Housing Selection

Welcome to Housing Selection 2019–20 for current Biola students!

Mandatory Steps


Make sure you understand the four mandatory steps of selecting housing:

  1. Get Informed! Attend the apartment overview session or the residence hall info session, or watch the video tutorials below.
    • February 26 — Apartment Overview Session
    • March 14 — Residence Hall Information Session
  2. Submit your application by the designated deadlines
    • February 26–March 26 — Residence Hall Application Deadline
    • March 13 — Apartment Application Deadline
  3. Go through the roommate match process
    • February 26–March 26 — Residence Halls
    • March 13 — Apartments
  4. Select your room or apartment. Make sure you know which date is yours!
    • March 19 — Apartment selection
    • March 28 — Male Same Hall selection
    • March 29 — Female Same Hall selection
    • April 1 — Any Hall selection
    • April 2 — Single Room, Individual Bed and Late Applicant selection

Special Request Forms

  1. For students who have a birthdate near September 3, 1999, and would like to request an exception to live in the Biola Apartments: Exception to Live in Biola Apartments Request Google Form
  2. For students under the age of 20 who plan to commute from a parent/guardian home or need to request to live off campus for any other reason: Exception to Commute Google Form
  3. For students who want to live with an Incoming Fall Student (not a current student), fill out the Request For Incoming Roommate Form by March 12th for the Apartments or March 25th for the Residence Halls. 
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Important Dates


  • February 26–March 26: Fall 2019 housing application is open for continuing students
  • February 26–March 26: Roommate matching is open for continuing students
  • February 26: Apartment info session, 6–7 p.m., Mayers Auditorium
  • March 13: Deadline for apartment applicants to apply and complete roommate matching
  • March 14: Residence hall info session 6–7 p.m., Mayers Auditorium
  • March 18: Apartment raffle results and selection times emailed to apartment applicants
  • March 19: Apartment selection for those guaranteed apartments
  • March 28: Same Hall Selection Process (male)
  • March 29: Same Hall Selection Process (female)
  • April 1: Any Hall Selection Process (female & male)
  • April 2: Individual Bed & Late Applicants Selection Process (female & male)
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Where You Can Live


Biola Residence Requirement

Full-time students 19 years or younger

Full-time students 19 years old or younger by the first day of fall classes (September 3, 2019) are required either to live in Biola housing or to commute from their parents'/guardians' home.

Commuter students

If you are planning to commute from your parents' or guardians' home or need to request an exception to live off-campus for another reason, please submit an Exception to Commute Google Form by March 20, 2019.

Students age 20+ by first day of fall classes (September 3, 2019)

If you will be age 20+ by the first day of fall classes (September 3, 2019), you are automatically approved to live off-campus, if you want. You do not need to submit the Exception to Commute Google Form.

Biola Residence Halls

Any unmarried undergraduate student is eligible to live in Alpha, Blackstone, Hart, Hope, Horton, Sigma or Stewart Halls. Thompson Hall is reserved for students age 20+ by the first day of fall classes. Thompson Hall is a residence hall and does not have kitchens, so a meal plan is required for all residents living there.

Students age 20+ by the first day of fall classes get priority in selecting a room during Same Hall and Any Hall Selection Processes.

During Same Hall Selection, priority is given to current residents of these halls, who are allowed to have roommates that currently live in other halls, apartments or off-campus.

Some rooms on each floor of each residence hall will be reserved for incoming students and will not be available to select.

Please note: We are not planning to have designated triple rooms available during housing selection, only the large permanent triple rooms in Hope and Horton. Please plan accordingly.

Biola Apartments

Students who will be age 20+ by the first day of fall classes (September 3, 2019) are eligible to select one of the Biola apartments. All students in your roommate group must meet this criteria to be eligible for a Biola apartment.

The Biola apartments include:

  • The Block
    • Beachcomber
    • Lido Mirada
    • La Mirada
    • Tropicana
    • Tradewinds
  • The Bluff
    • Li
    • Welch

Thompson Hall is a dorm, not an apartment complex. The Biola apartments are considered on-campus living for financial aid purposes since they are managed by Biola, even though some buildings are located physically off-campus.

Students whose birthdate is close to September 3, 1999 may fill out the Exception to Live in Biola Apartments Request Google Form by March 12, 2019 to request an exception.

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Housing Contract, Cancellation and Rates


You are contracted for housing for the full academic year (fall 2019 and spring 2020) when you or your matched roommate select a bed/room/apartment during any of the selection processes. All the terms of the housing contract and housing handbook are in effect.

Cancellation fees apply after selecting a room or apartment. Before selecting a room/apartment, review all the cancellation details, especially the fees. Cancellation fees are two months' rent, plus daily charges and deposit forfeiture.

You cannot change your room after selecting it. If you don't want the room, don't select it! Cancellation fees apply after selecting a room or apartment.

The room you or your roommate select will be yours for the fall and spring semesters. You will have an opportunity to participate in a room change at the start of each semester and may make a change at that time.

Have multiple plans! It is very important that you and your matched roommate group have multiple plans thought out ahead of time so that you know what you will do if your preferred building or room type is not available during your selection time.

View Housing Rates for the Upcoming Year

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