General Information

 

Before Arrival

Housing

There is currently no university-based housing for graduate students, but the AU Student Affairs hosts an off-campus housing page with useful information. International students can review the temporary housing information on the International Students “Settling In” section of the orientation information online. The following is provided as a resource to find area housing, but is not an exhaustive list.

 

General Apartment Search Sites:

 

Apartment Complexes
Individually managed apartment complexes typically offer rental apartments with a shared living space with the private suites (bed and bath) rented to multiple individuals/roommates. One bedroom apartments may be available.

 

Renting or Buying a Home – Local Realty Companies
Each of these companies manage multiple residential realty properties throughout the Auburn area, including single family homes for rent.

Transportation

Campus Bus System – Tiger Transit

Tiger Transit is the most convenient way to travel and it’s free with your student ID card. To view schedules, routes, and additional information about the transit system, please visit the Tiger Transit website to download the app for up-to-the-minute information.

 

Parking on Campus

Parking is very limited on Auburn University’s campus. Students may apply for C-Zone parking through AU Access > My Campus tab > Parking.

Parking Basics:

All vehicles, including bicycles and motorcycles, that park on the Auburn University campus must be registered with the Parking Services Office as prescribed in the Auburn University Traffic and Parking regulations (PDF) for more details.

Parking Tips:

  1. More information is available at the Parking Services website.
  2. Read the rules and regulations for parking at Auburn University.
  3. Review the official university parking map to find your assigned parking zone(s).
  4. Contact”Tiger Rescue” for free jump starts, Monday-Friday, 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.

 

Bicycles on Campus
All bikes must be registered with the Parking Services office. It’s free, but is required. Students may register bicycles online via AU Access during the fall and spring semesters or go to the parking services office during the summer semester.

 

Bike Share Program
The Office of Sustainability offers a bicycle share program for anyone on or near the Auburn campus, for students and visitors alike. Visit their website to learn more about the bike share program, where to find bicycles and how to get started using the bike share program app for smart phones.

Insurance
  • All graduate assistants with assignments of 10 hours (0.25 FTE) or greater for the full semester in the fall and/or spring semesters who meet the minimum monthly stipend established by the Office of the Provost and are in good academic standing are required to have health insurance coverage. These qualifying graduate assistants (as outlined above) will be automatically enrolled in the Auburn University Graduate Student Group Health Plan (GSGHP).

 

 

 

  • If one has equivalent/greater prior coverage and can so demonstrate, that person may choose to opt-out of the University plan by completing the required online form (AU Access > My Academics tab > Student Menu) by September 5th for the fall and February 16th for the spring.  Waiver applications are accepted for two months following the waiver deadline, but are subject to prorated insurance costs.

 

Student Financials

The following resources are provided as information about student financial information, such as tuition and fees, financial aid, and assistantship/fellowship information.

After Arrival

Get Involved

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is the only student-led organization representing the entirety of Auburn’s graduate student population. The GSC serves as a liaison for graduate students to communicate with university administration and the Student Government Association, and provides both social and research showcase opportunities for a diverse graduate student body. The GSC is an advocate for graduate students on multiple issues, including health insurance, housing, and funding for academic-related travel.

For more information about joining the GSC, visit the Graduate Student Council’s  page through AUInvolve, or follow the GSC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

The Auburn University Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) is a chapter of the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA). The Auburn University BGPSA is an academic and professional organization that exists to address the unique needs and concerns of minority graduate and professional students, and to promote diversity within the Auburn community. The mission of the Auburn BGPSA is to advance the scholarly activity of minority students and to improve conditions of the social environment.

Through the use of consistent social interaction and multi-cultural programming geared largely toward scholarship, career, and community assistance, the BGPSA fosters academic achievement, understanding of and respect for differences, and ultimately, the development of future minority leadership.

For more information about joining the BGPSA, visit the BGPSA website or follow the BGPSA on Instagram or Twitter.

 

The International Student Organization’s (ISO) mission is to improve multinational understanding and promote relationships between people of different cultures. The ISO is an umbrella organization to many other International Student Organizations. See the list of specific International Student Organizations at Auburn, their contacts, and links to their social media.

 

The Office of Inclusion & Diversity serves as a vital resource for building unity, equity, and inclusion in the Auburn University community. We recognize and value the considerable educational benefits emanating from diversity as we prepare our students for life and leadership in a multicultural world. Students who interact with and learn about people from a variety of backgrounds are more apt to understand, appreciate, and excel in the community they inhabit. Sign up for the OID newsletter to stay informed.

Get Ready

Planning for your post-grad transition starts as soon as you begin graduate studies. Auburn University Graduate School prepares you for that next step in three main focus areas of professional development:

  1. How to be competitive with personal accomplishments and an academic portfolio
  2. Building and enhancing your professional skills and traits
  3. Creating a plan for a successful transition to the next step of your journey

 

Campus resources for success:

Please visit the Graduate School’s Professional Development webpage or contact Dale Watson, Director of Professional Development, to answer questions and assist with completing your academic plan, building a competitive portfolio, and preparing you to enter the job market.

Last modified: August 18, 2021