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Living in Campus Housing

We are so excited that you’ve chosen to live in Biola’s Undergraduate Housing. Below are guidelines regarding living in campus housing. Students should also ensure they are familiar with the Student Handbook.

Building Information

Explore our Residence Halls and Apartments.

Room Types

  1. Designated Single Rooms
    1. Each year, if occupancy demand permits, a limited number of rooms in specific halls which are normally designed for double occupancy will be offered as single occupancy. These rooms are known as designated singles.
    2. Students living in designated singles pay $8,732 per academic year for as long as the room is considered a designated single by the Housing & Residence Life Office.
      1. TLC Single Rooms
        1. Rooms are allocated for students with special needs that indicate single occupancy is required. Eligibility for these singles is determined by The Learning Center (TLC).
        2. Students living in TLC single rooms pay the same room rate as double-occupancy residents of the hall in which the single is located.
  2. Permanent Single Rooms
    1. Permanent singles are rooms that are designed in size for one occupant, or which have been determined to be too small for two occupants. Permanent singles are located in Hope Hall and Horton Hall.
    2. All permanent single rooms in Hope and Horton Halls are reserved for use by residents needing special housing accommodations for medical or psychological reasons and are assigned in conjunction with The Learning Center, which may need to evaluate medical documentation for the student.
  3. Designated Triple Rooms
    1. Each year, if the University deems it necessary in order to accommodate new incoming students, rooms normally designed for double occupancy will be designated as three-to-a-room occupancy. These rooms are known as designated triples.
    2. Students living in designated triples receive a discount of 25% off the double-occupancy room rate for that building for as long as the room is considered a designated triple by the Housing & Residence Life Office.
  4. Permanent Triple Rooms
    1. Permanent triples are rooms that are designed in size for a minimum of three occupants. Permanent triples are located in Hope Hall and Horton Hall. Permanent triple rooms have the same per-person room rate as double-occupancy rooms in the same building.

Open Hours

Open House hours help students value, develop, and maintain healthy friendships with the same sex as well as to develop healthy, Christ-honoring relationships in sexual purity with students of the opposite sex.

Students of the opposite sex may only be on floors and in room/apartments during designated Open House hours.

Residence Hall Open Hours 

  • 2–11 p.m. — Thursday - Sunday

Apartments Open Hours

  • 12–11 p.m. — Sundays through Thursdays
  • 12 p.m.–1 a.m. — Fridays and Saturdays

Additional Open Hours Policies

  1. Open House hours will begin on the first day of classes or later, as publicized by Residence Life.
  2. Open House hours are suspended except in Thompson Hall and the apartments during Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break and finals week of both semesters.
  3. All doors will remain wide open while guests are present.
  4. Any behavior that is considered compromising, sexually inappropriate, or causes others in the community to be uncomfortable is prohibited.
  5. Any violation of Open House hours or standards is subject to disciplinary actions, including fines and loss of privileges.
  6. All residents who are present at the time of the violation will be held responsible for the violation, regardless of whose guest was involved.

    Room Change

    1. Students are assigned to one specific room or apartment for the duration of the academic year and are not permitted to change rooms.
    2. Room Change periods may be offered at the discretion of the Housing & Residence Life office based on availability.
    3. Any requests for a “special exception” room change must be approved by the appropriate Resident Director or Graduate Assistant and by the Director of Housing & Residence Life. Approval is not guaranteed and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
    4. Students who change rooms without permission in advance from the housing office will be fined at least $100 and may be required to move back to their original housing assignment.
    5. Students with certain sanctions from Housing & Residence Life may not be eligible to participate in Room Change.

    Visitors & Overnight Guests

    1. Students of the opposite sex may only be on floors and in rooms/apartments during designated Open House hours.
    2. Residents may not have overnight guests.
    3. Guests may not visit over Christmas Break.
    4. Students who have not completed enrollment by the enrollment deadline or who were required to move out of university housing may not stay as any other student’s guests or store their belongings in university housing.
    5. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
    6. Non-Biola visitors must be accompanied by a Biola student while in the residence halls or apartments.
    7. Unaccompanied minors may not use vending machines.
    8. The university reserves the right to require guests to leave if they are in violation of university rules and regulations or of federal, state or local laws, or are disruptive to the university community.


    1. The university provides wireless internet access in residence halls and apartments.
    2. University telephones are located in each residence hall floor and in The Bluff rooms and apartments. Students may call other rooms or Biola offices without charge. All other calls must be completed at the student’s cost using a calling card or via an internet-based service through the student’s computer.
    3. Food and drink vending machines are provided in the residence halls.

    Furniture and Furnishings

    1. Provided Furniture & Apartment Appliances: Each residence hall room and apartment bedroom is furnished with one standard-size twin bed, one desk, one bookcase, one wardrobe or closet, and one desk chair for each planned resident, and one wastebasket per bedroom. Each apartment living area is furnished with a couch and/or arm chair, occasional table(s), dining set, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven and garbage disposal.
    2. Vacuum cleaners are provided in each residence hall and apartment building.
    3. Students may not provide their own mattresses due to the increase of bed bug contamination. Students with medical conditions requiring a specific type of mattress may contact Residential Facilities for information about medical exceptions.
    4. Residence hall and apartment kitchens are not equipped with cookware, dishes or utensils.
    5. Furnishings are not to be removed at any time from the Residence Hall room or Apartment to which they are assigned, and “extra” furniture is not provided by the university. Furnishings include room furniture, drapes, blinds, mattresses, paint, carpet, floor tile, wastebaskets, telephones where provided and window sticks/locks. Charges for replacing missing furnishings will be billed to the individual(s) to whose room that equipment is assigned. There may also be a charge for returning furniture to rooms if it is removed.
    6. Mattresses must remain on bed frames, and may not be placed directly on the floor.
    7. Residents may rearrange the furniture in their rooms or apartments as long as they structure of the rooms and all permanent features remain unchanged and as long as furniture is set up according to approved configurations.
    8. Beds may be lofted or bunked only according to approved configurations, as defined by Residential Facilities. Personal lofts or platforms are prohibited. Lofted and bunked beds are installed with a safety side rail. If a student elects to remove the safety rail, he/she must sign a waiver of liability. The maximum height of the upper level mattress support surface for lofted or bunked beds is 59 inches. Bunked beds may have only two sleeping surfaced.
    9. Any furniture set up in unapproved configurations may be reassembled by university personnel.
    10. Residents of suites or apartments may not arrange their furnishings so that one room of the suite or one of the apartment bedrooms is a sleeping room and the other room is a living/study room.
    11. Electrical outlets, switches and lighting fixtures may not be removed, altered or added, including ceiling fans.


    1. Residents, students and guests are subject to all terms of Campus Safety’s Vehicle & Safety Regulations.
    2. Bicycle registration is mandatory for all students and employees to ride or park a bicycle on the Biola campus or at the Biola-owned apartments on Rosecrans Avenue.
    3. Bicycle registration is free, and may be done any time with Campus Safety.
    4. Bicycles may only be parked in a bike rack and must be locked with a U–lock or similar-style lock to deter theft. Cable locks may be used in addition to a U-lock but are not sufficient to secure a bicycle alone. 
    5. Bicycles must not be secured to or rested against objects such as benches, poles, signs, trees, fences or railings.
    6. Bicycles may not be parked in any building lobby, deck, courtyard, hallway, restroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other room unless the area has been designated for parking. Students may park bicycles in their own residence hall room or apartment.
    7. Bicycles may not be operated or ridden inside residence halls or apartments.

    Common Areas

    No personal belongings are to be left in any common areas (hallways, lobbies, bathrooms, lounges, laundry rooms, kitchens, etc.) Surfboards, wetsuits and sports gear are not to be left in tubs, showers or laundry sinks.


    1. Residence hall kitchens are for preparing snacks and for special occasions, not for cooking on a regular basis.
    2. Food preparation and cooking is permitted in residence hall or apartment kitchens only, not in bedrooms, hallways, restrooms, or lounges.
    3. Residents using any kitchen are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.
    4. See also Furniture and Furnishings above.

    Laundry Rooms

    1. Laundry rooms and laundry equipment are for the exclusive use of residents.
    2. Residents may not store their belongings in laundry rooms.
    3. Clothes may only be dried inside laundry rooms.
    4. Laundry machines in Biola housing are operated using the PayRange app. Residents who do not have a smart-phone or tablet, or who do not wish to use the PayRange app may use quarters. See the laundry website for additional information.
    5. Laundry machines are owned and maintained by a third-party vendor, not by Biola University.


    1. The university does not provide storage for student belongings, including during the summer.
    2. Personal items may not be stored in community restrooms or laundry rooms. Personal items left in these rooms will be discarded.
    3. Engines, motorcycles, mopeds, jet skis, tires, gasoline, oil cans or other flammable petroleum products may not be stored in any residence hall or apartment building at any time.
    4. Storage of hazardous or toxic chemicals, substances or materials is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: charcoal briquettes, charcoal starter fluid and other barbecue materials, propane tanks/bottles and photographic development chemicals.
    5. After spring check out, any personal property left in the residence halls or apartments will be considered abandoned and will be discarded.