All freshmen and sophomore students and those upper division students living in campus housing are subject to these policies and procedures along with the Residence Life Policies and Expectations for Living in Community, the Student Standards of Conduct, and all APU Campus Policies.
APU provides campus housing only to undergraduate students enrolled in at least 6 units on the Azusa campus. APU does not have a housing program for married students or students in graduate programs, Adult and Professional Studies programs, or non-undergraduate international programs.
Students who submit a Request for Campus Housing Assignment form and receive an assignment during the annual sign-ups process, commit to living on campus for the entire academic year. This includes assignment renewals (“Homesteading”) and non-group assignments. Although students are allowed to sign up in a group, every student makes an individual commitment to live in campus housing. (Students who make their request for assignment outside of the annual housing sign-ups process may request to cancel their assignment prior to check-in.)
Campus residency is mandatory for full-time freshmen and sophomore students.
Due to the residency requirement, housing is guaranteed for freshmen and sophomores. While the desire is to provide campus housing to every student who seeks it, the university does not have enough housing space to accommodate all undergraduate students. Most upper-division students will live off campus at some point during their time at APU. Transfer student juniors and seniors are often the last to request a housing assignment and will be assigned on a space-available basis in any living area other than the freshmen halls.
All freshmen and sophomores must submit either a Request for Campus Housing Assignment or a Request for Campus Housing Exemption form. Exemptions are granted for students who will live with their parents, for married students, students 21 years of age or older, and students who have other special circumstances that present an obstacle to campus residency. Students who do not want a campus housing assignment because of a situation warranting special consideration to live off campus must obtain approval by submitting a Request for Campus Housing Exemption form.
Campus housing assignments are for the combined fall and spring semesters of the academic year. The only exceptions are for students who enter campus housing mid-semester or at the start of the spring semester. A 12-month option (summer, fall, and spring semesters) is available for upper-division students during the annual housing sign-ups process. Students must request a new campus housing assignment each academic year.
Requests for housing assignments will be accepted anytime; however, new students are encouraged to apply as early as possible after being admitted to the university. Continuing students generally obtain their housing assignments through the sign-ups process each spring.
During Christmas vacation, the residence halls are closed and students are not permitted to stay in their rooms. Meals will not be served by dining services during this time. Other living areas will remain open. During Thanksgiving and Easter vacations, all living areas, including the halls, remain open.
Temporary housing is available for students who need to remain over the summer, primarily for summer school students. Summer housing information is made available during the spring semester, including specific information and dates for check-in and check-out.