General Housing Provisions

The Office of Residence Life gives leadership to the professional management of campus living areas and provides logistical support, helping students secure their housing assignments, issuing keys and furniture, and maintaining housing records. Residence Life manages community life in the living areas, including everything from visitation and guests to roommate relations and room changes, room decorations, and pool rules.

Undergraduate students assigned to or applying for campus housing are subject to and should be familiar with these policies and procedures, along with the Undergraduate Student Handbook and all APU Community Expectations. Graduate students should be familiar with these policies and procedures in addition to the Graduate and Professional Student Community Expectations.


APU provides campus housing to undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 7 units on the Azusa campus. APU is unable to house nonstudents in campus housing, and this includes students who discontinue their enrollment in the middle of a term—students who discontinue enrollment are expected to vacate campus housing within 72 hours of notification from the university; those who fail to do so will have their locks changed at their expense and may be trespassed from the university. APU does not have a housing program for married students or students in professional programs, online programs, or nonundergraduate international programs. APU has a limited graduate housing program for students who are enrolled in at least one graduate-level course per semester. While it is the desire of the university to provide campus housing to every student who seeks it, APU cannot guarantee housing to all.

Residency Requirement

Campus residency is mandatory for full-time freshmen and sophomore undergraduate students. Due to the residency requirement, housing is guaranteed for freshmen and sophomore undergraduates. All freshmen and sophomore undergraduate students must submit either a Request for Campus Housing Assignment form 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 want an exemption from campus housing because of a situation warranting special consideration to live off campus must obtain approval by submitting a Request for Campus Housing Exemption form. The residency requirement does not apply to undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students.


Students who submit a Request for Campus Housing Assignment and receive an assignment commit to living on campus for the entire academic year when they check in and receive their room key. Undergraduate students who request a summer assignment make no commitment but are charged a weekly rate based on their summer request.

Time Frame

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. Although we encourage all students to return home for breaks, APU appreciates that some students may need to remain in the area for various reasons. Therefore, all of our living areas remain open during university breaks. Students who wish to stay for winter break are required to register in order to remain on campus. All university policies remain in effect during breaks (e.g., visitation hours). In addition, campus services are limited during breaks—for example, campus dining venues may be limited or closed during winter break. A summer housing program is available for undergraduate students who need to remain on campus for all or part of the summer. 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 check-out. Graduate students are offered housing during the summer in the graduate student housing area based on availability.

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