Student Housing FAQs
You likely have a number of questions regarding student residential living at Grand Canyon University. The following FAQs should answer many of your questions. Your admissions representative is here to help with any additional questions you may have.
Where do new students live on campus?
Most new students live in one of the residence halls on campus that are classified as either freshman or upperclassman housing. In the event that freshman-only housing fills up, incoming freshman residents will be placed in upperclassman housing with other freshmen.
How will I benefit from living on campus?
Research indicates that students who reside on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, perform stronger academically and are more likely to graduate within four years than their commuting classmates. In addition, they have a strong support system with peers who are going through similar experiences.
What do students do for fun on campus?
GCU students participate in a variety of activities including intramurals, events planned by the Office of Student Engagement, Arena concerts, sporting events, outdoor activities and Bible studies. There are also several shopping centers, restaurants and movie theatres nearby. Check out the student events page for the latest activities.
Does GCU have co-ed housing?
Cohabitation is not permitted on the campus of Grand Canyon University. Each building has separate housing areas for each gender. Daily "open hall hours" allow students of the opposite gender to visit friends in each suite's living room.
In what ways can I personalize my room?
You may decorate your room with fun bedding, photos of friends and family, throw pillows, rugs, etc. You may also hang posters using 3M hooks or staples. View the what to bring page for more details.
When/how do I find out the name and contact information of my future roommate?
Once you have completed the online housing application, you will be able to look up the name and contact information of your roommate(s) at any time by logging into the housing application, clicking the "Application" tab, then "Status" and finally "View Profile" next to your roommate's name. The Office of Residence Life is not able to provide this information due to privacy policies.
How do I live with my friend who is also attending GCU?
Students wanting to live with another specific GCU student need to coordinate making the same room reservation on the online housing application. The Office of Residence Life does not "place" students in their housing assignments and will not coordinate the reservations of students who want to room together.
What are room and board costs?
Cost varies depending on the type of housing you select. Please discuss cost break-down with your admissions representative or visit our housing costs page.
What kind of internet access is available on campus?
There is either an Ethernet port or Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) in the dormitories and apartments.
Is there cable TV?
Yes, there is a cable hookup in the living room of all dormitories and apartments. Basic cable is provided in the living areas at no extra cost to the resident.
Are land phone lines available?
There are no land lines available in the student residence halls and Papago Apartments. Residents in the North Rim Apartments may connect to a land line through Cox Communications (602-694-1573).
Is there air conditioning?
Yes, every room has air conditioning and heating with an individual thermostat that has been set by Facilities Staff with a specific temperature range. Upon your arrival discuss an ideal room temperature with your roommates. Students may not tamper with GCU property.
When can I move in?
You will be assigned a specific move-in time and date based upon your dorm assignment. Fall move-in is approximately one week before classes begin. Spring move-in for new students is the Saturday before classes begin. Please visit gcu.edu/movingdates for more information.
Do I need to bring coins for laundry facilities?
The laundry facilities in all dormitories and apartments accept coins or credit/debit cards. Lopes Cash is not an acceptable form of payment.
Can I loft/bunk my bed?
Residents of all halls may bunk beds to create more space efficiency. Ask your RA or RD for bed pins when you arrive to bunk your bed.
Can I bring my own bed? And/or can I have the University-provided furniture removed from my room?
No, all university-provided furniture must remain in the room and intact through the duration of a student's stay on campus. Any removed or missing furniture at the end of the year will result in housing fines.
Can I have my own room?
Students with sophomore, junior or senior standing have the opportunity to choose a private room in the Papago Apartments. If you have extenuating circumstances that require a private room, you must contact the Disability Services Office and submit to a general screening process.
The dorm I want is full, is there a waitlist?
Yes, when dorms are at capacity we start waitlists. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, you are encouraged to choose another dorm for the time being and visit gcu.edu/housingwaitlist to request to be put on the preferred waitlist. Waitlist requests submitted from parents or admissions representatives will not be accepted.
When do I choose my meal plan?
You will be able to make your meal plan selection during the online housing application process. Please contact your admissions representative regarding any meal plan changes you wish to make.
Where do I park my car if I live on campus?
Can I store my belongings at GCU over the summer?
No, GCU does not offer student storage. We recommend storing items at one of the many local public storage facilities.