Campus Housing

Location
La Mirada, CA
Undergrads
4,158
Tuition
$28,852
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live in the oldest dorm for girls and I absolutely love it. The dorms do so many fun activities together, participate in brother sister floor events and things like that. It is the best way to build community

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not dorm at Biola, I live off campus.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: I like my dorm (Sigma). I really like how small it is, so it's like a family/house. I also really like the suite style bathrooms. Even thought we might be far away as a dorm from everything else in the center of campus, compared to other colleges everything is relatively close.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A few of the dorms are outdated (Alpha, Sigma, Hart), but some are beautiful and spacious (Horton, Hope).

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is just about awesome, and you will definetly not regret doing it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 23rd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 102nd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 636th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zachary Mendelson
Hometown
Rancho Santa Margarita
Major
Biological Sciences
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Although each of Biola's dorms has its own biome or climate, they all share one common goal: to enhance students' college experiences with an amazing community that not only teaches them how to have fun, but also provides a core group of friends to fall back on when the going gets rough. The dorms are split into two sections on campus: Upper Campus and Lower Campus. Emerson, Alpha East & West, and Sigma are in Upper Campus, while Lower Campus houses Hart, Stewart, and Hope. Some would argue that Upper Campus isn't all that far from classes, but because of the way that Biola's designed, most classrooms and school buildings are located closer to Lower Campus. For example, students living in Sigma would have to plan ahead of time if they wanted to get to class on time. 

While each dorm is very distinct from one another, all of them stress having an ideal environment that students aren't upset to come home to or even upset to leave when the semesters come to an end. The community varies within each dorm, some having more than others, but for every dorm with less floor community, camaraderie within smaller groups living on the floors is very prevalent. Getting into dorms has been made much more stressful because of Biola's recent surge in population; freshmen are offered top picks whereas others are lucky to get their third choice, but Biola's working on expanding existing rooms to help everyone get what they want.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,985
Average Housing Costs
$5,076
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
68%
Freshmen Living On Campus
92%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
6
Best Freshman Dorms
Horton Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Horton Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Hope Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Alpha East & West
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Carpet
  • Chair
  • Closets
  • Desk
  • Drawers
  • Towel rack (on doors)
Also Available
Suites offer private sinks for each room, and apartments offer kitchens and more space. Other than that, most dorms are pretty uniform in size and in what you get. Some lounges have been turned into quads for population growth reasons.
Available for Rent
None

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Alpha East & West
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Alpha is notorious for being the girls-only dorm on campus. It is widely considered by all the girls who have lived in it to be the best place for a girl to live on campus. The fellowship is amazing, and there's always something going on in terms of GYRADs (Get Your Roommate A Date events) or just getting together to do other events. While only women can live in the dorms, the lobbies are open to guys and are always bustling with life.
Emerson Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Emerson is widely known as the all-male dorm on campus. According to those who live there, it is the ultimate dorm for "manly fellowship." While Emerson may be the oldest on campus and air conditioner-less, it houses some of the warmest community on campus.
Hart Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Hart is well-known for its friendliness and holiday events. Everyone in Hart has fun putting together fellowships and events like "Heat of the Night." This dorm would be recommended to anyone who'd be willing to leave their doors open at all hours to maximize brotherhood and sisterhood between floormates.
Hope Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: "Most bang for your buck," many people say. For the price you're paying, it's the cheapest price for the biggest rooms. The community isn't often boasted of, but that doesn't mean no one interacts with each other-Hope offers very large halls, and it's hard to keep track of 40 people per hall after a while. It's also known as the "sports dorm" because most athletes on campus live in it.
Horton Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Horton is one of the more expensive dorms, but it's the newest and nicest-looking of the entire lot. Many people who live in Horton live in a community very similar, if not identical, to Hope's, and as such, have had a friendly rivalry with Hope Hall since its construction in 2007. Pranks between the dorms are very common, but students still retain good humor and fellowship with each other.
Sigma
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Sigma is one of the least-known dorms on campus, as it seems to be so far out of the way at the end of Biola's Upper Campus. However, this is no reason not to live here. The dorm offers a wonderful environment where guys and girls get to know each other. Two floors are women's floors, while the bottom-most is the guys' floor. Sigma is also known as the "couples' dorm"; most people either meet each other during floor get-togethers or move from other places on campus to Sigma to be able to be closer to each other.
Stewart Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Stewart offers great fellowship among its inhabitants. It's awkwardly located pretty far on the lower part of campus, but that just makes hall bonding easier. Many people end up moving to Stewart to be with their friends.
Thompson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples, quads)
Special Features: Thompson is one of the most coveted dorms on campus, as it is only for juniors and seniors. Essentially on-campus apartments, there are no "open hours," and students tend to not have the same sort of community as other on-campus dorms, as most students living in Thompson are usually busy with jobs or other obligations. It also has a smaller group than other dorms, maximizing privacy amidst neighbors.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Beachcomber Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (doubles, triples)
Special Features: The Beachcomber is about a five-minute walk from campus.
Li Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Li is within biking distance from Biola University. The apartments have a great community, but for the most part, remain detached from Biola.
Lido Mirada Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Lido is about a five-minute walk from campus.
Tradewind Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (doubles, triples)
Special Features: Tradewinds is about a seven-minute walk from campus.
Tropicana Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Laundry room and swimming pool on site. Tropicana is about a 10-minute walk from campus.
Welch Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Apartments (triples)
Special Features: Welch is within biking distance from Biola University. The apartments have a great community, but for the most part, remain detached from Biola.

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