3. Housing Reservation Deposits

New Incoming Residents’ Deposits

  • All accepted applicants who require housing and have paid their enrollment deposits must also pay a $250 housing reservation deposit at or before the time they complete the online Housing Application.
  • Applicants to the University who have paid the $250 housing reservation deposit but who decide not to attend Biola, to postpone enrollment, or not to reserve housing should request a refund of the housing reservation deposit in writing to the Housing Office.
    • Request for a refund must be received by the appropriate deadline:
      • Fall applicants, on or before July 1
      • Interterm/Spring applicants, on or before January 15
    • Request for a refund must be made in writing to the applicant’s Admissions Counselor.
    • Failure to give written notice of cancellation or postponement by the dates above will result in forfeiture of the housing reservation deposit.

Continuing Residents’ Deposits

  • Housing reservation deposits will continue to be held until a resident student graduates, withdraws from the University or permanently moves out of University housing.
    • Residents who withdraw from the University between semesters may request a refund of the housing reservation deposit from the Housing Office. Request for a refund must be received by the appropriate deadline. Failure to give written notice of cancellation by the dates below will result in forfeiture of the housing reservation deposit.
      • On or before July 15 if withdrawing for Fall semester.
      • On or before January 15 if withdrawing for Spring semester.
    • Request for a refund must be made in writing.
      E-mail:
      use “Housing Cancellation” in the subject line
      Or write:
      Housing Manager, Student Services Building
      Biola University
      13800 Biola Avenue
      La Mirada CA 90639
    • Residents who withdraw from the University during fall or spring semesters will have their deposits credited to their student account within 60 days of their withdrawal date.
    • Residents indicate that they will permanently leave housing either by not contracting for the upcoming academic year or by cancelling their current contract according to the stipulations in Contract Cancellation.
  • Housing reservation deposits will be refunded as a credit to the student’s account.
  • Students who leave the University temporarily (enroll in an off-campus study program, plan to re-admit) should request a refund of their housing deposit. The deposit will need to be paid again when the student returns to housing.
  • Students with signed Housing & Food Service Contracts who do not claim their Housing Assignment by the Housing Claim Deadline will forfeit their Housing Deposit unless they are withdrawing (see Check-In Procedures).