Housing Information During COVID-19

Please note: The most up-to-date information about Pepperdine as we navigate through COVID-19 can be found at Pepperdine's COVID-19 Planning and Preparedness page.


All dining facilities run on special hours during this time. For a complete list of available locations and hours, please see our Special Dining Hours Webpage.

On-Campus Housing

While we are not presently permitted to reopen our Malibu campus for normal residential life, we received permission to house students who demonstrate a compelling hardship which necessitates residing in on-campus housing for fall. Students who want to seek an exception to live on campus may do so by completing the on-campus housing petition form. A rolling acceptance process will be used when considering exception applications for on-campus housing.

If you are permitted to live on campus, the Housing office will reactivate your Fall 2020 housing contract. Students who choose to live on campus will receive a single room and will be charged the standard fall rates. There will be no additional charge for students placed in a traditional double occupancy room. All published rates will be prorated based on the residence hall or apartment type. As students consider the possibility of living on campus, please note that basic services will be provided, but there will be no large, on-campus gatherings or major events due to L.A. County Public Health guidance. Additionally, students will not be able to have guests in their room or building.

The housing arrangements detailed here are for the Fall 2020 semester and winter interim break only. Students can expect to receive a new room assignment for the Spring 2021 semester. As such, students may be expected to relocate to a new housing type prior to the start of the Spring 2021 semester in order to prepare for students returning to campus.

We are doing everything possible to return students to campus in the spring semester. Our ability to return students to campus will be dependent on regulatory approval from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (L.A. County Public Health). Presently, we do not expect further updates until late in the year. For this reason, we will withhold making final decisions regarding the spring semester until early in January 2021. As we learn more, updates will be posted to this Housing and Residence Life FAQ page and sent via email.

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) thank you for your flexibility and understanding during these fast-changing times.

Fall 2020 Check-Out Dates

Seaver College: 11/25/2020
Seaver Graduate Programs: 11/25/2020
School of Public Policy: 11/25/2020
Graziadio Business School: 12/11/2020
Caruso School of Law: 12/12/2020
Graduate School of Education and Psychology: 12/18/2020

Q&A

I want to apply to live in on-campus housing for Fall 2020.

Students who want to seek an exception to live on campus may do so by completing this form.

A rolling acceptance process will be used when considering exception applications for on-campus housing.

If you are permitted to live on campus, the Housing Office will reactivate your fall housing contract. Students who choose to live on campus will receive a single room and will be charged the standard fall rates. There will be no additional charge for students placed in a traditional double occupancy room. All published rates will be prorated based on the residence hall or apartment type. As students consider the possibility of living on campus, please note that basic services will be provided, but there will be no large, on-campus gatherings or major events due to L.A. County Public Health guidance. Additionally, students will not be able to have guests in their room or building.

The housing arrangements detailed in the memorandum are for the fall 2020 semester only. Students can expect to receive a new room assignment for the spring 2021 semester. As such, students may be expected to relocate to a new housing type at the end of the fall semester (likely no later than November 25) in order to prepare for students returning to campus in the spring semester.

What are the rates for approved hardships during the semester break period?

Students who are currently approved to be on-campus during fall 2020 due to a hardship will be permitted to remain in on-campus housing as long as they are enrolled for spring 2021 classes. The rates are as follows:

Winter Interim (November 25–February 6) Rates:

Winter Interim Housing 1: November 25–December 20 (25 days) $1,250
Winter Interim Housing 2: December 20–January 3 (14 days) $700
Winter Interim Housing 3 (Summer Session 3): January 3–January 30 (27 days) $1,350
Winter Interim Housing 4: January 30–February 6 (7 days) $350

Will financial aid cover the interim housing costs?

Rates for the winter interim period (November 26–February 5) are listed above. Please note that financial aid awards will not likely cover these amounts for Seaver students. If you need to inquire about additional financial support, you may do so by contacting Student Accounts to have your Financial Aid package reconsidered. Additionally, you may seek acute short-term support from the Student Care Team (SCT) at studentcareteam@pepperdine.edu. A member of the Student Care Team will meet with you to assess your situation and coordinate support to the extent possible (i.e. case management, student emergency funds, linkage to resources, other).

Will students be able to live on campus for the spring 2021 semester?

We are doing everything possible to return students to campus in the spring semester. Our ability to return students to campus will be dependent on regulatory approval from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (L.A. County Public Health). Presently, we do not expect further updates until late in the year. For this reason, we will withhold making final decisions regarding the spring semester until early in January 2021. As we learn more, updates will be posted to this Housing and Residence Life FAQ page and sent via email.

When will the spring 2021 room selection process be posted?

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) will provide updated information regarding spring housing as we are able. Watch your Pepperdine email account for updates.

When is move-in for the spring semester?

Housing check-ins for the spring 2021 semester may begin as early as Monday, February 1, and will go through Sunday, February 7. Watch your email for specific move-in times and dates from the Housing and Residence Life office. 

Can I continue to live on campus during the fall to spring semester break if I am approved to live on under the status of having a hardship?

Please note that students who are currently approved to be on-campus during fall 2020 due to a hardship will be permitted to remain in on-campus housing as long as they are enrolled for spring 2021 classes. Rates apply. Fall 2020 graduating students will need to vacate at the completion of their semester. For Seaver students, the fall move-out date is by 9 AM on Wednesday, November 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Will approved fall 2020 residents have to move for spring 2021 or can they stay in their current fall room?

Students who are currently approved to be on-campus during fall 2020 due to a hardship may be asked to move or consolidate to prepare for the spring 2021 semester. Housing and Residence Life (HRL) will provide updated information regarding spring housing as we are able. Watch your Pepperdine email account for updates.

Will I need to resubmit a housing contract for spring 2021?

Yes, once a spring 2021 room sign-up process is announced, any student seeking housing for spring 2021 will need to submit a new housing application via the housing portal.

(This excludes fall approved hardships. Students who have been approved for fall 2020 housing seeking spring 2021 housing will not need to submit a new housing contract.)

Can I select a roommate for spring 2021?

At this time, we do not know whether occupancy for spring semester will be limited. If a decision about spring is made by November, and occupancy allows, we may be able to accommodate some roommate requests. If a decision is made in December or after, and occupancy allows, we anticipate not being able to allow special requests (including roommate requests) due to a potentially tight turnaround of making room placements and then communicating to students their room placements by the start of the spring 2021 semester.

Will I be required to have a meal plan for spring 2021?

All first and second-year students are required to have a meal plan while residing in on-campus housing. Residents living in suite-style residence halls are required to purchase a Waves "E" meal plan, or higher, each semester. Apartment residents and commuter students may purchase any meal plan.

Will international students need to quarantine?

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that incoming international students must quarantine for two weeks, or 14 days, prior to exposure to others. Similarly, a presidential proclamation has deemed that students must quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination. As a result, incoming international students should plan to quarantine 14 days prior to their scheduled move-in date.* Students can contact the housing office to see if they can quarantine in the residence hall suite or apartment, or if that quarantine will need to occur at a local hotel. The quarantine location decision will be made dependent upon the arrival of other students assigned to that suite or apartment.

*This guidance may change.

Since on campus residence halls may be housing two students in one room for spring 2021, how is it possible for students to social distance?

Students living together within a "home," such as a suite or an apartment, may choose to socially distance themselves from their roommates or suitemates, or wear face coverings, if desired, to decrease their risk of illness. The University is not mandating face coverings or social distancing within a room or suite, but, under current guidance, students will be required to wear face coverings and to socially distance in common spaces—within or outside of residence halls. All students should be vigilant to not share personal items and to tidy up after themselves. Students will be provided a memo upon arrival to on-campus housing with a number of guidelines for guests, cleaning, use of bathrooms, use of common spaces, etc. Additionally, students will be provided cleaning supplies to accomplish these goals. Please see additional cleaning measures in the questions below.

What is the student isolation and quarantine process?

We have designated separate quarantine spaces (student is not ill, but has ill roommate or was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms), and isolation spaces (student has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19).
The University has designated Contract Tracers to identify those at risk when a student's symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 or when a student receives a positive COVID-19 test result.

If a residential student is placed in either a quarantine or isolation area, the Student Health Center along with Residence Life staff will continue to care for the student. This includes health monitoring, delivery of meals and care packages, frequent check-ins, assistance with online learning, etc.

How is the requirement for students to wear face coverings be enforced?

There are ongoing educational efforts appealing to students' desires to protect their own health, to care for others, and contribute to the broader public health solution. Additionally, students have been provided with a memo that offers a detailed explanation of the University's expectations regarding social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, dining etiquette (grab-and-go, where to eat/not to eat), etc. If a student is uncooperative with university officials on this or other matters, the student may be reported to the Office of Community Standards.

How is the university addressing residential cleanliness in a COVID-19 environment?

We have established the necessary cleaning guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students. We have established extra cleaning measures, and have provided students with cleaning wipes. While we want students to take ownership of their environments, particularly in their units so that they can begin learning valuable life skills, we know that this year is different. As such, university cleaning measures have been increased in student residential areas, and across campus to meet that goal.

What are your plans for cleaning measures in the residence areas (halls and apartments)?

Custodial staff disinfects touch points 2x per day, in all areas daily. Touch points include faucets, stall latches, light switches, and door handles, water fountains, door faces, keypads, handrails, light switches, and vending or laundry machine buttons. All our disinfectants are approved by the EPA and on the List N inventory of chemicals approved for effectiveness against COVID-19. Our custodians and maintenance technicians wear face masks at all times while providing services to residential spaces.

As Custodial Services carry out daily cleaning measures in residential areas, all residents are asked to keep countertops and floors free of personal items in shared bathroom spaces. Custodial staff will not move your personal belongings to clean. Housing and Residence Life suggests the use of personal totes or shower caddies to carry items back and forth to the bathroom from your bedroom. This will help to make cleaning of your bathroom spaces more efficient and thorough. Additionally, bathroom usage should be staggered so that only one student is utilizing the bathroom at a time.

Additionally, we are making plans to provide disinfecting wipes to our students to ensure that they have, at hand, what they need to feel and be safe in their living spaces. Student residents are responsible for their bedroom and bringing trash to a nearby waste container. Student residents are also responsible for their apartment kitchens and appliances.

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