Occupancy

Availability

  1. Biola undergraduate housing is available only to unmarried undergraduate students enrolled at Biola University.
  2. Students who are involved only in student teaching or practicum assignments may be eligible for housing on a space-available basis.
  3. Married undergraduate students and single or married graduate students may contact the Graduate & Married Housing Office for information and availability. Single graduate students may occasionally be housed in double-occupancy undergraduate housing on a space-available basis.
  4. Adult Degree Program students and students enrolled in part-time graduate programs are not eligible for housing.

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Residence Requirement

  1. Students under 20 years old as of the first day of fall classes are required to live in university housing for the entire academic year unless commuting from their parents’/legal guardians’ home. This is called the Biola University Residence Requirement.
  2. Students who contract for housing and who turn 20 after the first day of fall classes are required to fulfill their housing contract for the entire academic year.
  3. If at any time the housing office learns that a student who falls under the Residence Requirement is not living (a) at their parents’/guardians’ home or in (b) university housing, that student may be assigned to and billed for university housing.
  4. Students who plan to commute from their parents’ home must complete an online Request to Commute application, available on MyHousing & Dining.

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Placement

  1. Students are housed in specific locations based on biological sex at the time of birth.
  2. Housing is provided only in same-gender environments, either by Hall floor, or by self-contained suites or apartments.

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Apartments & Thompson Hall Residency Requirements

Apartments

  1. Students who are at least 20 years old, as of the first date of Fall classes, are permitted to live in Biola apartments. Students who have 88+ (Senior) academic credits (earned and currently in progress at Biola) but are younger than 20 years old may request an exception to live in the apartments, which will be decided by the housing office. Priority in the apartments will be given to rising Seniors by credit who are age-eligible.
  2. Students with certain sanctions from Residence Life may not be eligible to live in the Biola apartments.
  3. Residence Life reserves the right to prohibit any student from living in the Biola apartments, subject to applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

Thompson Hall

  1. Thompson Hall (residence hall) is reserved for students who are at least 20 years old as of the first date of fall classes.
  2. Student with certain sanctions from Residence Life may not be eligible to live in Thompson Hall subject to applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  3. Residence Life reserves the right to prohibit any student from living in Thompson Hall, subject to applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

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Room Use

  1. Only students officially assigned by the housing office to a room or apartment may reside in that room or apartment.
  2. University housing may only be used for residential purposes. Selling goods or services or conducting a business, even without exchange of payment, is prohibited from rooms or apartments.
  3. Requests for permission to film in university housing must be submitted at least two weeks in advance to Beth Braley in Auxiliary Services. No furnishings or other university property may be removed from housing or relocated for used in film projects.
  4. No tattooing or piercing is to be performed on any campus property.

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Housing during Holidays, Breaks & Summer

  1. As established in Important Dates, academic year housing fees do not include charges for summer. Housing for summer must be arranged for separately at separate cost.
  2. Residents are welcome to stay in housing during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break and Spring Break at no additional cost. Meal service may be limited during these holiday periods.
  3. Christmas Break (Check Important Dates to make sure you have the most current move-in dates and times)
    1. Residents who live in housing for the fall semester and will be enrolled students for the spring semester may continue to live in their room or apartment for the Christmas Break (referred to as “Holiday Housing”). Dining facilities will be closed for the duration of this break.
    2. No guests that live outside of Biola housing are allowed in the buildings over the break. No guests that live outside your building are allowed to stay overnight.
    3. No open house hours are allowed during Christmas Break.
    4. All students who plan to live in housing during Christmas Break must tell the housing office via the Mandatory Housing Plans survey OR via e-mail before the Christmas Break begins.
    5. Students who are cancelling their housing contract for the Spring semester (e.g. graduating in December, withdrawing/transferring, living at home) MUST move out and formally check out at the housing office during Fall Finals Week. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
  4. Summer Housing (Check Important Dates to make sure you have the most current move-in dates and times)
    1. Summer housing is available for students who are (a) enrolled in Summer classes, or (b) pre-registered for Fall classes. Summer housing is not available for students who have graduated or withdrawn from the university in Spring.
    2. Students must apply for summer housing no later than the deadline publicized by the housing office to be eligible.
    3. Students may apply for the entire summer housing period at full cost or for one consecutive portion of the Summer housing period at a daily prorated cost.
    4. Students will be billed based on the desired housing dates they provide on their summer housing application. Any modification of these dates must be requested in writing in advance to the housing office and must be approved by the housing office.
    5. See Important Dates for summer housing check-in dates and times.
    6. Students contracting for summer housing will complete a supplemental summer housing contract with additional Summer housing-specific terms and conditions.

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Check-In Procedures for Residents Moving In

  1. All residents moving into housing must officially check in with appropriate Housing or Residence Life staff during the fall and/or spring check-in periods.
  2. Check-in dates, times and deadlines for each term are defined in Important Dates. Check-in dates, locations, and times will be publicized by the housing office in advance.
  3. Students are considered officially checked in when they have proven their identity with photo identification, been recorded by housing staff as being present, and received their room or apartment key and check-in paperwork. Students must return their Room or Apartment Condition Report form to the housing office by the publicized deadline to avoid a $25 fine for incomplete check-in.
  4. Students must officially check in each term prior to the Housing Claim/Check-In Deadline for that term as defined in Important Dates. Students who cannot check in prior to this deadline must notify the housing office in writing in advance for late check-in approval.
  5. Failure to officially check in by the Housing Claim/Check-In Deadline without written permission from the housing office will result in a $100 fine and may result in the student’s assignment being cancelled.
  6. No residents may check in prior to the official check-in date Opening Day without approval in advance from the housing office.
  7. Contracted students who know they will not be coming to or returning to Biola must notify the housing office in writing by the Housing Claim/Check-In Deadline for the applicable term. Those who do not do so will forfeit their housing deposit and pay one month’s prorated “No Show” Housing Charge. Students must not rely on any office, department or personnel to inform the housing office that they are not coming.

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Check-Out Procedures for Residents Moving Out

  1. All residents moving out of housing must officially check out with a housing office or designated Residence Life staff member.
  2. Check-out dates, times, and locations will be publicized by the housing office or Residence Life in advance. Mid-semester check-out appointments must be scheduled in advance with housing office staff.
  3. Failure to properly complete check out as defined below will result in fines issued by Residence Life, as defined in CHECK-OUT FINES (see below). Students that do not show up for their check-out appointment will forfeit the right to any property left in their rooms 24 hours after their appointment. Such property will be considered abandoned and may be disposed of by university employees.
  4. No resident may remain in housing after the official checkout date without written approval in advance from the housing office or Resident Director/Resident Coordinator.
  5. Residents involved in behavior which violates the Student Handbook or Housing & Food Service Handbook or which is deemed by the Residence Life staff to be disruptive may be asked to leave prior to the checkout deadlines below.
  6. A Biola University staff signature on a checkout form does not release the student from liability for damages or cleaning costs for which the student is responsible.
  7. University staff will perform damage inspections after both annual checkouts. Any room or building damage found during these inspections which were not noted as pre-existing damage on the student’s Room or Apartment Condition Report form submitted to the housing office at check in will be billed to the responsible resident(s) of the room, apartment, hall, floor, or building.
  8. Check outs may only be completed by the contracted student, not by any other party.
  9. Students are expected to be physically present to remove their own belongings. A proxy to remove belongings may be designated to the housing office in advance in writing if the student is unable to be present for medical reasons.
  10. Fall Move Out/Check Out
    1. See Important Dates for checkout deadlines
    2. Residents who are not moving out are not required to check out.
    3. Students are considered officially checked out when they have cleaned & prepared their room for the next resident, returned their room/apartment key to an appropriate housing or Residence Life staff member, and have vacated housing. Additional required check-out procedures will be publicized by the housing office in advance.
    4. Students not returning for spring housing must officially cancel their housing with the housing office in advance and move their belongings out prior to the Fall check-out deadline.
  11. Spring Move Out/Check Out
    1. See Important Dates for checkout deadlines
      1. Residents of buildings designated for Summer housing may be asked to check out prior to the check-out deadline to accommodate Summer housing resident check-in.
    2. Students are considered officially checked out when they have returned their room/apartment key to an appropriate housing or Residence Life staff member, have removed all of their belongings and trash from their room and building, have cleaned & prepared the room/apartment for the next resident, and have vacated housing. Additional required checkout procedures will be publicized by the housing office in advance.
  12. Check-Out Fines
    1. Students who do not return their room/apartment key at check out will be billed a rekey charge. An additional $25 Incomplete Check-Out fine will be billed if the rekey must be ordered within ten days of the check-out deadline.
    2. Students who miss their check-out appointment or who check out after the check-out deadline will be fined at least $25 for improper check out.
    3. Residents who fail to complete all check-out terms defined above and in supplemental check-out instructions issued by the housing office or Residence Life will be fined at least $50.
    4. Residents who fail to check out altogether will be fined $100. Additional fines for rekeying and/or cleaning may also be assessed as applicable.
    5. Residents who leave personal belongings, including furniture or trash, anywhere in a university room or building (a) after Spring check out, (b) after vacating Summer housing, or (c) after moving out due to cancellation will be charged $100 per item for removal and disposal.
    6. Additional cleaning and/or damage charges will be assessed to the responsible resident(s) of a room, apartment, hall, floor, or building for any damage or required cleaning not noted as pre-existing damage on the student’s Room or Apartment Condition Report form submitted to the housing office at check in.
    7. Fines may be increased at the discretion of the housing office based on the degree of failure to comply with stated check-out procedures.

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Room Types

Designated Single Rooms

  1. Each year, if occupancy demand permits, a limited number of rooms in specific halls which are normally designed for double occupancy will be offered as single occupancy. These rooms are known as designated singles.
  2. Students living in designated singles pay $8,400 per academic year for as long as the room is considered a designated single by the housing office.

Permanent Single Rooms

  1. Permanent singles are rooms that are designed in size for one occupant, or which have been determined to be too small for two occupants. Permanent singles are located in Hope Hall and Horton Hall.
  2. All permanent single rooms in Hope and Horton Halls are reserved for use by residents needing special housing accommodations for medical or psychological reasons and are assigned in conjunction with The Learning Center, which may need to evaluate medical documentation for the student.

Designated Triple Rooms

  1. Each year, if the University deems it necessary in order to accommodate new incoming students, rooms normally designed for double occupancy will be designated as three-to-a-room occupancy. These rooms are known as designated triples.
  2. Students living in designated triples receive a discount of 25% off the double-occupancy room rate for that building for as long as the room is considered a designated triple by the housing office.

Permanent Triple Rooms

  1. Permanent triples are rooms that are designed in size for a minimum of three occupants. Permanent triples are located in Hope Hall and Horton Hall. Permanent triple rooms have the same per-person room rate as double-occupancy rooms in the same building.

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Room Change

  1. Students are assigned to one specific room or apartment for the duration of the academic year and are not permitted to change rooms unless they elect to do so during scheduled Room Change periods.
  2. Room Change periods may be offered at the discretion of the housing office based on availability.
  3. Room Change may be offered once per semester, approximately three weeks into the semester.
  4. Any requests for a “special exception” room change outside of a Room Change period must be approved by the appropriate Resident Director or Resident Coordinator and by the Housing Manager. Approval is not guaranteed and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
  5. Students who change rooms without permission in advance from the housing office will be fined at least $100 and may be required to move back to their original housing assignment.
  6. Students with certain sanctions from Residence Life may not be eligible to participate in Room Change.
  7. Room Change opportunities are subject to terms, conditions and deadlines publicized in advance by the housing office.

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Open House Hours

  1. Open housing hours help our students value, develop, and maintain healthy friendships with the same sex as well as to develop healthy, Christ-honoring relationships in sexual purity with students of the opposite sex.
  2. Students of the opposite sex may only be on floors and in room/apartments during designated Open House hours.
  3. RESIDENCE HALLS (excluding Thompson Hall)
    1. 6–11 p.m. — Wednesdays and Fridays
    2. 2–11 p.m. — Saturdays and Sundays
  4. THOMPSON HALL
    1. 6–11 p.m. —  Mondays through Thursdays
    2. 12 p.m.–12 a.m. — Fridays and Saturdays
    3. 12–11 p.m. — Sundays
  5. APARTMENTS.
    1. 12–11 p.m. — Sundays through Thursdays
    2. 12 p.m.–1 a.m. — Fridays and Saturdays
  6. Open House hours will begin on the first day of classes or later, as publicized by Residence Life.
  7. Open House hours are suspended except in Thompson Hall and the apartments during Interterm, Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break and finals week of both semesters.
  8. All doors will remain wide open while guests are present.
  9. Any behavior that is considered compromising, sexually inappropriate, or causes others in the community to be uncomfortable is prohibited.
  10. Any violation of Open House hours or standards is subject to disciplinary actions, including fines and loss of privileges.
  11. All residents who are present at the time of the violation will be held responsible for the violation, regardless of whose guest was involved.

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Visitors & Overnight Guests

  1. Students of the opposite sex may only be on floors and in rooms/apartments during designated Open House hours.
  2. Residents must receive the permission of all roommates to have an overnight guest in their room or apartment.
  3. Overnight guests must be of the same sex as room/apartment occupants and may only stay in university housing a total of three (3) nights per semester.
  4. Guests may not visit over Christmas Break.
  5. Overnight guests must be registered with Residence Life via the appropriate online guest registration form.
  6. Students who have not completed enrollment by the enrollment deadline or who were required to move out of university housing may not stay as any other student’s guests or store their belongings in university housing.
  7. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
  8. Non-Biola visitors must be accompanied by a Biola student while in the residence halls or apartments.
  9. Unaccompanied minors may not use vending machines.
  10. The university reserves the right to require guests to leave if they are in violation of university rules and regulations or of federal, state or local laws, or are disruptive to the university community.

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Vacancies

  1. All vacancies in rooms or apartments are available for student assignment at any time at the discretion of the housing office. All vacancies are equally available for assignment, and no space is available for “last priority” or “protection” unless the vacancy has been “bought out."
  2. The housing office will attempt to notify residents in advance of new roommates, though the notification may be on the same date in which the new student moves in.
  3. All furniture assigned to a room must remain in that room for the entire academic year, even if fewer students live in the room than the planned occupancy for that room.
  4. Any resident who makes it impossible or undesirable for a new roommate to fill a vacancy in the room through their behavior or attitude or by moving personal belongings into the vacant space will be considered to have “bought out” the vacancy and billed retroactively to the date the space became vacant. The student may also be subject to disciplinary action.
  5. Students are not expected to fill empty spaces in their room created by student cancellations.

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Absence & Illness

  1. To keep staff informed in case of an emergency, students should notify their roommate and the Residence Life staff and provide an emergency contact number and expected return date if they anticipate being absent for more than 24 hours from their room or apartment.
  2. Students should immediately notify Campus Safety or Residence Life staff in case of serious injury or illness.

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