RESIDENCE LIFE

welcome mat, boxes, chair and clockWelcome home, Lope! Living on campus provides you with both convenience and the opportunity to enjoy a traditional student experience. Our goal in the Office of Residence Life is to provide safe, comfortable space for you to live. Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers suite-style student housing accommodations in all of our residence halls for both freshmen and upperclassmen.

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Student Housing Options

GCU pennantFor the 2016-17 school year, we offer 17 on-campus student housing options for incoming, returning and transfer students. GCU incoming student-only housing gives you the benefit of living with peers going through the same first-year experiences as you. Returning student housing is for students who will have sophomore, junior or senior standing.

Check out the residence halls and apartment options below to see layouts and what is provided in each room.

Incoming Student Housing

Acacia Hall

GCU Acacia Hall
  • Opened in fall 2015 
  • Houses 867 students (subject to change) 
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area 
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students 
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students 
  • Features an inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor and massive outdoor courtyard

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Incoming student
  • Minimum of 17 years old and not exceeding 19 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Modular sectional couch in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: approximately 14'9" x 11'6" 
  • Living room: approximately 14'9" x 11'6" 
  • Bathrooms: approximately 7' x 6'4" not including shower niche
  • Closets: approximately 7' x 4' with 2'9" x 3' elbow

GCU Grove Residence Halls 3D Interior Rendering

Canyon Hall

GCU Canyon Hall
  • Opened in 2010 
  • Houses 552 students 
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, one bathroom and large living room area 
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students 
  • Features spacious lobby, communal lounge and study areas, plus laundry facilities on every floor

GCU 360 TourRequirements (subject to change each year)

  • Incoming student
  • Minimum of 17 years old and not exceeding 19 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student 
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Two three-drawer dressers per bedroom 
  • Couch and chair in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: 12' x 18' 
  • Living room: 11' x 20' 
  • Bathroom: 6' x 6' 
  • Closets: 4' x 2'

GCU Canyon Residence Halls 3D Interior Rendering


Ironwood Hall

GCU Ironwood Hall
  • Opened in fall 2015
  • Houses 867 students (subject to change)
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students
  • Features an inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor and massive outdoor courtyard

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Incoming student
  • Minimum of 17 years old and not exceeding 19 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Modular sectional couch in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: approximately 14'9" x 11'6" 
  • Living room: approximately 14'9" x 11'6" 
  • Bathrooms: approximately 7' x 6'4" not including shower niche
  • Closets: approximately 7' x 4' with 2'9" x 3' elbow

GCU Grove Residence Halls 3D Interior Rendering

Juniper Hall

GCU Juniper Hall
  • Opened in fall 2015
  • Houses 864 students (subject to change)
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students
  • Features an inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor and massive outdoor courtyard

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Incoming student
  • Minimum of 17 years old and not exceeding 19 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Modular sectional couch in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: approximately 14'9" x 11'6" 
  • Living room: approximately 14'9" x 11'6" 
  • Bathrooms: approximately 7' x 6'4" not including shower niche
  • Closets: approximately 7' x 4' with 2'9" x 3' elbow

GCU Grove Residence Halls 3D Interior Rendering


Willow Hall

GCU Willow Hall
  • Opened in fall 2015
  • Houses 867 students (subject to change)
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students
  • Features an inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor and massive outdoor courtyard

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Incoming student
  • Minimum of 17 years old and not exceeding 19 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Modular sectional couch in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: approximately 14'9" x 11'6"
  • Living room: approximately 14'9" x 11'6"
  • Bathrooms: approximately 7' x 6'4" not including shower niche
  • Closets: approximately 7' x 4' with 2'9" x 3' elbow

GCU Grove Residence Halls Rendering

Dorm Comfort

Returning Student Housing

Camelback Hall

GCU Camelback Hall
  • Opened in 2012
  • Houses 553 students
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living
    room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students
  • Centrally located: close to classrooms and student parking lot
  • Features an inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor and massive outdoor courtyard

GCU 360 TourRequirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning GCU student 
  • Not exceeding 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Couch and chair in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: 12' x 15' 
  • Living room: 12' x 21' 
  • Bathrooms: 7' x 7' 
  • Closets: 6' x 6' in the shape of an "L" with a 2' x 2' cutout

GCU Camelback Residence Halls Double Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering

GCU Camelback Residence Halls Triple Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering

Chaparral Hall

GCU Chaparral Hall
  • Opened in 2013
  • Houses 552 students
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students
  • Features inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor, massive outdoor courtyard and student flex space including an outdoor pool, fitness center and Lopes Mart

GCU 360 TourRequirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning GCU student 
  • Not exceeding 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Couch and chair in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: 12' x 15' 
  • Living room: 12' x 21' 
  • Bathrooms: 7' x 7' 
  • Closets: 6' x 6' in the shape of an "L" with a 2' x 2' cutout

GCU Chaparral Residence Halls Double Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering

GCU Chaparral Residence Halls Triple Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering


Prescott Hall

GCU Prescott Hall
  • Opened in 2011
  • Houses 604 students
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students
  • Centrally located: close to GCU Arena, Student Union, Thunder Alley and intramural field
  • Features an inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor and massive outdoor courtyard

GCU 360 TourRequirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning GCU student 
  • Not exceeding 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Couch and chair in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: 12' x 15' 
  • Living room: 12' x 21' 
  • Bathrooms: 7' x 7' 
  • Closets: 6' x 6' in the shape of an "L" with a 2' x 2' cutout

GCU Prescott Residence Halls Double Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering

GCU Camelback Residence Halls Triple Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering

Sedona Hall

GCU Sedona Hall
  • Opened in 2012 
  • Houses 656 students 
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students
  • Features an inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor and massive outdoor courtyard

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning GCU student 
  • Not exceeding 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Couch and chair in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: 12' x 15' 
  • Living room: 12' x 21' 
  • Bathrooms: 7' x 7' 
  • Closets: 6' x 6' in the shape of an "L" with a 2' x 2' cutout

GCU Sedona Residence Halls Double Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering

GCU Sedona Residence Halls Triple Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering


Transfer Student Options

Ocotillo Hall

GCU Ocotillo Hall
  • Opened in 2014
  • Houses 690 students
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by four students
  • Features an inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor and massive outdoor courtyard

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Incoming/transfer student 19 years old or older
  • Not exceed 29 years old at the start of the academic term 
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Couch and chair in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: 12' x 15' 
  • Living room: 12' x 21' 
  • Bathrooms: 7' x 7' 
  • Closets: 6' x 6' in the shape of an "L" with a 2' x 2' cutout

GCU Ocotillo Residence Halls Double Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering

GCU Ocotillo Residence Halls Triple Occupancy 3D Interior Rendering

Saguaro Hall

GCU Saguaro Hall
  • Opened in 2013
  • Houses 614 students
  • Fully furnished suites: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and large living room area
  • Double occupancy: shared by four students
  • Triple occupancy: shared by six students
  • Features inviting lobby, breakout rooms for studying, laundry facilities on every floor, massive courtyard and student flex space including an outdoor pool and dance studio

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Incoming/transfer student 19 years old or older
  • Not exceed 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student 
  • Three-drawer dresser per student 
  • Desk and chair per student 
  • Modular sectional couch in living room

Room Dimensions

  • Bedrooms: 12' x 15'
  • Living room: 12' x 21'
  • Bathrooms: 7' x 7'
  • Closets: 6' x 6' in the shape of an "L" with a 2' x 2' cutout

GCU Saguaro Residence Halls 3D Interior Rendering

GCU Saguaro Residence Halls 3D Interior Rendering


Apartment Living

Agave Apartments

  • Opening in fall 2016
  • Houses 650 students (subject to change)
  • Unfurnished (bed/appliances provided, no dishwasher) 
  • Three floor plans to choose from:
    • A Unit: three bedrooms, two bathrooms (three students)
    • B Unit: four bedrooms, two bathrooms (four students) 
  • Living room and fully equipped kitchen in each floor plan 
  • Opportunity to create individualized space 
  • Features large shared laundry facilities on each floor, open lobby for community and an outdoor courtyard for student activities

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning GCU student
  • Not exceeding 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

Single Occupancy Unit (A and B)

  • Bedrooms: 9' x 11'
  • Living room: 11' x 15'
  • Kitchen: 11' x 5' 
  • Closets: 5' x 2'

Encanto Apartments

  • Opening in fall 2016
  • Houses 650 students (subject to change)
  • Unfurnished (bed/appliances provided, no dishwasher) 
  • Three floor plans to choose from:
    • A Unit: three bedrooms, two bathrooms (three students)
    • B Unit: four bedrooms, two bathrooms (four students) 
  • Living room and fully equipped kitchen in each floor plan 
  • Opportunity to create individualized space 
  • Features large shared laundry facilities on each floor, open lobby for community and an outdoor courtyard for student activities

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning GCU student
  • Not exceeding 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

Single Occupancy Unit (A and B)

  • Bedrooms: 9' x 11'
  • Living room: 11' x 15'
  • Kitchen: 11' x 5' 
  • Closets: 5' x 2'

North Rim Apartments

GCU North Rim Apartments
  • Remodeled in 2011
  • Houses 444 students
  • Unfurnished (bed/appliances provided)
  • Three floor plans to choose from:
    • A Unit: one bedroom, one bathroom
    • B Unit: two bedrooms, one bathroom
    • C Unit: two bedrooms, two bathrooms
  • Single occupancy: one student per room (only in small bedroom of B Units)
  • Double occupancy: two students per room
  • Fully equipped kitchen and opportunity to create individualized space
  • Features large shared laundry facility, charcoal barbecue and recreational green space

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning GCU student 
  • Not exceeding 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student (if married beds are not provided)
  • One built-in desk per bedroom
  • Refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, oven with electric range top and microwave in kitchen

Room Dimensions

  • A Unit (one bedroom, one bathroom)
    • Bedroom: 10.5' x 9'
    • Dining Area: 8' x 7'
    • Living Room: 13' x 12'
    • Closet: 4' x 5'

GCU North Rim Unit A 3D Interior Rendering

  • B Unit (two bedrooms, one bathroom)
    • Bedrooms: 9' x 10.5' (small), 12' x 11.5' (large)
    • Dining Area: 8' x 7'
    • Living Room: 10.8' x 14.5'
    • Closets: 4' x 5'

GCU North Rim Unit B 3D Interior Rendering

  • C Unit (two bedrooms, two bathrooms)
    • Bedrooms: 10.5' x 9'
    • Dining Area: 8' x 7'
    • Living Room: 13' x 12'
    • Closets: 4' x 5'

GCU North Rim Unit C 3D Interior Rendering

Papago Apartments

GCU Papago Apartments
  • Two buildings
  • Houses 928 students; 732 students in building 47 and 196 students in building 48
  • Unfurnished (beds/appliances provided, no dishwasher)
  • Two floor plans to choose from:
    • Studio Single Occupancy: two bedrooms, one bathroom, no kitchen or living room (two students)
    • Single Occupancy: four bedrooms, two bathrooms (four students)
    • Single occupancy: one student per room
  • Living room and fully equipped kitchen in Single Occupancy units only
  • Opportunity to create individualized space
  • Features large shared laundry facilities on each floor, open lobby for community and outdoor pool

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning student OR incoming/transfer student
  • Minimum of 19 years old and not exceeding 29 years old
  • Full-time undergraduate student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

What is Included

  • Twin extra-long bed and mattress per student
  • Refrigerator and freezer, oven with electric range top and microwave in kitchen (Single Occupancy units only)

Room Dimensions

  • Studio Single Occupancy (two bedrooms, one bathroom)
    • Bedrooms: 11' x 11'
    • Kitchen: N/A
    • Living Room: N/A
    • Closets: 5' x 2'

GCU Papago Aparment 2 Bedroom 3D Interior Rendering

  • Single Occupancy (four bedrooms, two bathrooms)
    • Bedrooms: 9' x 12
    • Kitchen: 9' x 10'
    • Living Room: 11' x 12'
    • Closets: 4.5' x 1.10'

GCU Papago Aparment 4 Bedroom 3D Interior Rendering


Roadrunner Apartments

GCU Roadrunner Apartments Rendered
  • Opening in fall 2016
  • Houses 650 students (subject to change)
  • Unfurnished (bed/appliances provided, no dishwasher)
  • Three floor plans to choose from:
    • A Unit: three bedrooms, two bathrooms (three students)
    • B Unit: four bedrooms, two bathrooms (four students)
  • Living room and fully equipped kitchen in each floor plan
  • Opportunity to create individualized space
  • Features large shared laundry facilities on each floor, open lobby for community and an outdoor courtyard for student activities

Requirements (subject to change each year)

  • Returning GCU student
  • Not exceeding 29 years old at the start of the academic term
  • Full-time student (12 or more credits, at least eight of which must be taken on campus)

Single Occupancy Unit (A and B)

  • Bedrooms: 9' x 11'
  • Living room: 11' x 15'
  • Kitchen: 11' x 5'
  • Closets: 5' x 2'

Off-Campus Student Housing Opportunities

If you are new to GCU's campus, we encourage you to live on campus during your first year. However, if you are interested in living off campus while attending GCU, speak to your admissions representative about off-campus housing opportunities in both West Phoenix and Central Phoenix.


Student Housing Selection

The housing selection process varies depending on if you are a new or returning student.

If you are a new student, you will apply for student housing after enrolling at GCU and registering for classes. GCU begins enrolling new students up to two terms prior to their start date.

Returning students select housing in the spring term of the academic year. This allows you time to understand campus housing and develop an idea of with whom and where you might like to live during the next academic year.

Housing Accommodations Through Disability Services

GCU may be able to accommodate specific housing requests made through Student Disability Services. If you require specific accommodations, contact Student Disability Services to find out more about our policies.

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Student Housing Costs

GCU is committed to keeping housing costs low for students. Housing and meal plan costs are dependent on the accommodations you seek and the type of meal plan you select. Explore our room and board fees to learn more.

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Summer Housing

If you are taking classes or working on campus during the summer, living on campus is the ultimate convenience. Summer housing varies each year, but is open to students who are attending classes on campus or online, or working on campus during the summer months.