Eligibility, Residency Requirement, Commitment,
and Time Frame
As the Office of Residence Life gives leadership to the professional management of campus housing living areas, the Office of Housing Services provides logistical support, helping undergraduate students secure their housing assignments, issuing keys and furniture, and maintaining student housing records. Community life in the living areas is managed by Residence Life, everything from visitation and guests to roommate relations and room changes, room decorations, and pool rules. In addition to these Housing Services policies, students should become familiar with the Residence Life Policies and Expectations for Living in Community.
All students assigned to or applying for 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 7 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 nonundergraduate international programs. While it is the desire of the university to provide campus housing to every student who seeks it, there is not enough housing space to accommodate all undergraduate students. Some 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.
Campus residency is mandatory for full-time freshmen and sophomore students. Due to the residency requirement, housing is guaranteed for freshmen and sophomores. 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. Freshmen and sophomores 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.
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 and nongroup 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 housing assignments are for the combined fall and spring semesters of the academic year. The only exceptions are for students who enter campus housing midsemester or at the start of the spring semester. 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 residence 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 on the application and assignment process, unit availability, and dates for check-in and checkout.