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Blackstone Hall

Quick Facts

Built in 2015, Blackstone is staffed by Resident Director Carlita Cartwright, and her team of 10 RAs. Blackstone is a unique housing option because it is comprehensive, housing all classes of students, as well as an affordable housing opportunity. Blackstone is also proud to offer a curriculum geared toward the development of First Generation students. With four lobbies and three kitchens, Blackstone offers every opportunity to experience community.

Blackstone Hall Exterior
Blackstone Hall Exterior
Blackstone Hall Courtyard
Blackstone Hall Courtyard
Blackstone Hall Lounge
Blackstone Hall Lounge
Blackstone Hall Exterior
Blackstone Hall Exterior
Blackstone Hall Patio
Blackstone Hall Patio
Blackstone Hall Lobby
Blackstone Hall Lobby
Blackstone Hall Exterior
Blackstone Hall Exterior
Blackstone Hall Exterior
Blackstone Hall Exterior

Community Snapshot

  • Male & Female
  • 320 Residents
  • Four Stories
  • Resident Advisors
  • Two Kitchens
  • Washers/Dryers
  • Built 2015
  • Community Lobbies on Each Floor
  • Standard Rooms
  • Community Restrooms
  • 8-minute walk from the center of campus (0.4 miles)

About Blackstone

Blackstone Hall was built in 2015 and is Biola’s comprehensive housing option.

Blackstone Hall was purposefully designed with 132 economy double rooms to provide more affordable housing for Biola's students. Each floor has 4-5 large double rooms as well for those wanting a bigger living space.

Blackstone Hall is named after Biola's first dean, William E. Blackstone (1841–1935). Blackstone was a successful Chicago businessman who gave away all his savings and luxurious home in his midlife to devote himself fully to Bible teaching, global evangelism and writing. His lifelong partnership with fellow Biola founder Lyman Stewart began in 1902 upon relocating from Chicago to Los Angeles. On Feb. 25, 1908, he was among the small group of evangelical leaders who met together in a prayer meeting for the founding of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Blackstone served the new institute as a founding trustee, officer and first dean of the educational program. Prior to his relocation to Los Angeles, Blackstone devoted himself to the Jewish people, founding the first mission for Jewish evangelism in the United States, the Chicago Hebrew Mission. Blackstone petitioned former President Benjamin Harrison in 1891 to help foster better cooperation between Jews and Arabs in Palestine. In 1913, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis asked Blackstone to reissue that petition to President Woodrow Wilson; it was, in Brandeis’ view, the best expression of humanitarian compassion toward the persecuted Jewish refugees and their human rights claims for a secure national homeland.

Blackstone is a LEED-certified green building and specially designed to enhance community building with elbow lounges on each floor, as well as co-ed community lobbies. Blackstone Hall's doors are secured by an electronic access system, so only students can access the building during the day, and only residents may enter the building at night. Each individual room is key-locked for student security. Security cameras in outside and common areas are monitored 24 hours a day, and Campus Safety patrols campus regularly to ensure student security at all times.


Hall Amenities

  • In-Building Dining Facility
  • Air Conditioning
  • Nearby Parking
  • Heating
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • TV in Lounge
  • Two Community Kitchens
  • Bike Racks
  • Outdoor BBQ Grills
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Additional Nearby On-Campus Dining
  • Two Community Balconies
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • LEED-Certified
  • 24/7 Campus Security

Room Amenities

Per Student

  • Bed ( view bed styles)
  • Desk
  • Standard Twin Mattress
  • Desk Chair
  • Bookshelf
  • Dresser Drawers
  • Wardrobe or Closet
  • Towel Bar
  • Mirror

Per Room

  • Window & Blinds
  • Wastebasket

Campus Amenities

  • Wifi Internet
  • Mailbox
  • On-campus Dining
  • Food Truck
  • Printing in Library
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Swimming Pool
  • Exercise Gym
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Soccer Field
  • Running Track
  • Baseball Field
  • Softball Field

Sample Rooms

Each room differs slightly, so your room may look different. There are many other ways to personalize the layout of your room from these samples.

Sample Blackstone Economy Double Room
Sample Blackstone Economy Double Room
Sample Blackstone Economy Double Room
Sample Blackstone Economy Double Room
Blackstone Economy Double Room

Community Life

What Residents are Saying

Residents have the privilege this year of building a brand new community and creating its traditions and legacy!

Community Traditions

  • Mock Rock
  • Nationball
Blackstone residents showing their dorm pride for the annual campuswide National Ball Dorm Competition.
Blackstone Resident Advisors enjoying a cruise ship-themed community event.
Blackstone Residents on the First All-Hall
Blackstone Residents at First All-Hall
Blackstone residents gathering together for the annual Christmas All-Hall event.


Carlita Cartwright

Resident Director

Office Phone: ext. 5875

"Hey, y’all! I am a multiracial woman who was raised in both the Bahamas and Michigan. I received my Bachelor’s in Educational Ministries and my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College & Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. I realized my passion for walking alongside college students when I worked at a university counseling center in the Midwest. I enjoyed working in a therapeutic setting, but decided I wanted to work with students in a more life-on-life capacity, which ultimately led to my current role at Biola. I have been the Resident Director for Blackstone Hall since the fall of 2018 and my desire is that Blackstone is truly a welcoming and safe space for students of all backgrounds, where hearts and minds can expand in awareness, empathy, understanding and love for the unique diversity we each bring to our community."

— Carlita Cartwright

Debra Mlambo

Graduate Assistant

"I am a First Generation student, born in Zimbabwe, Africa, who grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am a doctoral student at the Rosemead School of Psychology and am training to become a psychologist. I enjoy warm summer days and beautiful sunsets. I lived in Blackstone as an undergraduate student and walked away with some of my closest friends today. As the graduate assistant of Blackstone, I want to cultivate a warm and welcoming experience for all students."

— Debra Mlambo