Alpha West Hall


Sarah Brown

Resident Director

Office Phone: x6561

"Alpha is the only all girls resident hall at Biola, which leads to a vibrant, intimate community. The Residence Life staff in Alpha West help cultivate an atmosphere that allows women to grow in their faith, self awareness and learning how to engage in a Christ centered community. It truly is a gift to serve as the resident director of such a beautiful community. I have learned so much as I have walked with the women of this community in their highs and lows, and am excited for you to be a part of this community."

— Sarah Brown, Alpha West Resident Director

Quick Facts

Alpha West is staffed by 6 RAs, under the supervision of Resident Director Sarah Brown. Alpha is a traditional 'dorm-style' hall with community restrooms and a laundry room on each floor. There is a large main-floor lounge, a rooftop sundeck, a main kitchen, and two microwave rooms. The lounges, prayer room, and study room were recently renovated to create a warm, inviting community area for residents.

Alpha Hall Community Lounge
Alpha Hall Exterior
Alpha Hall
Alpha Hall Exterior
Alpha Hall Sundeck
Alpha Community Lounge
Alpha Hall Community Lounge

Community Snapshot

  • Female
  • 360 Residents (total)
  • 3 Stories
  • 6 Resident Advisors
  • 1 Kitchen (total)
  • 12/12 Washers/Dryers
  • Built 1966
  • 2 Community Lobbies (total)
  • Standard Rooms
  • Community Restrooms
  • 5 minute walk from the center of campus (0.3 mi.)

About Alpha

Built in 1966, Alpha is such a large residence hall that it is treated as two communities: the west wing is known as Alpha West and the east wing as Alpha East, each with its own RD and staff of RAs. Alpha is the last 'women only' hall on campus.

New! The lounges of Alpha Hall were completely renovated in Summer 2014 so that Alpha residents will have a comfortable, enjoyable hang-out place for fellowship and community-building.

Alpha West 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 per day, and Campus Safety patrols campus regularly to ensure student security at all times.


Hall Amenities

  • Private Sundeck
  • Air Conditioning
  • Nearby Parking
  • Heating
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • TV in Lounge
  • Community Kitchen
  • Bike Racks
  • Prayer Room
  • Fireplace
  • Nearby On-Campus Dining
  • Renovated Lounges
  • Study Room
  • 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.

Alpha Double Room
Sample Alpha Room
Sample Alpha Designated Triple Room

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Community Life

What Residents are Saying

I didn't actually want to live in Alpha for the reason that it was only girls (I've grown up with brothers, and interact easily with guys), but now I think it is one of the most wonderful things about it! There is no other time in life when you get the opportunity to live in community with over 300 girls who love Jesus!

-Kayla F.

Community Traditions

  • Candyland
  • Flannels and Flapjacks
  • Mock Rock
  • Nationball

Candyland — Every October 31st, Alpha East and West decorate their halls as the well-loved board game, Candyland. Children from the surrounding community come dressed up for a sweet adventure as they go door to door collecting treats from the residence.

Flannels and Flapjacks - Every spring the women of Alpha dress up in their best plaid for this woodsy tradition.

Alpha residents celebrate Nationball 2014
Alpha residents celebrate Nationball
Alpha Hall residents celebrate Nationball
Alpha residents celebrate Candyland
Alpha Hall residents celebrate Candyland
Alpha East residents enjoy GlampFest

Nationball photos courtesy Jenny Oetzell/THE CHIMES. Additional photos by Meleca Consultado.