Students move in at Augusta University

Moving day was a family event for Augusta University student Jasmine Lopez. Mom, dad and even little sister unpacked a truck of Lopez’s belongings in front of Oak Hall on Saturday afternoon to get the student moved into her home away from home for the next nine months.

This is the second year Oak Hall has been open to first-year AU students after opening in August 2016. The five-floor, 412-bed living community provides students with four learning communities – biology, psychology, chemistry and mathematics – as well as study rooms, community kitchens and connect space.

Heather Schneller, AU’s director of housing and residential life, said the process of checking in students and unloading their belongings was “phenomenal.”

To make the process easy, students were given check-in times to pick up keys and get in line to unload vehicles filled with their belongings. Schneller said parents were pleased with how smoothly it went.

“They joked and said it’s somewhat like Chick-fil-A where we have the tent just to be able to get their room key and then (drive) around to our rapid unload again,” she said.

With “plenty” of volunteers to assist with unloading, parents didn’t have to do much, Schneller said. Volunteers brought containers to transport items from vehicles to the students’ rooms.

For other undergraduate students, AU has University Village on the Forest Hills campus, a gated, fully furnished, apartment-style community with two- and four-bedroom options, as well as Elm Hall for graduate and professional students. Between the three housing options, the university has housing for more than 1,200 students.