. Seniors generally live off-campus.

Each residence has a network of professional staff, including master's level area coordinators who live in the halls. The coordinator works with one or two resident directors and a team of community advisors. Advisors are upper-class students trained to promote a strong floor community and support 30-50 residents.

Residential life staff teach students about ethical citizenship, collaborative leadership and intercultural competency.

Andreen Hall

Andreen Hall

Andreen Hall houses 213 in a traditional, vine-covered building just minutes from the center of campus, across the street from Lincoln Park.

Students call Andreen friendly, homey, cozy, rustic and lovely.

Andreen has several furnished study spaces including a newly renovated lobby lounge and basement.

Every October, Andreen students host the Hallowdreen haunted house, popular among professors’ children.

Westerlin Residence Center

Westerlin Residence Center

Westerlin Residence Center is the hub of the upper-campus residential are, housing 455 students in three wings: Jenny Lind, Immanuel and Westerlin.

Also conveniently located next to the PepsiCo Recreation Center and near the College Hill district, Westerlin is being renovated and air-conditioned, wing by wing, scheduled for completion in summer of 2017. 

Students in Westerlin call it lively, social, exciting, gregarious, engaged and cheerful.

Like Swanson Commons on the lower campus, Westerlin offers extended service desk hours for upper-campus residents.

Westerlin’s AugiePlex fitness center has equipment for cardio and weight training, and a dance/exercise studio.

Seminary Hall

Seminary Hall

Seminary Hall houses about 80 students in two-room units that divide easily into sleep and study areas. Seminary is centrally located, just minutes away from the main academic buildings, the library and The Gerber Center.

The residents of “Sem” call it close-knit, charming, delightful, creative, calm and convenient.

Seminary’s loft is a popular hangout.

During Seminary’s annual Old/New BBQ, current and previous-year residents gather to swap stories. 

Swanson Commons

Swanson Commons

Swanson Commons houses 239 students in a community environment. The south wing has TLA apartments for juniors, and the east wing houses sophomores in two-bedroom suites connected by a shared bathroom.

Swanson Commons is next to Andreen Hall, across the street from Lincoln Park.

Swanson students call their hall classy, social, chic, modern and spacious.

Swanson Commons is air-conditioned.

Swanson Commons has faculty-in-residence, a professor who will provide academic support to second-year students.

Erickson Residence Center

Erickson Residence Center

Erickson Residence Center, available to 350 students, is next door to Westerlin on the upper campus, just steps away from the PepsiCo Recreation Center and near the College Hill shops.

Erickson students call their home wonderful, study-friendly, relaxed/chill, comfortable and spacious.

Because Erickson is completely air-conditioned, students with documented medical conditions have first choice for this residence.

Erickson has an “awesome” main lounge, and pool tables and full kitchen in a newly renovated basement recreation area.

Transitional Living Areas

Chelsea Wallert, Natalie Tomerlin, Marissa Pezzopane and Michelle Dempster
Chelsea Wallert, Natalie Tomerlin, Marissa Pezzopane and Michelle Dempster enjoy dessert in their kitchen in a Swanson TLA. (Augustana Photo Bureau/Lauren Becker '16)

In their third year, students live in a college-owned houses or apartments in the Augustana neighborhood. These are known as Transitional Living Areas, or TLAs. 

TLA life is designed to serve as a transition period, preparing students for off-campus living as seniors.

All bedrooms are fully furnished; the kitchen has a table, and students can decorate the living room as they like. Students may buy a college meal plan, customize a food service plan, or buy and prepare their own meals.

TLAs are open during college breaks, and campus security is available 24 hours a day.

TLA residents have the option of applying to live in Focused Interest communities. Augustana is offering the following Focused Interest houses in 2016:

International House

Viking Pups House

Local Culture House

Interfaith Understanding House

Seniors live off campus. The college holds an annual Landlord Fair and helps seniors locate off-campus housing. Interested seniors may apply for spaces in a TLA on a space-available basis.