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Housing information for new students

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Living on campus is one of the most memorable experiences of a student’s time at Augustana. The following steps and timetables will let you know what to do and when.

1. Complete the housing application starting April 1

Start with the housing application.

Log in with your username (your Augustana email address without the "") and the password you created. Please complete your housing application between April 1 and June 30.

If you need special accommodations in housing, complete your housing application and the request form for special accommodations and submit your medical documentation by June 30.

Augustana students live on campus for three years. However, those who have a local permanent address can request to commute from home.

2. Pay your housing deposit by June 30

All students residing in campus housing for the academic year are required to submit a housing deposit of $150. This will be refunded in July of your last year in campus housing.

Note: International students should pay their deposit after they have secured their U.S. visa.

Make your housing deposit

3. Watch your email for your housing assignment

By mid-July, the Office of Residential Life will share your residence hall, room number and roommate information via email.

4. Plan to move in (domestic students move in Sept. 1; international students move in Aug. 28-29)

After you receive your housing assignment, you can return to the housing self-service portal to schedule your arrival appointment. Domestic students will arrive the morning of Sept. 1, and international students will move in Aug. 28-29. Students may also need to arrive early for athletics or other reasons.

When students arrive they will receive their room keys and student IDs. We will have volunteers on hand to help carry belongings.

If you have questions about housing, email Residential Life or call 309-794-2686.

Frequently asked questions

Can I select my building?

No. Like other incoming students, you will be assigned randomly to Westerlin, Andreen or Seminary.

Can I select my roommate?

Yes. If two or three students want to room together, they will need to select each other as roommates from Students can create roommate groups of 2 or 3 people. 

Most incoming students do not select their own roommates. The housing application includes questions about your living habits, which the Office of Residential Life will use to pair you with a compatible roommate. Please don’t feel any pressure to find your own roommate!

If you know whom you want to live with, after completing your application, choose “Select Roommates” under "Housing Selection." All students in a group must confirm. Note that you will only be able to find someone in the system after they have completed their housing application. 

If you want to search for a roommate in the system, create a roommate profile under "Personal Information." You can then search for students using the lifestyle questions from the application. 

How do I request medical accommodations for housing?

If you have a medical condition that requires a particular accommodation, please complete the medical accommodation form and attach supporting documentation by June 30 to ensure that you receive an assignment that meets your needs.  

Do all of the halls have air conditioning?

Not all first-year residence halls have air conditioning. While the first few weeks of the school year will be warm, the weather during most of the school year ranges from comfortable to cold. If you require air conditioning due to a medical condition, please submit a medical accommodation request by June 30.

How does laundry work?

You can buy a laundry card from the Office of Residential Life or from kiosks in Westerlin, the Gerber Center, or Swanson. The laundry card works like a debit card. Laundry costs $1.25 to wash and $1.25 to dry. More information about laundry can be on our laundry page

How are the rooms furnished?

Each student will have an extra-long twin bed, a desk, a desk chair, a dresser and closet space. Each room also includes a trash bin, a recycling bin, and window blinds.

What should I bring?

Here is our list of recommended items to bring, and things you should leave at home.

How do I get my bed lofted?

You can request to have your bed bunked or lofted online. This is a service provided by You can also rent a microfridge from These will be delivered to your room before move-in day. 

What are the dimensions of my room?

We provide floor plan drawings of all of our first-year residence hall rooms. After you get your housing assignment in mid-July, you can find the dimensions of your room