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Continuing Student Housing Selection Process

Welcome to Housing Selection 2020-2021 for current Biola Students!

Begin the Process

  1. Get Informed!

    • Attend the apartment and/or residence hall information session and watch the video tutorials.
  2. Submit your Housing Application.

    • Submit your Continuing Student Housing Application by the designated deadline. Your selection time will be sent to you at least 24 hours before your selection day.
    • Find the Housing Application on your MyHousing & Dining Self-Service page.
    • Please be sure to complete the application in its entirety! You will receive a confirmation email upon completion from undergrad.housing@biola.edu.
    • If you want to commute, please complete the Request to Commute form found in the FAQ section of this page.
  3. Roommate Match!

    • Roommate match on your MyHousing & Dining Self-Service page.
    • Those interested in Apartments must be roommate matched by March 11, 2020.
    • Those interested in Residence Halls: We recommend being roommate matched by March 24, 2020, but you can match throughout the selection process.
    • If you would like to roommate match with an Incoming OR Readmitted student, please complete the Request for Incoming/Readmitted Student Roommate form by March 25. Please do not fill out this form if you and your roommates are continuing students. The incoming/readmitted student must be accepted by Biola by May 10.
    • A few important things to note:
      • You will only be able to roommate match with students who have also completed the Housing Application.
      • If you want to be considered for an apartment, all roommates must be 20 years old before the first day of Fall classes! If you are not 20 before Fall classes, but would still like to be considered for the Apartments, please complete the Apartment Age Request Form. The Housing Team will review your request and get back to you with a decision within a week of your request submission.
  4. Select your apartment or room on YOUR selection date!

    • For more information on where you are eligible to live and residency requirements, please see the Undergraduate Student Housing Handbook.
    • We recommend that students/roommate groups talk over all of your options in advance so you have multiple plans heading into Selection!

Selection Schedule

  • February 24-28 — Apartment Overview Session
  • March 9-13 — Residence Hall Information Session
  • February 25 — Application Opens
  • March 11 — Apartment Application & Roommate Match Deadline
  • March 18 — Apartment selection
  • March 24 — Residence Hall Application & Roommate Match Deadline
  • March 26 — Male Same Hall selection
  • March 27 — Female Same Hall selection
  • March 30 — Any Hall selection
  • March 31 — Single Room, Individual Bed and Late Applicant selection

Selection Process Details

Apartment Selection

First Step: Apartment Raffle

  • Who participates: Fully matched groups of 2-4 roommates who are apartment eligible
  • What is the Apartment Raffle? The Apartment Raffle is a process that organizes apartment-eligible groups by seniority (class credit) and guarantees apartments starting with the highest-ranking roommate group until all apartment spaces are filled.
  • How priority/seniority is determined: Priority is given to current Biola Housing residents who will be seniors in the coming school year (88+ credits in progress as of Spring 2020). The more upcoming seniors who are also living in Biola Housing that you have in your roommate group, the higher your priority will be.

Second step: Apartment Selection

  • When: Wednesday, March 18th at 12 p.m.
  • Who participates: Roommate groups who were guaranteed an apartment through the Apartment Raffle process
  • Details: Someone in your group will log onto their MyHousing & Dining Self-Service page and select an apartment for your entire roommate group
  • Please note: you will only be able to see rooms that match the size of your apartment group (i.e. if you are a group of 3, you will ONLY see apartments for 3).

We didn’t get an apartment:

  • 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 residence hall selection March 28-April 1.
  • Eligible students may choose non-Biola housing (if this is the direction that is chosen, simply unmatch from your roommate group and do NOT select a bed in Biola Housing or you will be charged a cancellation fee).
  • Students who do not receive an apartment will be put on the apartment waitlist in case of future cancellations.

Same Hall Selection

  • When:
    • Male: Thursday, March 26 at 12 p.m.
    • Female: Friday, March 27 at 12 p.m.
  • Who: Anyone who lived in Alpha, Blackstone, Hart, Hope, Horton, Sigma, Stewart, or Thompson during the Spring 2020 semester who did not select an apartment during Apartment Selection
  • How priority is established: Those who will be 20+ years old by the first day of Fall classes select first, followed by students 19 years and younger.
  • Please note: Thompson Hall is only for students who will 20+ years old by the first day of Fall classes.
  • Details:
    • You may select any available room from your current Spring Semester hall or your matched roommate(s) can select from their current hall (for Alpha, Horton, and Hope Residents you may pick in either East/West or North/South).
    • Your “TEAM CAPTAIN” is the person in your roommate group with the earliest selection time. They will go in a select the room for your group.
    • You may not get your same room! Room types may have changed, some rooms get set aside for incoming students, etc.
    • Your roommate group MUST fill the occupancy of the room (i.e. if you’re a group of two, you will not be able to select a triple room. You will only see two-person rooms).

Any Hall Selection

  • When: March 30 at 12 p.m.
  • Who participates: Any student who has not yet selected a room or apartment
  • How priority is established: Those who will be 20+ years old by the first day of Fall classes select first, followed by students 19 years and younger
  • Please note: Thompson Hall is only for students who will 20+ years old by the first day of Fall classes.
  • Details: You are able to select ANY AVAILABLE ROOM in ANY Residence Hall that matches your roommate group’s number of people and age eligibility (i.e. groups of four will only see rooms for suites but in all residence halls that have suites, like Sigma or Stewart).
    • Please review details regarding your “Team Captain” in the Any Hall Selection above.

Individual Bed and Late Application Selection

  • When: March 31, 2020
  • Who participates: Any applicant who has not yet selected a bed and is a residency required student who has not been approved to commute!
  • How priority is established: This is a first-come-first-serve selection process.
  • Single rooms: Students interested in a designated single in Blackstone or single should note that there is a limited amount of these singles available and they come at an increased rate. Specific instructions will be sent to students who indicate that they are interested in a single room on their Housing Application.
  • Details: Unlike the other selections, you will be selecting a BED within a room (you do not need to be roommate matched here). Another student participating in Individual Bed Selection will be selecting the other bed in the room. If no one selects the other bed, the Housing Team will assign someone to the room later on based on lifestyle preference compatibility.

Special Requests and Accommodations

Request Forms

Please note: these forms are separate and must both be submitted if both options are desired.

  • Exception to Live in Biola Apartments Request
    • This form is for students who will be 20 years old shortly after the start of Fall Classes who would like an age exception to be considered for the Apartment Raffle process.
  • Exception to Commute form
    • This form is for students who are under the age of 20 who plant to commute from a parent/guardian home or need to request to live off campus for any other reason.

Special Housing Accommodation

If you currently have a Special Housing Accommodation for a documented medical, physical, or psychological reason and you would like to request to RENEW it for next year please follow these steps:

  1. Answer YES on the Housing Application’s question regarding renewing your request.
  2. Be on the lookout in your email for a follow up from the Housing Team and the Learning Center.
  3. If the Learning Center approves your request, the Housing Office will assign you to a suitable room.

Housing Contract, Cancellations and Rates

  • You are contracted for the FULL academic year (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) once you or a matched roommate select an apartment/room during any of the selection processes
  • Cancellation fees apply after selecting a room or apartment. Please refer to our Undergraduate Student Housing Handbook.
  • You cannot change your room after selecting it.
  • View Housing Rates for the upcoming year.