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New Student Transition

Students on campus during the global student orientation

Welcome to Biola University! We are excited you have chosen to be part of our community - even though it may look a lot different this semester than any of us expected. Even though you may not physically be on-campus this semester, we do know that there are still many transitions that come with starting at Biola.

While some of these may apply to when you join us in-person at Biola, feel free to explore some of the resources below and linked throughout this page. If you have any questions, please email us at – thank you!

Next Steps

Our goal is to make your transition to Biola University as smooth as possible. Please complete the following steps to ensure a smooth transition:

  1. Sign up for orientation
  2. Sign up for housing
  3. Prepare for travel
  4. Check your e-mail regularly


Undergraduate Orientation

While we may not physically be together for the New Global Student Orientation this semester, we are excited to offer opportunities to meet GSPD staff and student leaders through a Canvas module built specifically for global students, and to connect with other global students.

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Graduate Orientation

This semester, the Graduate Global Orientation will be completed all-virtually through a series of Canvas modules built specifically for global students. Additionally, we will be having exciting opportunities once the semester starts created for you as graduate global students in mind.

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For the most up-to-date information on housing for the fall semester, please visit For direct questions, please email Undergraduate Housing at and Graduate Housing at

The information below may be helpful in navigating Biola Housing in future semesters, but may no longer be accurate for the fall 2020 semester.

Undergraduate Housing

Complete your Housing Application to request Biola Housing. If you plan to live off-campus and commute, you must submit a request to live off-campus. For more information on Biola’s on-campus and off-campus housing options, please visit the Biola Housing site.

Early Move-In

Official move-in starts on August 27. However, if you are registered for global student orientation, you will be allowed to move in early on Tuesday, August 25 and on that day ONLY! If you do not attend global student orientation, you must wait until August 27 to move in.

Graduate Housing

Biola has a variety of housing options for graduate students. Once you decide on housing, confirm your move-in date and procedure. Don’t delay–these housing options fill up fast!

View details on graduate and married housing.

Additional Options

If you would like to live off campus, check out other community options.

If you still cannot find something that fits your needs, or need more personal assistance, please contact our office and we can assist you, at

If you arrive in California at an earlier date and need a hotel, Biola recommends these local accommodations.

Travel Preparation


We highly suggest that you pack light and buy the majority of your necessities when you get here. There will be many opportunities to go shopping, including a fun trip to many stores on Tuesday, August 25th. We recommend that you only bring personal items with you.

Airport Pick Up

Make your travel arrangements to fly into LAX. If you need to be picked up from the airport, please note that we only provide transportation from LAX to Biola between 6 a.m.–3 p.m. on August 25th. Let us know when you are signing up for orientation if this is something that you would like, and we will contact you with more details.

Traveling with Cash

Carrying some amounts of cash is okay while you’re traveling, but it isn’t a good idea to carry too much. There are also limits on how much you are allowed to carry. Instead, consider some non-cash alternatives:

  • A prepaid debit card. This allows you to travel with ‘cash’ that you ‘load’ onto it in your home country. If the card is lost or stolen, you can cancel the card and get a new one.
  • Wire transfer services. Some services (like Western Union) allow you to transfer money to yourself in the United States. Then you can pick up the money after you arrive.
  • Check with your bank in your home country. Often, you can use your debit card in the US for a small fee but a good exchange rate.

During New Student Orientation, there will be further instructions and opportunities to open a US bank account.

Check your email

Global Student Programs and Development will be sending you updated emails regularly. Make sure to keep up to date on the schedule as well as let us know any changes that have happened on your end. This will help us all have a smooth transition.