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Academic Year Housing

2023-2024 Application Process

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Returning Students

Waitlist Process

As the housing self-selection process has concluded, the Housing Portal is now open for students who did not self-select a room or are interested in a residential area that is full to sign up for a housing waitlist(s).

To access the waitlist page please go to the Housing Portal > 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. Placements will be offered to students who sign up on a waitlist on a rolling basis based on availability. Offers will expire within 24 - 48 hours, so please be sure to be monitoring your Pepperdine email account consistently throughout the summer to avoid missing an offer.

Please note that there is limited space for rising juniors and seniors, and housing cannot be guaranteed.

New Students

Newly admitted students for the 2023-2024 academic year follow a separate process. For more new student information, please visit our first-year housing or transfer housing web pages. 



Frequently Asked Questions

I am looking for information on New Student Orientation.

Please visit the New Student website for more details. 

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 would like to request an exemption 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 must live on campus and have meal plans for their first two academic years, 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 community 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.

Are juniors and seniors guaranteed on-campus housing if they submit their housing applications?

No, but we are committed to having upperclassmen students on campus to the greatest extent possible.

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. Students will enroll in a meal plan via the Housing Portal in May. For more details, please visit our Meal Plan Information or Meal Plan Rates page. 

How do I cancel my housing application?

Please email and visit the Housing Portal to start the cancellation process.

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