Housing Operations

The Office of Housing Operations at Grand Canyon University manages the housing reservations and logistical needs of both the incoming and returning residential community on campus. They oversee the planning of living area allocation and growth, the creation and maintenance of online housing selection processes, as well as the communication and accountability of housing policies and deadlines.

It is the goal of Housing Operations seeks to provide student-centric, premier customer service by keeping students informed of housing opportunities and responsibilities, offering an efficient and intuitive housing selection process and empowering students to navigate housing needs and priorities. Striving for continual improvement of student service, processes and policies is paramount to Housing Operations.

 

Contact Housing Operations

602-639-6240
[email protected]
Student Life, Building 26

Important Dates

Our Mission

The Office of Housing Operations provides student centric, premier customer service by keeping students informed of housing opportunities and responsibilities and offering an efficient, intuitive housing selection process.

Our Vision

  • We seek to empower and develop students to navigate housing needs and priorities.
  • We strive for continual improvement of student service, processes and policies.
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Student Housing

GCU offers a variety of housing options for new and returning students. Our suite-style residence halls and apartments offer all the amenities you need to make GCU your home away from home. All students must meet the Housing Eligibility Requirements to live on campus. Browse through our housing options to learn more!


Housing Selection

The housing selection processes for incoming and returning students occurs during two different time periods based on the needs of each group. 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 where and with whom you might like to live during the next academic year.

Apply for Housing

GCU hopes that all students who desire on-campus housing are able to secure a housing reservation. GCU strives to intentionally maintain viable options for all students. In the event that returning students are unable to choose a bed on campus due to capacity, GCU has created contingency plans to open further housing options as needed.

Allocation and Building Designation

Campus housing is allocated between new and returning students. GCU reserves the right to adjust the allocation of a living area at any time.

General Housing Selection Policies 

Protecting Your Password

Under no circumstances should students share their Student Portal username or password. Students are held responsible for the actions completed in their portal.

Failure to Complete Housing Contract

Students will not be permitted to move in without a signed Housing Contract. Students who have a housing assignment must complete the Housing Contract by the Step 3 deadline. Failure to complete the Housing Contract by the Step 3 deadline communicates to Housing Operations that the student does not intend to live on campus, resulting in a canceled reservation.

Housing Selection Process for Returning Students

The Housing Selection process for returning students consists of three steps. Please review each step and the associated dates and deadlines.

Returning Student Housing Application Deadlines

Step 1

Standard Selection Process

  • Step 1 includes paying a $200 non-refundable pre-payment and completing a profile.
  • Access dates for Step 1 will be assigned (provided via email based on the number of current completed credits) to help mitigate portal traffic and does not affect a student’s housing selection timeslot for Step 3 (one student paying on time before another student paying on time does not give an advantage).
  • Selection timeslots for Step 3 will be sent after the close of Step 1.
  • Failure to pay the $200 pre-payment by the Step 1 deadline will result in a “late applicant” selection timeslot assigned for the last day of the Housing Selection Process. Late applicants will not be eligible to participate in roommate groups and should expect to only see temporary overflow housing options when selecting a bed.
  • Temporary Overflow Housing: GCU always has more students apply for housing than actually end up living on campus. A temporary waiting period for beds to open up on campus should be expected. Temporary overflow housing spaces are not intended for students to remain in permanently and are not attached to an actual bed on campus. Students select temporary overflow spaces so they can get financially cleared and can complete their housing application while waiting for an actual bed to open up.

Express Renewal Process (optional)

  • Express Renewal is only available for select beds intended for returning students and not allocated for specified populations (Resident Assistants, Life Leaders, student athletes, etc.). Students who choose to opt into Express Renewal will complete the Housing Selection process fully in Step 1 by renewing their current bed for the following academic year, selecting a meal plan and signing their Housing Contract. Roommate groups are not available to students who participate in the Express Renewal process.
  • Students who begin their application after the Step 1 deadline will be considered late applicants and will not be eligible for Express Renewal.

Step 2 (Optional)

Students have the opportunity to participate in roommate groups in Step 2. This optional step is outlined below:

  • Students can only create roommate groups of two or four through the housing application and must designate a group leader (this should be the student in the group with the earliest timeslot).
  • Once the group is formed, the leader must verify the group in the housing application.
  • The group leader is responsible for choosing each group member’s housing assignment in Step 3.
  • Each group member must log on to select their own meal plan and sign their own contract during their designated timeslot.
  • Editing roommate groups by adding or removing members is available until the Step 2 deadline. After Step 2, students may only remove themselves from groups or delete groups.
  • Late applicants may not create or join a roommate group.
  • The ability for a group to live together is based on availability. At some points students may need to decide between who they want to live with and where they want to live.

Step 3

Step 3 includes:

  • Selecting a bed
    • Individuals not in a group select their own assignment.
    • Group leaders select beds on behalf of each member of the roommate group.
    • If the roommate group is unable to find a room that allows all group members to live together, the members should consider removing themselves from the group and selecting housing on an individual basis according to their assigned timeslots.
  • Selecting a meal plan
  • Signing the Housing Contract
  • Signing up for renter’s insurance (optional)
  • Students who have a housing assignment but do not complete the Housing Contract by the Step 3 deadline will have their reservation canceled.

Allocation and Building Designation

Campus housing is allocated for students who are new to GCU and for students who are returning.

General Housing Selection Policies 

Protecting Your Password

The sharing of online housing application usernames or passwords is not allowed under any circumstances. Students will be held responsible for the actions completed on their online housing application.

Failure to Complete Housing Contract

After students have selected housing reservations, they will select a meal plan and sign the Housing Contract.

  • Optional: Sign up for renter's insurance.

Housing Contracts must be completed and submitted by the housing cancellation deadline specific to that term. If a student is applying for housing after the cancellation deadline has passed, the Housing Contract must be complete at the time of housing selection.

Failure to complete this contract by the established deadline will result in the cancellation of the GCU housing reservation. Once this step is finished, the Housing Selection Process is complete!

Housing Selection for New Students

Look through the upcoming dates for new students to select their housing. 

New Student Housing Application Deadlines

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide an opportunity for new students ages 17-19 in select programs to live in close, tight-knit communities where they can build new friendships and networks with others in their program. Students who qualify and opt into living in an LLC during the housing selection process can look forward to exclusive events and opportunities. LLCs currently exist for new students ages 17-19 in:

  • Business 
  • College of Fine Arts and Production (COFAP)
  • College of Nursing and Healthcare Professionals (CONHCP)
  • College of Theology (COT)
  • Honors
  • Psychology
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
  • College of Education (COE)

LLC Availability

The decision to opt into/out of LLC housing is made during Selection Round One. LLC beds fill fast! During Selection Round Two, students who are interested in Living Learning Communities will have access to the LLC Waitlist. Placement is not guaranteed.

Allocation and Building Designation

Campus housing is allocated for students who are new to GCU and for students who are returning.

General Housing Selection Policies

Protecting Your Password

The sharing of online housing application usernames or passwords is not allowed under any circumstances. Students will be held responsible for the actions completed on their online housing application.

Failure to Complete Housing Contract

After students have selected housing reservations, they will select a meal plan and sign the Housing Contract.

  • Optional: Sign up for renter's insurance.

Housing Contracts must be completed and submitted by the housing cancellation deadline specific to that term. If a student is applying for housing after the cancellation deadline has passed, the Housing Contract must be complete at the time of housing selection.

Failure to complete this contract by the established deadline will result in the cancellation of the GCU housing reservation. Once this step is finished, the Housing Selection Process is complete!

Spring Only Housing Selection

Review the upcoming dates and deadlines for Spring Only Housing selection.

Spring Only Housing Application Deadlines

Eligible Summer Residents

  • Summer resident assistants
  • Student workers
  • Students enrolled in on-campus summer courses

Details

Summer students and student workers must be present for summer move-in and spring checkout. Summer students may extend their stay in their spring housing reservation until the summer move-in date. Summer 2021 important dates and costs will be announced in spring 2021.

View Frequently Asked Questions

Summer 2021 housing application opens Friday, March 5
Summer 2021 housing application deadline Friday, April 16
Summer 2021 move-in: by appointment only  Friday, May 7
Summer student fall 2021 move-in Friday, Aug. 6
Summer 2021 move-out* Monday, Aug. 9
Location Roadrunner Apartments and Willow Hall
Meal plans (optional): (per semester)
No Meal Plan $0
Canyon $250 $250
Canyon $500 $500
Canyon $800 $800
Canyon $1,075 $1,075
Summer Housing Rates: (per semester)
Triple Occupancy $990
Double Occupancy $1,300
Apartment $1,650

*Summer 2021 students with no Fall 2021 housing reservation will be required to move out of summer housing by Monday, Aug. 9.


Housing Costs

GCU is committed to keeping housing costs low. 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 rates to find a plan that fits your needs and budget.

Withdrawal From Housing

If you need to withdraw from GCU Housing before the end of your Housing Contract, you will need to fill out the Housing Withdrawal form. The form can be found by logging into your housing portal and clicking on "Forms." 

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