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Fall 2022 Housing Application Process

You may not be surprised to learn that affordable housing has been difficult to find in the Malibu area for some time. When factoring in commuting expenses (car, gas, insurance, parking), as well as utilities and furniture, living off-campus is typically more expensive than the rates the University offers for on-campus housing, which include these amenities. Living on campus provides you with the support and ease of accessibility to your on-campus communities, academic buildings, and residential amenities — it’s a special part of your college experience! As the housing selection process begins, please keep the following important details in mind.

Applying for academic year housing is a simple two-step process - prep and select.

Step 1: Prep

  • Apply for housing and submit your housing contract. The Housing Portal opens on January 31, 2022, for students to submit their housing applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Students should check their Pepperdine email account regularly for more information and deadlines.
  • Create a roommate group. All students may create a roommate group of up to four people! The deadline to submit housing contracts and create a roommate group is February 15, 2022, at 5 PM (PT).
    • After the February 15 deadline, students:
      • Will no longer be able to create, join, or leave a roommate group
      • May not be able to self-select their housing during the standard housing selection process (see: Waitlist)

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. 

Step 2: Select

  • Self-select a room. Students will receive a housing timeslot via email from the Housing Office on February 16, 2022. During that timeslot on their assigned day, students may enter into the Housing Portal to self-select a room. Once a room is selected and checked out, that room is officially booked and set for next year!
  • Important note: Students who are in a roommate group will select one person from their roommate group to self-select on behalf of the whole group. 

Housing Selection Timeline for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

January 19, 4 PM (PT): How to Apply for On-Campus Housing Virtual Information Session

  • The Housing Office will be walking students through the housing application step-by-step. Come out to learn more and ask us questions!

January 31: Housing Application Goes Live on the Housing Portal
February 15: Deadline to Submit Housing Contracts and Create a Roommate Group
February 16: Housing Selection Timeslots Sent Via Email
February 17-18: Interest Community Housing Self-Selection
February 22: Upperclassmen Housing Self-Selection
February 23: Underclassmen Housing Self-Selection


For those who do not secure housing on selection day, waitlist registration will be available. After selection, those who were unable to select may place themselves on a waitlist as an individual. 

For more details, please read our step-by-step guide on how to apply for housing and create roommate groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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