Dorm Life at APU: What to Expect and How to Thrive

by Brendan Fretwell ’22

If you will be living on campus as a college student, you may be looking forward with anticipation to this new experience. Dorm life can often be an exciting prospect, though it’s normal to have questions about what to expect. These resources will help you be thoroughly prepared for your life in the dorms. Use them as a starting point to make the most of your experience living on campus at Azusa Pacific University.

Packing and Making Yourself At Home

It takes time to adjust to a brand-new setting. The best ways to get settled in quickly are to make sure you have all the essentials and create a home-like environment in your dorm. It can be tricky finding the balance between being prepared and overpacking, so consider what is truly necessary as you check off items on your packing list. Then, get ready to make connections with your roommates, hallmates, resident advisor, and others during move-in weekend.

Dining Plans and Campus Food Options

What will you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when you’re living on campus? Don’t worry—there is a plethora of dining options at APU. You’ll want to start by choosing a dining plan that meets your needs.

Around-The-Clock Tech Support

From getting connected to APU’s WiFi to help with your student portal at, if you have any tech needs, the Information and Media Technology (IMT) office has your back. IT Support is available to answer your questions not only during move-in weekend but year-round, making them a real lifesaver.

Campus Resources You’ll Want to Know

There are many resources for students who are living on campus or commuting. Explore support options that can help you grow academically, personally, and professionally. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of all that APU offers, so you can have the best college experience possible.

Exploring Your New Community

Whether you grew up near the APU campus or moved here from far away, college is a time to explore and experience greater Los Angeles, which has so much to offer. Get to know the community of Azusa that welcomes you, neighboring Glendora, and the broader metropolitan area by visiting local restaurants, hiking trails, parks, entertainment, museums, and much more.

Brendan Fretwell ’22 is a double major in sports journalism and communication studies and an editorial intern in the Office of University Relations.