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.
To ensure the safety and well-being of students and the University community, all University residence halls are limited to single room placements for all students enrolled for the summer 2021 sessions. Accordingly, students desiring a suite-style space will receive a single room at $875 per session (which is 20% off the approved rate). Students can also elect an apartment single room at $1,410 per session.
Commitment to Community Health and Well-being
To help reduce the number of new infections, the University will require students to take a PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to arrival and submit their test results to the Student Health Center (SHC). Students who are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 U.S. FDA authorized vaccine do not need to have a COVID negative test upon arrival and will not need to participate in quarantine processes if exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.* Additionally, they are exempt from weekly surveillance testing. Please update your vaccine records prior to moving onto campus. To submit COVID-19 vaccine documentation, go to the Patient Portal at pepperdine.medicatconnect.com, select Immunizations, then select Highly Recommended Vaccines or COVID-19 Vaccine. Next, select the type of COVID-19 vaccine you received and put in your date(s) of immunization. Lastly, upload proof of the vaccine receipt by selecting Upload, then upload a photo of your vaccine record under COVID-19 vaccine record.
*Domestic students only, international students will need to provide a COVID negative test result upon arrival to the Pepperdine campus and plan for a quarantine period as directed by the Student Health Center (SHC). International students who have received a non-U.S. FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine are requested to submit their vaccination information as described above. At this time, the SHC will review these International vaccines on a case-by-case basis.
Regular COVID-19 surveillance testing will be required for those students who are not fully vaccinated. Failure to comply will result in referral to Community Standards.
For more information on Summer 2021 housing for Seaver Undergraduate students, please visit our Summer Housing webpage.
What are your plans for cleaning measures in the residence areas (halls and apartments)?
Custodial staff disinfects touchpoints 1x per day, in all areas daily. Touchpoints 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 the 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.
Pepperdine University highly values the residential campus experience for its students, and our students consistently report that living on campus is one of the highlights of their academic experience. We are preparing the proper protocols to make this residential living experience as safe and enjoyable as possible under the current circumstances. As you would likely expect, we are receiving guidance from local public health officials and are in regular communication with them. We will, of course, notify you immediately if we are given reason to believe that we would be required to restrict or reconfigure our residential housing plans such that we would need to reduce the number of students living on campus.
Information and advisories are still forthcoming, and as we learn more, updates will be posted on this page.
The health and safety of our students and employees are paramount; therefore, our planning continues to be subject to evolving public health guidance.
2021-2022 International Program Update:
The latest international program updates are available on the COVID-19 FAQ website. If Pepperdine cannot offer your international program and the University is permitted to operate on-campus residence halls under regular occupancy guidelines, IP students will be able to request on-campus housing. Please watch your Pepperdine email account for updates and review other important housing FAQs.
The University's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, released on July 9, requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated in advance of their return to campus for the fall semester. However, the policy does entitle community members to claim a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption to the vaccination requirement in good faith.
All students are required to provide proof of vaccination or a completed exemption by July 31, 2021. Returning students who do not submit one or the other will have their fall registration canceled. New students who do not submit one or the other will not be registered for fall classes. On-campus residential students also will not be permitted to move into residence halls.
If you have previously complied with this requirement, thank you. If you have not already done so, please submit your COVID-19 vaccine documentation (either proof of vaccine or a completed and signed exemption form) via the Student Health Center Patient Portal. Instructions for this required task may be found on the University's COVID-19 website.
Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements
All unvaccinated students or those who are not fully vaccinated must provide results from a negative COVID-19 test that was administered within the three days prior to arrival. The test results must be uploaded to the student's patient portal. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines must be authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization.
Ongoing Expectations Once In Community
For the safety of our community and to enable the University to remain open for in-person classes and activities, all Pepperdine students are required to cooperate with existing University COVID-19 policies, including, but not limited to, wearing masks over the nose and mouth; daily wellness checks; screening testing; contact tracing; relocation of housing, if necessary; and quarantine and isolation requirements. The details of these expectations may be modified as infection rates, vaccination rates, and Los Angeles County guidance change. Updated information can be found on the University's COVID-19 website.
Testing, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine and Isolation Expectations
Unvaccinated students, or those who are not fully vaccinated, will be required to participate in ongoing periodic screening testing as directed by University officials. Unvaccinated individuals are also required to participate in contact tracing if they are suspected of having contact with someone with COVID-19. At all times, students must cooperate fully with all testing, contact tracing, and both quarantine and isolation processes (including relocation).
Fully vaccinated students may not be required to participate in screening testing but are expected to cooperate with all contact tracing efforts. Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine if exposed to a suspected positive COVID-19 case unless they become symptomatic or test positive, in which case they will be required to isolate and follow other instructions from the Student Health Center.
Pepperdine will comply with all Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidelines regarding face covering or masking. Current LACDPH guidelines require that all community members be masked in indoor public settings. This includes all academic buildings, dining facilities, administration buildings, recreational facilities, office settings, etc.
In residence halls, individuals sharing suites or apartments are considered a household and are not required to wear face coverings while in their "home" area, but they are required to wear face coverings when exiting their suite/apartment and in public areas of the residence halls. Current guidelines do not require a face covering for either vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals when outdoors.
Face coverings are required for all individuals riding a University shuttle or bus or when in University healthcare settings (including the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center) regardless of vaccination status.
What is the residential plan for the fall? I want to make sure before my child signs the contract.
Please know that we are committed to exploring ways to offer undergraduate and graduate housing to as many students as we can while considering appropriate health and safety recommendations. At this point, it is our hope to be able to have two students in most double occupancy rooms.
If anything in this plan changes, we will be sure to contact students via their Pepperdine email account and on the Housing and Residence Life website.
Will housing cancellation fees be waived since decisions are not yet determined?
During the room sign-up process, cancellation fees will apply. This is to ensure that students are not reserving a space on campus as a placeholder limiting the number of other students who can then subsequently sign up for housing.
In the event that we need to reduce or cancel on-campus housing for fall 2021, all cancellation fees will be reimbursed.
What if I want to wait to sign up for housing?
We offer a rolling housing acceptance process as space is available.
When will I know if I will be offered on-campus housing?
We are committed to having students on campus to the maximum extent possible. For new, incoming first-year and transfer students, we plan to send room assignment emails on Friday, July 16.
Is there potential impact to continuing students who are guaranteed housing (first-years, transfers, and sophomores)?
We are planning to house first-years, transfers, and sophomore students for fall 2021–spring 2022. If you have completed a fall 2021–spring 2022 housing contract via the Housing Portal, and have received a room assignment, you can expect to have on-campus housing (unless future guidance from local public health officials precludes it). For new, incoming first-year and transfer students, we plan to send room assignment emails on Friday, July 16.
Is there potential impact to international students and those coming from out of state?
No. International and out-of-state students are able to live on campus as long as they are enrolled at Pepperdine, have completed a contract via the Housing Portal, and receive a housing placement from our office.
Will first-year and transfer students still be able to select their roommates?
Yes. Students can request roommates until the June 25 deadline.
What if I want to sign up for a single room?
Please know that we are hopeful to operate without restrictions and desire to provide on-campus housing to as many students as possible. This means that at this time, we are not offering additional single room options beyond what is provided at the Drescher campus apartments and through the disability accommodation process. Should you feel you need a single room accommodation or request to be exempt from the on-campus housing requirement, please follow these processes: Single Room Accommodation and Residency Exemption.
I'm required to live on campus. How can I apply to be exempt from this policy?
Students and families may request an exemption from the first-year/sophomore requirement by completing an exemption request.
In the event that you cannot house all intended students, how will you decide who receives priority? International students? Students without cars? Students from out of state?
First and second-year students are required to live on campus and will generally be given first priority. Other considerations will be factored in as well. Students who want on-campus housing who are initially denied will be given an opportunity to express their needs and describe their particular situation.
What if Pepperdine goes to remote learning for fall 2021?
At this time, Seaver College is planning to deliver all fall classes in person and on its Malibu and international program campuses during the fall 2021 semester. Should remote instruction be required at some point during the fall semester due to COVID-19 restrictions, students who cancel their contract will have their reservation fee credited to their student account. If needed, additional details on the cancellation process will be provided. No contract cancellation fees will be assessed.
If campus doesn't open by August, would the Housing Contract Terms and Conditions be annulled automatically? Will I be required to pay housing and meals if campus doesn't open?
Although the University anticipates a return to normal campus operations by August, if campus does not open at that time, the Housing Contract Terms and Conditions will be annulled. Therefore, students would not be required to pay the balance for room and board.
Under those circumstances, returning students who have submitted the non-refundable prepayment will receive a credit within the student's account. A student can request for that prepayment to be redeposited in their bank account by contacting Student Accounts. The student can also leave the prepayment in their account and that money can then be applied toward future balances.
Will I be required to pay the full-year room and board should the campus open then close again due to COVID-19? Will I receive a refund on housing if I'm required to vacate?
The Housing Contract Terms and Conditions states that the University reserves the right to charge the contracted room rate for the duration of an academic year, which is the contract length. However, if the situation occurs where the University will once again need to close, we will give a pro-rated refund based on departure date if it is more than a week before the end of the semester. Families would then be able to determine if they want the balance of their funds to remain in the student's account (to be applied to future charges), or they can work with Student Accounts to have the balance transferred to the student's bank account.
What if I want to live off-campus?
For junior, senior, and graduate students who desire to live off-campus, we recommend that students pay close attention to the terms of their lease. Most off-campus leases will not provide prorated refunds if students leave mid-lease. Consider trying to negotiate with the landlord for a month-to-month lease, which may provide more flexibility. Given the circumstances, some landlords may be more willing to negotiate.
If a student can commute from home, and that is their preference due to COVID-19 risk, will you allow this?
First and second-year students seeking an exemption to the requirement to live on campus may complete an exemption request here. Health concerns will be a consideration as we review these requests. If you believe you have a disability that precludes you from being able to safely live in residential housing, you can begin an accommodation request with the Office of Student Accessibility by contacting them here.
Graduate Students Q&A
I submitted my Housing Application and $500 prepayment. If classes are online for the fall 2021 semester or if I do not receive placement on campus, will my housing prepayment be refunded?
Yes. Your housing prepayment will be refunded in full to your student account.
Am I guaranteed on-campus housing if I submitted my housing application?
We are committed to having graduate students on campus to the maximum extent possible.
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.
What are your plans for cleaning measures in the residence areas (halls and apartments) for the fall?
Measures will be returning to pre-COVID cleaning levels. As such, it is the resident's responsibility to keep their rooms, suites, bathrooms, and apartments clean and in good condition. Students will receive courtesy disinfectant wipes at move-in.