Housing Selection

Welcome to Housing Selection 2020-21 for current Biola students! 

Overview


  1. Get Informed! Attend the apartment overview session or the residence hall info session, or watch the video tutorials below.
  2. Submit your application by the designated deadlines
  3. Go through the roommate match process
  4. Select your room or apartment. Make sure you know which date is yours!

For information on where you are eligible to live and residency requirements, please see the Undergraduate Student Housing Handbook.

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Selection Schedule


  • February 24-28 — Apartment Information Session
  • March 9-13 — Residence Hall Information Session

  • February 24 — Application Open
  • March 2 – Application due for: Request to Commute, Age Exception and Request to Live with Incoming/Readmitted Student
  • March 11 — Apartment Application & Apartment Roommate Match Deadline
  • March 18 — Apartment selection
  • March 24 — Residence Hall Application & Roommate Match Deadline
  • March 26 — Same Hall Selection - Male
  • March 27 — Same Hall Selection - Female
  • March 30 — Any Hall Selection
  • March 31 – Individual Selection
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How to Apply


To apply, login to MyHousing & Dining Self-Service. Under Applications, go to “Continuing Students: Housing Application Fall 2020 and Spring 2021."

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Roommate Matching


Requirements for Roommate Matching and Apartment/Room Selection

  • Roommate matching for the apartments must be complete by March 11th, 2020. Your roommates must have completed the housing application and must be apartment eligible!
  • Roommate matching for the Residence Halls must be completed by March 24, 2020. If you need to, you can adjust your roommate groups any time before you select a room, but we strongly recommend you have your roommate groups settled by March 24th.
  • To be eligible to participate in the apartment/room selection phase, you must be matched online with one or more roommates. You also must be "fully matched" in the Housing system with your roommates.
  • Only fully matched roommate groups can select a room.
  • If you have not matched with a roommate, you can select an individual bed for yourself during the Individual Bed Selection Process.

Requesting a Specific Incoming Student Roommate in the Residence Halls

If you would like to request a specific incoming student as a roommate in the residence halls for next year:

  1. Complete the Request an Incoming Student as a Roommate form by March 25. This form is for continuing students to fill out only if your desired roommate is an incoming student. Do not fill out this form if you and your roommates are all continuing students.
  2. The incoming student must be accepted to Biola as a student by May 10.
  3. The Housing Office will roommate match you with your incoming student friend.
  4. You will then choose the room for you and your incoming roommate during the room selection phase.

Room Selection and Availability

During room selection, the housing system will only allow you to finalize selection of rooms large enough to accommodate your entire roommate group. For example, if you have four people in your roommate group, then housing self-service will only allow you to finalize selection of a four-person suite or apartment.

We recommend that you and your roommate-matched friends talk over all your options in advance so that you have plans ready to go. Ask yourself questions like: 

  • If there are no rooms large enough for our roommate group size, how will we split up our roommate group into smaller roommate groups? Who will room with whom? 
  • If our preferred building is not available, which buildings are our second, third, fourth and fifth choices? Will we wait until the next selection process and try again with our same roommate group?
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Apartment Selection


Apartment Raffle

When: Monday, March 16

Who: Apartment eligible roommate groups

Details:

  • The apartment raffle lets students know whether they will get an apartment early, so they have time to make alternate housing plans if necessary.
  • The raffle organizes apartment-eligible roommate groups by seniority and guarantees apartments starting with the highest-ranking roommate group until all apartment spaces have been filled.
  • Priority is given to current Biola Housing residents who will be seniors in the coming school year (88+ credits in progress as of spring 2019). The more upcoming seniors who are current housing residents that you have in your roommate group, the higher your group’s priority will be.
  • All students who do not receive an apartment will automatically be included in the residence hall selection process.
  • Students 20+ years old get priority in the residence hall selection March 28-April 1 (with their same roommate group, or with different roommates).
  • Eligible students may choose non-Biola housing. (If so, unmatch from any roommates and do not select a bed in Biola housing.)
  • Students who do not receive an apartment may be waitlisted for the apartments in case of future cancellations. Even though you've filled out a housing application, you are not contracted for housing until you actually select a bed/room.

Apartment Selection Process

When: Wednesday, March 18 at noon

Who: Roommate groups who were guaranteed an apartment during the raffle

Details:

  • The "Team Captain" who has the earliest selection time can select the apartment for their entire group.
  • The housing system will only allow you to finalize selection of apartments large enough to accommodate your entire roommate group.
  • Your roommate group must completely fill the apartment (no empty beds).
  • In the Biola Apartments there are approximately:
    • 28 two-person apartments
    • 21 three-person apartments
    • 140 four-person apartments
    • 1 five-person female apartment in the La Mirada Apartments
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Same Hall Selection


When

  • Male — Thursday, March 26 at noon 
  • Female — Friday, March 27 at noon

Who

  • Current residents of Alpha, Blackstone, Hart, Hope, Horton, Sigma, Stewart and Thompson who did not select an apartment
  • The "Team Captain" who has the earliest selection time selects the room in his/her current hall for their entire group. Only current residence hall residents will receive selection times.
  • Current commuters or current apartment residents will not receive a selection time, but can be pulled into a room by a matched roommate who currently live in a residence hall.

Details:

  • Priority: Students who will be 20 years old or older by the first day of fall classes (August 31, 2020) select first, followed by residents 19 years old and younger.
  • Thompson Hall is only for students who will be 20 years old or older by the first day of fall classes (August 31, 2020).
  • You may select any available room from your current hall or your matched roommate(s) can select from their current hall.
  • Alpha residents can choose East or West rooms; Hope and Horton residents can choose South or North rooms.
  • You can pull-in matched roommates who are not currently living in your hall.
  • You do not get priority in choosing your same room. You get priority anywhere in your hall. Feel free to select your same room if available, or a room from your same floor or a different floor in your hall!
  • Note: some rooms may have changed their room types for next year!
  • Some rooms have been set aside for next year's incoming students. 
  • If you do not want to stay in your current hall for next year, you need to have your matched roommate pull you into their current hall during Same Hall Selection or wait until Any Hall Selection to select a room in another building.
  • Your roommate group must be able to fill the room (i.e. a roommate group of two for a double room, a roommate group of three for a triple room).
  • Note: some buildings may fill up completely during Same Hall Selection.
  • Selection begins at 12 noon.
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Any Hall Selection


When: March 30th

    Who: Any applicant who has not yet selected a room or apartment. The “Team Captain” who has the earliest selection time selects the room for their entire group.

      Details:

      • Priority: Students who will be 20 years old or older by the first day of fall classes (September 3, 2019) select first, followed by residents 19 years old and younger.
      • Thompson Hall is only for students who will be 20 years old or older by the first day of fall classes (September 3, 2019).
      • Select from any remaining available rooms in any residence hall.
      • Your roommate group must be able to fill the room (i.e. a roommate group of two for a double room, a roommate group of three for a triple room).
      • Selection begins at 12 noon.
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      Individual Bed and Late Application Selection


      When: March 31st

        Who:

        • Any applicant who has not yet selected a bed, including late applicants.
        • If a residence required student has not selected a room in a previous selection process and has not been approved to commute, they must select a bed during this selection process. Otherwise, they will be assigned one.
        • Students interested in designated singles in Blackstone or Sigma only: Remember, these rooms are limited and are at a price point of 1 1/2 times the price of a regular, double occupancy room. Specific instructions will be sent to the students who indicate they want a single room on their housing application.

          Details:

          • Thompson Hall is only for students who will be 20 years old or older by the first day of fall classes (September 3, 2019).
          • You are not required to fill a room. Select one individual bed for yourself from any available room in any residence hall.
          • You do not have to have a matched roommate group to select a bed.
          • Another student will select or be assigned to the other available bed(s) in your room.
          • If you have friends who don’t have beds yet, you can room together by selecting individual beds in the same room.
          • Selection begins at 12 noon.
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          Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


          Housing Contract, Cancellation and Rates

          You are contracted for housing for the full academic year (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) 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

          Special Request Forms

            Special Housing Accommodation

              • If you currently have a Special Housing Accommodation for a documented medical, physical or psychological reason and would like to request to renew it for next year, follow these steps:
                • Answer Yes on the housing application's question about renewing your request
                • The Housing Office and the Learning Center will follow up with you about your request
                • If the Learning Center approves your request, the Housing Office will assign you to a suitable room

              Housing Eligibility

              For information on where you are eligible to live and residency requirements, please see the Undergraduate Student Housing Handbook.

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