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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! Transitioning to Biola is a process and we're here to help. From signing up for your campus meal plan to finding housing, there are many things to consider when you move here. Take a look below for more information on the next steps needed for your transition to Biola.

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

New Undergraduate Global Students are required to attend the Global Student Orientation on August 26 to 28, 2019. View the schedule and complete your registration today!

View Undergraduate Orientation Information

Graduate Orientation

New Graduate Global Students are required to attend both the appropriate Department Orientation and the Global Student Orientation on August 30, 2019. View the schedule and complete your registration today!

View Graduate Orientation Information

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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.

Early Move-In

Official move-in starts on August 31. However, if you are registered for global student orientation, you will be allowed to move in early on Monday, August 26 and on that day ONLY! If you do not attend global student orientation, you must wait until August 31 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 Monday, August 27. 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 26th. 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.

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.