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- Residency Requirement
- Halls, Apartments & Meal Plans
- Apply for Housing
- Request to Be a Commuter
- Housing Assignment Dates
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Insurance for Personal Belongings
We are so excited you are choosing to live in Biola housing!
We believe (and research shows) the opportunities that come with living in a residence hall on campus will have many benefits for you as a Biola student. You will be living with peers, learning from each other, developing life skills, making deep friendships and having opportunities to experience close Christian community in ways few others get to experience.
2020–21 Academic Year:
Students born after August 31, 2000 (younger than 20 years old by the first day of fall classes) are REQUIRED to live on campus OR commute from their parents'/guardians' home for both fall 2020 and spring 2021.
Halls, Apartments & Meal Plans
Apply for Housing
If you are ready to apply for Biola Housing, pay the $250 housing deposit by credit card on MyAccount TouchNet or in person at the Cashier's Office (lower level Metzger Hall).
Once the deposit has been paid, log in to MyHousing & Dining Self-Service to complete the Biola housing application.
If you were younger than 18 years old at the time you applied, download the 2019–20 housing contract and have your parent/guardian sign it. You may email it to email@example.com, or mail it to Biola University, ATTN: Housing, 13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639.
Request to Be a Commuter
If you are under age 20 and would like to commute from your parents'/guardians' home or if you are an incoming student over age 20 and want to commute from your parents'/guardian's home or non-Biola housing, please complete the Intent to Commute Form on MyHousing & Dining Self-Service (available Feb. 1 to May 1, late fall admits can complete it after May 1).
Housing Assignment Dates
Fall 2020 Housing Assignments
The fall 2020 Housing Application is available Feb. 1 to August 31, 2020. Priority placement will be given to students who apply for housing prior to May 5. Those priority students will be emailed details of their housing assignment by June 15!
In addition, the first 50 students who submit their housing deposit and complete their housing application will be guaranteed placement in one of their top three building preferences. Exception – we cannot guarantee apartment placement at this time.
Late assignments (May 5 to August 4) will be made on a rolling basis. An "Estimated Housing Charge" may be placed on your student account until your official assignment is made.
Housing assignments and roommate contact information will be emailed to incoming students at their Biola email address and will also be available on MyHousing & Dining Self-Service.
Fall 2020 new residents will be invited to move in starting Thursday, August 27, 2020. More move-in details will be sent in the assignment notification email.
Fall meal plans start on Thursday, August 27, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I find the 2019–20 housing contract?
- Request a specific roommate? Yes. For the fall semester, you can roommate match on MyHousing & Dining Self-Service until early May. For the spring semester, there is a field on the Housing Application that asks if you have a specific roommate request.
- Bed/Mattress size? Standard twin
- What to bring? Packing list suggestions
- What furniture is provided in my room? (see each hall's page for additional amenities). Standard twin bed & mattress, bookshelf, desk, desk chair, wardrobe/closet, dresser with drawers.
- What appliances does Biola provide in their Apartments? Refrigerator, stove, microwave, garbage disposal, couch, dining table with chairs.
- What kind of personal appliances (fridges, TVs, etc.) can I bring? Radios, clocks, lamps, computers, TVs (size limit applies), refrigerator (size and total number limit applies), surge-protectors, printers.
- What things are prohibited within Biola housing? Microwaves, hot plates, heated cooking appliances, extension cords (use surge-protectors instead), air conditioners, space heaters, wifi routers, halogen lamps.
- Student Mailbox and Address information. Mailboxes are assigned after students pay their down-payment for Student Account charges. Before then, students can send packages to the Biola address with their full name and the words "NEW STUDENT" instead of a box number.
- Cost of Biola housing?
- Cost of meal plans?
- Are meal plans required? Residence Hall residents must have at least the 10 meal plan.
- More about my residence hall or apartment?
- What about my laundry? Available in every building, with card-operated system (or coin-operated in Biola's Block Apartments).
- What do I need to know about parking my vehicle on campus? Always need a parking permit, except during move-in weekend.
- What are the rules about bicycles?
Insurance for Personal Belongings
Biola University is not responsible for damage to or loss of personal belongings in University Housing, which are a result of fire, wind, water, insects, rodents, vandalism, or theft. When damage or loss is reported, the University will take reasonable steps to attempt to resolve the problem, but residents are solely responsible for all personal belongings.
Residents are encouraged to make sure personal belongings are covered by their parent's homeowners policy or a renter's insurance policy. The Biola Housing Department also encourages commuter students residing off-campus (non-Biola housing) to obtain homeowner's or renter's insurance to protect oneself against unforeseen circumstances.