Apply for Housing

ALL Incoming Students must complete one of the following

  • the Housing Application to live on-campus
  • OR the Request to Commute Application to live in non-Biola (off-campus) Housing OR at their guardians'/parents' home

Residency Requirement

Any student under 20 years old by the first day of Fall Classes (Wednesday, August 24, 2016) is required either to live on-campus OR commute from their parents'/guardians' home.


Pay Enrollment Deposit

NEW Incoming Students must first pay their Enrollment Deposit to convert from being an "applicant" to being a "student." Click the "Enrollment Deposit" button on the Admissions website for instructions on how to pay. Once you pay your Enrollment Deposit, you will have access to the "Student" tab on MyBiola within a few business days.

Priority Housing Application Deadline



Step 1: Pay Housing Deposit

Incoming Students, Current Commuters, returning Study Abroad students, or students without a Housing Deposit on file need to pay their Housing Deposit to unlock the Housing Application.

To pay the $250 Housing Deposit, log into MyBiola. On the "Student Finances" tab select "Manage My Account."

On the new page that opens, select the "E-Deposits" tab, select the appropriate semester, and choose to pay the "Undergrad Housing Deposit" with your credit card.

You will then have immediate access to complete the Housing Application.


Step 2: Apply for Biola Housing

Several days after you pay your Enrollment Deposit, you will be able to complete our Housing Application.

How to Apply for Housing

  1. Login to Housing Self-Service using your Biola NetID and password
  2. Select the Housing Application from the top "Applications" menu
  3. Read thru and agree to the Housing Contract (a PDF copy is at the bottom of this page for future reference)
  4. Go thru each page of the Housing Application, answering the questions
  5. For Incoming Students, you may select your top 3 building preferences (please note: we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate your preferences, but we'll be happy to try)
  6. Select a meal plan (this can be adjusted later)
  7. If you're under age 18, then your parents will need to sign a PDF version of the Housing Contract after completing the Housing Application (see below).

If you do not see the Housing Application:

  1. Make sure you've paid your Housing Deposit (see Step 1 above) OR
  2. Contact the Housing Office to verify that the application is turned on

About Biola's Residence Halls & Apartments

Learn more about each of Biola's Halls & Apartments

About Biola's Meal Plans

Learn more about Biola's Meal Plans


Incoming Students: Housing Assignments

Information on when Housing Assignments for Incoming Students are issued is available on the Incoming Students page.


Incoming Fall Students: Request a Roommate

After completing your Housing Application, Incoming Students for the Fall semester may request by name a specific roommate from other Incoming Students who also have completed their Housing Application.

You can match with a specific roommate until Sunday, May 8, 2016. After May 8, contact the Housing Office for more information.


Cancelling Housing

The Housing Application contains the Housing Contract. Once the application is submitted, the Contract is binding and cancellation deadlines and fees may apply. See the Housing Handbook cancellation section for more details.

Incoming Students: Cancelling Housing

Written notice of Housing cancellation must be received before July 1 for Fall Incoming Students or before January 15 for Spring Incoming Students to avoid cancellation fees and Housing Deposit forfeit. See Housing cancellations for more details.

Continuing Students: Cancelling Housing

The Housing Contract goes into effect and cancellation fees apply once a Continuing Student submits their application and selects a room during Housing Selection or is assigned thru the Housing Office during the year. See Housing cancellations for more details.


Students Under 18

Students under 18 years old at the time of completing the Housing Contract must print out the Housing Contract and have their parents/guardians sign. You can then send the signed contract to Housingby email (undergrad.housing [at], by fax (562-906-4567), or by mail to:

Biola University
Attn: Housing Department
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639

You may find a copy of the Housing Contract attached to the confirmation email sent to your Biola email after you completed the Housing Application. Or find a PDF copy below.

The Housing Contract and Application will not be considered complete until the parent/guardian signature portion is received and processed by the Housing Department. Housing Assignments will not be made until the Housing Contract and Application are completed.


Next Steps

  1. You will receive an email at your Biola email when you room and roommate have been assigned (see timeline).
  2. You can look at a packing list, frequently asked questions, and more helpful information on the Incoming Students page.
  3. For move-in dates, see the Incoming Students page

Late Applicants

Students wishing to apply for Housing after the start of the Fall or Spring semester should complete the following steps:

1. Pay $250 Housing Deposit (see instructions above).
2. Complete the Housing Application (see instructions above). If the Housing Application does not appear on your Housing Self-Service and you have already paid your Housing Deposit, please contact the Housing Office to turn on the Housing Application for you.
3. Email the Housing Office to let us know you have completed the Housing Application and are seeking Housing.
4. The Housing Office will email you with a Housing Assignment.
5. Pay the required down-payment at the Accounting Office (may be 50+% of total semester Housing & Meal Plan charges).
6. Bring proof of payment to the Housing Office to check-in and start moving in.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639