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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 Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 academic year, please follow the process below. 

May 15 - Housing Portal Opens

The Housing Portal goes live on May 15. 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 has opened you will complete an application for the academic year. Students will have the opportunity to answer lifestyle questions that will help them choose potential roommates. You can use the messaging system to contact other students and select a person to room with until June 25.

For a step-by-step guide on how to apply for housing and create roommate groups, please visit our Create a Roommate Group webpage.

June 25 - Deadline for contracts and roommate selection

The deadline for selecting a roommate and/or creating a roommate group of up to four people is on June 25 at 5 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Students who submit applications after the deadline are still guaranteed housing, but they will not have the option of selecting a roommate nor are they guaranteed notification of their placement by August 6.

August 6 - Placements confirmed via email

Students who submit their contract by the priority deadline will receive an email to their Pepperdine account with their placement and roommate's name by August 6, 2021.

Other important deadlines:

  • Requests to be considered for a residency exemption are due no later than June 1 for new students.
  • Requests for housing accommodation through the Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) require registering with that office no later than June 1. 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.

What if I have already picked out a roommate?

That's great! Ask them for their screen name, and search for them within the portal to connect. For more information on how to create roommate groups, please visit our Create a Roommate Group webpage.

What if I do not have a roommate picked out?

That's fine! You'll be asked a series of questions about your lifestyle preferences and our software will recommend compatible roommates for you to choose from. You can message other students to ask whether they'd like to room with you. You can also choose not to link up with anyone and we will place you according to your lifestyle preferences.

Can I choose my suite-mates or a specific residence hall?

No, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to be placed in a certain hall. However, students may create roommate groups of up to four people (two pairs of roommates) that will live in the same suite. The deadline to create a roommate group is June 25.

What if I cannot access the portal?

Please send an email to housing@pepperdine.edu 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 our rates for our various living areas.

Do I have to live on campus?

Yes, all new and transfer students are required to live on campus per the University Residency Requirement.

How do I select a meal plan?

Meal plan requirements correspond with living areas, so you will not be able to select a meal plan until you are officially placed in housing.
First-year and transfer students living in suite-style halls are required to purchase the standard meal plan and can also upgrade to a larger meal plan.

What meal plan options are available?

For all meal plan options, please visit our Meal Plan Rates webpage.

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.

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.