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Housing Application Process


Students who did not self-select a room or are interested in a residential area that is full are welcome to log into the Housing Portal to access the waitlist page by going to Academic Year Application > Application Status > Additional Steps > Waitlist.

Students are welcome to sign up for one, some, or all waitlists that are available to them. Our office will send offers to students on the waitlist(s) as spaces open. These offers will be sent on an individual basis to student Pepperdine email addresses. Offers will expire within 24 - 48 hours, so please be sure to be monitoring your Pepperdine email account consistently throughout the upcoming weeks and into the summer to avoid missing an offer.

Students must be enrolled in classes in order to be eligible for on-campus housing. Please note that new incoming students will not yet have access to the Housing Portal as their housing process will take place over the summer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I live on-campus?

Second-year students can elect to live in Rockwell Towers or Seaside Residence Hall. Upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) can elect to live in Seaside Residence Hall or apartment-style housing (Drescher, George Page, and Lovernich). Second-year students and upperclassmen cannot be in the same roommate group; the only exception to this rule is students who choose to join an interest community.

What if I want to wait to sign up for housing?

Students who wait to sign up for housing until after the housing selection process will need to complete the housing application and place themselves on a waitlist as an individual. Housing placements will then be offered to students based on space available. Additionally, students will not be able to request a roommate(s).

What happens if all the spaces I'm interested in are full before it is my turn to select a space?

Waitlist registration will be available for students who want to live in a different residential area. 

What if I want to sign up for a single room?

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.

Am I required to live in campus housing?

Our residency requirement policy states that all new students are required to live on campus and have meal plans for four semesters, including all transfer residents who are required to live on campus for the entire academic year. We believe the relationships and community built during these first years of attending Pepperdine are vital to the college experience. The Housing and Residence Life program provides an atmosphere that empowers students to make connections between faith, living, and learning within a diverse community.

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 can not 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.

If I need accommodation, what should I do?

All students in need of accommodations must work through the Office of Student Accessibility (OSA).  For more information and deadlines, please visit our Student Accessibility webpage. Please note that students who currently have accommodations must annually renew and update their accommodations.

How do I select a meal plan?

Meal plan requirements correspond with living areas and student classifications, so you will not be able to select a meal plan until you are officially placed in housing. For more details, please visit our Meal Plan Information page. 

How do I cancel my housing contract?

Please email housing@pepperdine.edu and visit the Housing Portal to start the cancellation process.


Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this website. The information contained on this website may be changed at any time without prior notification. 

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