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Housing and Residence Life welcomes you to the Pepperdine community! 

Welcome home, Waves! We are so excited for you to begin your new journey here at Pepperdine. To apply for on-campus housing for the Spring 2024 semester, please follow the process below. 

November 6 - Housing Portal Opens

The Housing Portal goes live on November 6. Students must be accepted to the University, submit the "Intent to Enroll" form, and pay the enrollment deposit (through WaveNet) before access to the portal is granted. If an error message appears, make sure your "Intent to Enroll" deposit has been submitted. After submission, allow 24 to 48 hours before the process is complete.

Once the portal is open, you will complete a housing application for the Spring 2024 semester. Please note that housing placements will be made based on availability and students may be assigned a roommate who is a current student already living in campus housing. 

December 4 - Deadline for contracts

The deadline for submitting your housing application is December 4. Students who miss the deadline will still be placed in on-campus housing by the Housing Office, but may not receive their placement on December 11. All placement notifications will be sent via email prior to check-in day.

December 11 - Placements confirmed via email

Students who submit their contract by the December 4 deadline will receive an email to their Pepperdine account with their placement and roommate's name on December 11.

Other important deadlines:

  • Requests to be considered for a residency exemption are due no later than December 4 for new students.
  • Requests for housing accommodation through the Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) require registering with that office no later than December 4. It is important to note that most accommodations can be met in our campus housing options and this approval is separate from academic accommodations.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am looking for information about New Student Orientation (NSO).

Please visit the New Student Orientation (NSO) website for more details and frequently asked questions!

What's my network ID?

Your network ID is used to sign your contract and is the same as your WaveNet username, in all lowercase letters.

Will students be able to select their roommates?

No, as housing placements will be made based on availability and students may be assigned a roommate who is a current student already living in campus housing. 

Can I choose a specific residence hall?

No, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to be placed in a specific hall.

What if I cannot access the portal?

Please send an email to with your name, CWID, and a description or screenshot of the error message you have received. We will respond to emails as quickly as possible in the order that they are received. You can also call us at 310.506.7586 during business hours.

How much does housing cost?

Please view the rates for our various living areas.

Do I have to live on campus and have a meal plan?

Yes, all new first-year and new transfer students are required to live on campus and have a meal plan per the University residency requirement.

I'm required to live on campus. How can I apply to be exempt from this policy?

Students may request an exemption from the residency requirement by completing the exemption process by the deadline of December 4.

How do I select a meal plan?

Meal plan selection for Spring 2024 is not yet open. Stay tuned for more details that will be shared via email in the coming weeks!

First-year students are required to purchase the standard meal plan and have the option to upgrade to a larger meal plan. New students who do not select a meal plan will be automatically enrolled in Meal Plan E. A list of all our meal plan rates can be found online.

Are suite-style houses air-conditioned? Can I bring an air conditioner?

The suite-style houses are not air-conditioned. Residents are not allowed to install air conditioners of any kind. Portable fans are allowed as long as the window screen remains in the window. Nothing can extend from the window or the building.

What am I allowed to put on the walls of my room?

You may hang items on your walls by using small nails, tacks, or putty only. No screws or bolts are allowed. Do not hang items from your ceiling. TV or surfboard mounts are not allowed. Surfboards may be stored in the common living area. For more information, please visit our Student Policies website.

Can I mount my TV to the wall?

No. TV mounts, large screws, nails, or bolts are not allowed.

We are pleased to offer a list of University-approved services on our HRL On-Campus Vendors page. 

For information regarding asbestos in the residence halls and the measures taken to ensure the safety of our community, please read this notification.