Here you will find answers to
the most common questions asked by future and new residents. If you don't find
your question here, please send an e-mail with your question to
Are freshmen guaranteed housing?
No, on-campus housing is guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. There are not enough beds on campus to house
the entire freshman class. Your housing assignment will be determined by your housing priority date which is the date you
submit your housing application. Exception: National Merit Finalists and National
Achievement Scholars are guaranteed housing so long as they apply for housing by May 10, 2014..
How do I apply for on-campus housing?
Before you can apply, you must be admitted to the University and pay the $200
confirmation deposit. Instructions for applying on line for housing
will be included with the letter acknowledging the receipt of that deposit that
you will receive from Admissions.
Will I be able to request certain types of housing or a roommate when I apply?
Yes, you may rank order your choices of housing on the application.
Remember, though, that we cannot place everyone in their first housing choice!
If you have someone you want to live with, you will be able to list that
person’s name on the application. If the request is mutual and you both have
been guaranteed housing, then there is an excellent chance that you will be
placed together and your housing assignment will be determined by whichever of
you has the latest housing priority date.
Do I have to pay any fees when I apply?
Yes, you will pay a $50 non-refundable application fee and a refundable $250
prepayment which will be credited to your student account. You may cancel your
reservation and receive a refund of the prepayment at any time prior to your
cancellation deadline. This deadline
will be specified when you receive your housing assignment.
Will your office acknowledge the receipt of my housing application?
Yes. You’ll receive an email to your Tigermail (Auburn email) address
either guaranteeing you housing or notifying you of your number on the waiting
list (if one is in effect) immediately upon submitting your housing application
When do the waiting lists for men and
women typically begin?
Typically in February or March but the date Housing tentatively fills each year fluctuates. The key is do not delay: submit your housing application now!
How will your office communicate with me?
Prior to your enrollment, communications from our office to you will be
primarily to your Tigermail email address. Certain communications may be
surface mailed. We also encourage
you to visit our website (www.auburn.edu/housing)
frequently for information.
When will I find out my housing assignment?
Current residents will secure their housing accommodations for Fall
shortly after the beginning of Spring Semester. Once that process is
completed, then the assignment process for incoming students will begin.
We will begin the housing assignment notification process in late May.
Applicants will be notified throughout the Summer as later applicants (those
students whose applications are received from December going forward) will have to wait longer to receive their
What information will you include with my housing assignment?
Of course, we will tell you where you will be living and with whom. We will also provide contact
information for your roommate (suitemates for the Village and S. Donahue) and we encourage you to make contact with each other prior to move-in.
We will also include move-in dates and other information to help you prepare for move-in.
Can I cancel my housing reservation at any time before I move in?
The answer depends upon when you cancel. Up until the time you receive
your housing assignment, you can cancel the agreement without penalty. You
will be given a cancellation deadline in your housing assignment information.
After that date, if you cancel you will forfeit your $250 prepayment if you do
not enroll at Auburn. If you do
enroll and cancel after the deadline, you will have a rental obligation for Fall
and Spring semesters if we do not have a waiting list.
If we do have a waiting list and can replace you, then you will simply
forfeit the $250 prepayment. Always check with our office first before signing a
lease off campus if your on-campus housing cancellation deadline has expired.
Once I have moved in, can I move somewhere else on campus? What about
moving off campus – will I still have to pay for my on-campus housing?
Yes, you can move within University Housing during the course of the academic
year. Room change dates will be communicated to you. If you move off
campus, you will still have to pay for a space on campus for the
entire academic year (Fall and Spring Semesters) because there are typically no
waiting lists during the year.
What if I need special
There are housing units designed to accommodate
students with disabilities. For information, contact the Housing Office at
334-844-4580. Also, we encourage you to contact
Office of Accessibility
at 334-844-2096 to learn of the services they offer.
Is University Housing open
With the exception of South Donahue Hall, all residence halls close between semesters and during Thanksgiving and Spring breaks.
What is included in rent for
The necessary furniture and all utilities in addition to wireless internet and
basic TV cable service are provided (phone service is not included).
How do residents get mail?
Residents are provided with mail boxes in their residential area. The Hill, Quad and Village have centralized
mailrooms and S. Donahue will have a mailroom in the building. Mail is distributed by University employees Monday through Friday.
Packages are delivered to the mailrooms and residents receive notification to pick up their packages.
What about food and where do
AU dining locations are convenient to the residence halls.
There is a required dining plan
for all undergraduates living both on and off campus.
More information is posted on the AU Dining website (www.auburn.edu/dining).
The residence halls also have a community kitchen in each building and a microwave and fridge are provided in the individual suites in the Village and S. Donahue. Hill
and Quad residents may have a small microwave and fridge in their rooms (size
and wattage will be included with housing assignment information).
What about heating and cooling in the residence halls?
Due to the nature of the mechanical systems in the Quad and Hill residence
halls, heating and air-conditioning “on demand” are not possible. We have
a water-based system that only allows for hot water to be run through the pipes
when the heat is on and chilled water to be run through the pipes when the A/C
is on. The hot and chilled water cannot be run concurrently and when we
convert from heat to A/C and vice versa, it involves more than a flip of a
switch and therefore the conversion process typically takes two to three days.
Therefore, we monitor long range forecasts and must make decisions for
the longer term versus what the next day or two might bring in terms of
Because of wide temperature fluctuations at certain times in the late Fall,
Winter, and early Spring, it is impossible for us to provide heating and cooling
in the Hill and Quad to satisfy everyone’s internal thermostat. The
exposure of the building to the sun adds to the challenge of providing heating
or cooling that satisfies everyone during these very short periods of
temperature fluctuations. It never fails that on the very same day (and
sometimes in the very same building), we have residents requesting
air-conditioning and other residents requesting heat!
When you are making your housing requests, please keep the nature of the Hill
and Quad HVAC system in mind if you have sensitivities (asthma, allergies, etc.)
to the weather that require you to have heat and A/C on demand.
At the Village and S. Donahue, each suite has its own temperature controlling thermostat so heat and A/C are available on demand in those buildings.
I still have questions – who do I need to contact?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call