General Information

 

Before Arrival

Housing

Auburn University does not have on-campus housing for graduate students. However, there is a wide variety of real estate businesses in the area. There are also many apartment complexes around the town.

Apartment Complexes Near Campus

Purchasing or Renting a Home

If you are interested in buying a home, check out some of the following real estate offices. Some of these real estate companies can also help you find a home to rent.

Transportation

Tiger Transit

Tiger Transit is the most convenient way to travel and it’s free. The transit system has numerous routes and different operation times.

Tiger Transit offers twenty lines for the Fall and Spring semesters. Fourteen lines begin and end at the AU Student Center/Haley Center Hub. One line begins and ends at the Hotel at Auburn University. One line begins and ends at Terrell Dining Hall. Three lines begin and end at the Mell Street Station. Summer transit schedules offer reduced service and are subject to change based on passenger demand.

To view schedules, routes, and additional information about the transit system, please visit the Tiger Transit website.

Parking on Campus

 With approximately 13,000 parking spaces and over 29,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff, parking is very limited on Auburn University’s campus. Students may apply for C-Zone parking.

Parking Basics:

All vehicles 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. Please see the Auburn University Traffic and Parking regulations (PDF) for more details.

To avoid being ticketed, wheel-locked, or towed, comply with the following guidance:

  1. Register your vehicle with the AU Parking Services office.
  2. Park in the proper zone to which you have been assigned.
  3. Park only in designated spaces.
  4. Notify the AU Parking Services office immediately of any changes in vehicle or license plate number.
  5. Obey all parking signs, symbols and markings.

Parking Tips:

  1. Read the rules and regulations for parking at Auburn University.
  2. Review the official university parking map to determine where you may park based on your assigned zone. Be aware that parking signs take precedence over the map, so be sure to check for signs, symbols or markings in all areas.
  3. If your vehicle is incapacitated and is parked illegally (no permit or in an illegal space), contact the AU Parking Services office to let us know its location, vehicle type and when it will be moved so it will not be ticketed. If your vehicle is unable to start, we offer free jump starts Monday-Friday from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. We allow up to three (3) days for these vehicles to be moved before issuing a ticket. Depending on where the vehicle is parked, we may be forced to tow the vehicle to the Auburn University Impound Lot.
  4. If you need to unload a class project or assist a fellow student who lives in on-campus housing load or unload, you may come to the AU Parking Services office and receive a temporary loading pass for one (1) day.

For questions or concerns about parking on campus, you may contact Don Andrae, Manager of Parking Services, or visit the Parking Services website.

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.

Register your bike with the following information:

  • Serial Number
  • Make
  • Model
  • Color
  • Year

Once the bike is registered, students will receive a small sticker that may be placed anywhere on the bike. Without this sticker, bikes are subject to be placed in the impound lot.

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.

If one has equivalent/greater prior coverage and can so demonstrate, that person may choose to opt out of the University plan. Those who wish to opt out must complete the required online form (found on your AU Access under the 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.

For example, if you turn in your waiver in March for a spring waiver you are expected to pay for January and February’s insurance. Graduate assistants will be automatically enrolled in the Auburn University Graduate Student Group Health Plan (GSGHP).

International graduate students and dependents in F or J immigration status will continue to be covered and billed similarly under the Mandatory International Student and Scholar Health Plan. Check with the Office of International Programs for details.

Those graduate students who do not qualify for the automatic enrollment may opt-in to the program. They must complete a request form and submit it to the Graduate School. For further information on optional enrollment, please contact insurance@auburn.edu or visit the FAQ page.

After Arrival

Advisor/Student Interactions

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Student Organizations

Graduate Student Council

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. The GSC partnered with the Graduate School in bringing the Three-Minute Thesis competition to Auburn in 2013.

The GSC organizes and assists with a variety of events to engage and entertain graduate students. One of these events is the GSC colloquium series, where students gather to learn about a variety of topics involving campus life or academia over a free lunch. The GSC also helps organize the annual Student Symposium, where all graduate students are invited to present their research by poster or oral exhibition, and are critiqued and scored competitively by faculty judges. At the end of the spring semester, graduate students are honored with a special luncheon and awards ceremony that accompany Graduate Student Appreciation Week events.

If you would like more information about joining the GSC, either as a Senator or a participant, contact Melisa Martinez, GSC Administrative Vice President. More information can be found at on the Graduate Student Council’s webpage. Follow Auburn University GSC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA)

The Auburn University Black Graduate and Professional Student Association is a chapter of the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA). On Auburn’s campus, the BGPSA serves under the Multicultural Affairs Office with the goal of becoming a prominent organization for the needs of African American students.

The Auburn University Black Graduate and Professional Student Association is an academic and professional organizations 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 Black Graduate and Professional Student Association 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 Black Graduate and Professional Student Association fosters academic achievement, understanding of and respect for differences, and ultimately, the development of future minority leadership.

Visit the BGPSA website.

International Student Organization

The International Student Organization’s 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. Sumaiya Islam currently serves as the ISO president. For questions regarding the ISO, please email Sumaiya.

International Student Organizations:

  • African Students Association (ASA)
  • Bangladesh Students Organization (BSO)
  • Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSO)
  • Egyptian Student Association (ESA)
  • Indian Students Association (ISA)
  • Iranian Student Association (IRSA)
  • Italian Club (Club Italiano)
  • Korean Student Association (KSA)
  • Latino Student Association (LSA)
  • Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)
  • Nepalese Students Association (NSA)
  • Pakistani Student Association
  • Saudi Students Club (SSC)
  • Taiwan Student Association (TSA)
  • Turkish Student Organization (TSO)
Professional Development

You should start planning for your post-grad transition as soon as you begin your journey as a graduate student. Dale Watson, Director of Professional Development, is available to answer questions and assist with completing your academic plan, building a competitive portfolio and preparing you to enter the job market.

Here at Auburn, we have 3 main areas of focus that we concentrate on in developing your professionalism:

  1. Learning what it takes to have a competitive personal and academic portfolio. What accomplishments do you need to achieve to be competitive for your desired position at the end of your program?
  2. Building and enhancing your professional skills and traits.
  3. A successful transition to where ever you are going.

There are many resources across campus that can help you succeed in the competitive process:

  • Your college/department
  • Graduate School
  • Graduate Student Council
  • Career Center
  • Biggio Center
  • Miller Writing Center
  • ePortfolio Studio
  • Auburn University Human Resources

Please visit the Professional Development webpage or contact Dale Watson, Director of Professional Development, for more details.

Last modified: June 7, 2018