Starting university is a major life change for any individual. However, for those new university students who also need to relocate away from their families for the first time, the impacts of this change are magnified.
Those tasked with managing the residential halls at American University of Sharjah (AUS) are well aware of this and spend much time and effort making students comfortable in their new surroundings. Incoming students are given a comprehensive orientation for their life on campus, with many social events organized in the initial days and weeks so that students can quickly form deep friendships, lasting throughout their university years and beyond.
Safety and support are two key areas of which students residing in the halls, and their parents, can be assured. Security personnel are located in the halls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents access their buildings via a 24 hour access card, ensuring only students who live in the building can enter. In addition, Resident Assistants (RAs) reside in the halls to help students transition easily into campus life. RAs are senior AUS students who have passed through a rigorous selection process, selected for their ability to provide leadership in the halls and guide students in their academic and extracurricular pursuits at AUS.