First Year Students

First Year Students

Housing and Residence Life welcomes you to the Pepperdine community! 

Welcome home Waves! We are so excited for you to begin your life at Pepperdine. Please follow the placement process below to apply for on-campus housing for the Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 academic year. 

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 15.

June 15 - Deadline for contracts and roommate selection

The deadline for selecting a roommate is on June 15 at 5PM 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 July 15.

July 15 - 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 on July 15.

Other important deadlines:

Requests to be considered for a residency exemption are due no later than June 1 for new students.
Requests for a 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

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! Just ask them what their screen name is (their first name followed by five digits) and search for them within the portal.

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 suite-mate requests or requests to be placed in a certain hall. Everyone may choose one roommate to room with before the deadline of June 15.

What if I can not 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 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 or larger.

What meal plan options are available?

You can view your meal plan options here.


 The company listed below is a partner of Housing and Residence Life, and we are pleased to offer the following University-approved services to our residents:

Renters Insurance for College Students

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