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.

Summer 2021

Placement Information

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 in Seaside Hall 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). To submit the lab test report, go to the Patient Portal at pepperdine.medicatconnect.com, select "Upload," and then select "COVID-19 Test Result." Any student who is not able to proof of a negative test must report immediately to the Student Health Center to be tested once they arrive on campus. Students will be required to wait in their room with no contact with others until the test results are back, which may take up to 48 hours. Regular COVID-19 surveillance testing may be required. Failure to comply will result in referral to Community Standards.

For more information on Summer 2021 Housing for Seaver Undergraduate students, please click here.

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

Custodial staff disinfects touchpoints 2x 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.

Fall 2021 Plans

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. Pepperdine has historically been able to offer on-campus housing to all or nearly all of the incoming, returning, and graduate students who seek to live on campus. We plan to be able to do so again this year, and 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 International Programs Office continues to move forward in planning to deliver all academic year 2021–2022 international programs. 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.

Q&A

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.

How much housing will be available?

At this time, we plan to house all or nearly all of the incoming, returning, and graduate students who seek to live on campus.

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. The room sign-up process begins based on this timeline. Accordingly, March 10 is the first opportunity for students to commit to housing for the 2021–2022 academic year. Students may continue to sign up for on-campus housing as long 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. 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 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 and have completed a contract via the Housing Portal.

Will first-year and transfer students still be able to select their roommates?

Yes. You can still submit a request for a roommate.

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 a 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, but it will be some time before we know more precisely how many graduate students we can safely accommodate in our housing units.

Have graduate students already received housing placements? When will graduate students receive placements?

No. Graduate students have not yet received housing placements. However, we are committed to having graduate students on campus to the maximum extent possible. We will begin placing graduate students later this summer and will reach out to you directly if you have submitted a housing application and we need to go in another direction due to public health requirements.

On-Campus Housing - Spring 2021

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. Seaver students who want to seek an exception to live on campus for their spring 2021 semester 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 2020 housing contract, or send you the link to complete the contract if you have not yet completed a contract. Currently, students who choose to live on campus will receive a single room and will be charged the standard spring 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.

We are doing everything possible to return students to campus. 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). If a return to campus proves viable, students and families will receive additional information from the University and college about their options and the return-to-campus process. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be in communication with all students regarding on-campus housing availability and options. 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.

Q&A

I want to petition for on-campus housing for Spring 2021.

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. Seaver students who want to seek an exception to live on campus for their spring 2021 semester 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 for Spring 2021, the Housing Office will reactivate your housing contract. Students who choose to live on campus will receive a single room and will be charged the standard spring 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 will continue for the duration of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Will students be able to live on campus for the spring 2021 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). If a return to campus proves viable, students and families will receive additional information from the University and college about their options and the return-to-campus process. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be in communication with all students regarding on-campus housing availability and options. As we learn more, updates will be posted to this Housing and Residence Life FAQ page and sent via email.

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/winter approved hardships. Students who have been approved for Fall 2020 or winter break housing seeking Spring 2021 housing will not need to submit a new housing contract.)

Can I select a roommate for spring 2021?

If a return to campus proves viable, you will receive additional information about our room sign-up process including the potential option to select a roommate.

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 Los Angeles Public Health Department has determined that incoming international students must quarantine for two weeks, or 10 days, prior to exposure to others. As a result, incoming international students should plan to quarantine 10 days prior to their scheduled move-in date.* We ask that you do your best to plan ahead for this 10-day quarantine, including making preparations for food, toiletries, and other essentials. If you are unable to prepare your own food or need other resources, please email housing@pepperdine.edu. Please also contact HRL if you desire to quarantine in a location other than your assigned 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 touchpoints 2x 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.

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