Information for Incoming Students
We are so glad that you chosen Biola and are excited you have the opportunity to live on campus. We believe that living in a residence hall on campus has many benefits beyond just how close it puts you to class. You are living with peers, learning from each other, and having opportunities to experience close Christian community in ways most people don't have.
How to Apply for Housing
If you're looking for information on how to apply for Housing, please see the Housing Application & Deposit Information page.
Students under 20 are required to live on campus. If you are under age 20 and would like to commute from home, please see the information on how to Request to Commute on the Application Information page.
Request a Roommate
After completing your Housing Application, you can request a specific roommate from other Incoming Students by name before Tuesday, May 6. Just follow these roommate selection instructions [PDF]. The system will only let you find roommates by name who have already completed their Housing Application. So if you can't find your friend when searching by name, please make sure they have already completed their Housing Application.
Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Housing Assignments
- Priority Housing Assignments are given to students who apply between Fri, Feb. 14 - Thursday, May 1 (NATIONAL DEADLINE FOR ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT!)
- Any remaining openings will be given to students who apply after Friday, May 2
Housing Assignments will be available on MyBiola>MyHousing>Overview:
- For students who apply for Housing on or before May 1: available June 15
- For students who apply after May 1: available July 15
Spring 2015 Check-In
Housing Move-in/Check-in for Spring 2015 is Tuesday, January 20 through Monday, January 26 (12:oopm). See the check-in page for check-in locations and hours.
Check out the Campus Map for help in navigating to your Hall on Check-in Day.
The Student Orientation Services website has information about New Student Orientation week, including a schedule of activities and events. Check out what exciting things are happening as we welcome you to Biola this Fall!
You can have your Biola Student ID made at the Student Services building. Be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID with you.
Frequently Asked Questions for Incoming Students
- Cost of Biola Housing
- Packing List [PDF]
- Provided Room Furniture (see each Hall's page for additional ammenities)
- Student Mailbox and Address information. Find your mailbox number a few days before check-in on MyBiola>Student>MyHousing>Overview.
- Bed Heights Reference
- Provided Applicances for Apartments
- Information about Your Residence Hall or Apartment
- Permitted and Prohibited Personal Appliances (Fridges, TVs, etc.)
- Rules on Electric Extension Cords
- Prohibited Personal Items
- On-Campus Parking
- Parking Off-Campus
- Mail: mailboxes are assigned after students pay their down-payment for Fall's Student Account charges in mid-August. Before then, students can send packages to the Biola address with their full name and the words "NEW STUDENT" instead of a box number.
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 student's residing off-campus (non-Biola Housing) to obtain homeowner's or renter's insurance to protect oneself against unforeseen circumstances.