Application Instructions

After submitting the Enrollment Deposit (priority deadline for Fall is May 1, 2015!) all Incoming Students must complete either the online Housing Application OR the Request to Commute Application.  The Admissions website has information on how to pay your Enrollment Deposit. Click the "Enrollment Deposit" button on the Admissions website for more information.

Late Applicants (after the start of Fall or Spring semesters), see instructions below.

Fall Applicants Priority Application Deadline: MAY 1

Step 1: Pay the Housing Deposit

New Applicants: Pay Your Housing Deposit First

Incoming Students, current commuters, or study abroad students need to pay their Housing Deposit to unlock the Housing Application. If you are a current resident, then you do NOT need to pay your Housing Deposit again.

If you do NOT have a Housing Deposit on file, then you must pay your Housing Deposit to unlock your Housing Application.

To pay the $250 Housing Deposit, log into MyBiola. On the "Student Finances" tab select "Manage My Account."

On the new page that opens, select the "E-Deposits" tab, select the appropriate semester, and choose to pay the "Undergrad Housing Deposit" with your credit card.

You will then have access to complete the Housing Application. Please note: you should have immediate access to complete your Housing Application, but in rare cases it may take a few minutes or hours to update your access to the Housing Application.

Residence Requirement

Any student under 20 years old by the first day of Fall Classes (Wednesday, August 26, 2015) is REQUIRED to live on campus OR commute from their parents' home.

Step 2: Apply for Biola Housing

Several days after you pay your Enrollment Deposit, you will have access to MyBiola's Student tab. You are then ready to complete your Housing Application.

The Spring 2016 Biola Housing Application for new Spring applicants is now available. A PDF walk-through of the Fall application process is available here.

Find the Spring 2016 Incoming Housing Application at:

MyBiola>Student> MyHousing> ApplyOnline

How to Request to Commute: Live Off-Campus

If you are planning to live at home or live off-campus, then this is the alternative to Step 2: Apply for Housing above.

The Request to Commute Application for ALL COMMUTERS is available now. A PDF walk-through of the process is available here.

Find the Request to Commute at:

MyBiola>Student> MyHousing> ApplyOnline> Request to Commute

Any student under 20 years old by the first day of Fall Classes (Wednesday, August 26, 2015) is REQUIRED to live on campus OR commute from their parents' home.

If a student who is under age 20 plans to commute from home, they must complete the Request to Commute Application. Afterwards, they will receive an email with approval or denial to commute.

Students 20 years of age or older are automatically approved to commute; however, the Application must be completed.

Request a Roommate

Fall semester only

After completing your Housing Application, you can request by name a specific roommate from other Incoming Students who have completed their Housing Application. You can request a specific roommate until May 10, 2015.

Fall semester only: How to Request a Roommate

Spring 2016 Housing Assignments

Be aware that the Housing Application contains the Housing Contract. Once the application is submitted, the Contract is binding and cancellation deadlines and fees may apply.  See the Housing Handbook cancellation section and important dates section for more details.

For Priority Applicants, Spring 2016 Housing Assignments Available:

Available late December/early January

For Late Applicants, Spring 2016 Housing Assignments Available:

On a rolling basis throughout January

Incoming Students: Cancelling Housing

Written notice of Housing cancellation must be received before July 1 for Fall Incoming Students or before January 15 for Spring Incoming Students to avoid cancellation fees and Housing Deposit forfeit. See the Housing Handbook on Housing Cancellations and Housing Deposits for more information. A summary version explaining Housing cancellations is also available.

Cancellation Fees Apply after January 15

Continuing Students: Cancelling Housing

The Housing Contract goes into effect and cancellation fees apply when a Continuing Student selects a room during Housing Selection or thru the Housing Office during the year. See the Housing Handbook on Housing Cancellations and Housing Deposits for more information. A summary version explaining Housing cancellations is also available.

Cancellation Fees Apply after Selecting a Room


Students Under 18

Students under 18 years old at the time of completing the Housing Contract must print out the Housing Contract and have their parents/guardians sign and mail the contract to:
Biola University
Attn: Housing Department
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639

You may find a copy of the Housing Contract attached to confirmation email sent to your Biola inbox after you have completed the Housing Application. You may print and sign the Housing Contract from there and mail it to the Housing Office.

The Housing Contract and Application will not be considered complete until the parent/guardian signature portion is received and processed by the Housing Department. Housing Assignments will not be made until the Housing Contract and Application are completed.

Late Applicants

Students wishing to apply for Housing after the start of the Fall or Spring semester should complete the following steps:

  1. Pay $250 Housing Deposit (see instructions above).
  2. Complete the Housing Application (see instructions above). If the Housing Application does not appear on your MyHousing and you have already paid your Housing Deposit, please contact the Housing Office to turn on the Housing Application for you.
  3. Email the Housing Office to let us know you have completed the Housing Application and are seeking Housing.
  4. The Housing Office will email you with a Housing Assignment.
  5. Pay the required down-payment at the Accounting Office (may be 50%+ of total semester Housing & Meal Plan charges).
  6. Bring proof of payment to the Housing Office to check-in and start moving in.

Please note that you are contracted for Housing for the entire Academic Year when you complete your Housing Application. Cancellation fees may apply after completing your Housing Application.


Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639