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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. The planning of living area allocation and growth, creation/maintenance of online housing selection processes and communication of/accountability to housing policies and deadlines are all aspects Housing Operations oversees.

It is the goal of Housing Operations to provide student centric, premier customer service by keeping students informed of housing opportunities and responsibilities and offering an efficient, intuitive housing selection process. Housing Operations seeks to empower and develop 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

Student Affairs Building, Building 26

Important Dates

Student Housing

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

Residence Life

Additional important information including the list of items to bring and student conduct information is managed by Residence Life. Visit GCU's Office of Residence Life to learn more. 

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 fees to learn more.

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". Review the 2019-20 Reimbursement Fee Schedule and the 
2019-20 Meal Plan Cancellation Schedule for more information.

2020-21 Reimbursement Fee Schedule
2020-21 Meal Plan Cancellation Schedule

Housing Selection

The housing selection processes for new and returning students occur 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 with whom and where you might like to live during the next academic year.

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

GCU reserves the right to adjust the allocation of a living area.

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

You should not under any circumstances share your online housing application username or pin number. You will be held responsible for the actions completed on your online housing application.

Failure to Complete Housing Contract

You must complete and submit the Housing Contract by the first housing cancellation deadline specific to the term for which you are applying. If you are applying for housing after the cancellation deadline, you must complete the Housing Contract at the time of housing selection.

Housing Selection for Returning Students

The Housing Selection Process for returning students happens in three steps. Please review each step and the associated dates and deadlines. 

Housing Selection: Step 1

Step 1 of the Housing Selection Process includes the Standard Selection Process and the Express Renewal Process (only available to select students).

  • Standard Selection Process
    • The date students can access Step 1 of the selection process will be provided via email and will be based on the number of credits the student has currently completed. Once the student has access to Step 1, pay the non-refundable prepayment and complete the student profile.

    • Failure to pay the pre-payment by the deadline will result in a "late applicant" selection timeslot which will be assigned on the last day of the Housing Selection Process. Late applicants are not able to participate in roommate groups.

    • Students will be emailed their assigned Housing Selection timeslot at the close of Step 1.

  • Express Renewal Process
    • The Express Renewal Process will be available to a select group of students and it allows them to complete the housing application process in one step (no need for Steps 2 or 3). It follows the same process as the Standard Selection Process along with the following:

    • Renewing current bed for the following academic year.

    • Selecting a meal plan.

    • No roommate group option.

By choosing Express Renewal, you are stating you want to remain in your current housing reservation for the following academic year. Please keep in mind if you complete the Express Renewal Process, you will still need to complete the application in full and remain eligible for campus housing. You will not be eligible for roommate groups if you opt into this process. If you start your application after the Step 1 deadline, you will be considered a late applicant and will no longer be eligible to express renew your current bed.

Express Renewal is NOT available for incoming freshmen, transfer residents, current RA’s, Life Leaders or preferred roommates of RA’s and Life Leaders.

Housing Selection: Step 2

The second step of the Housing Selection Process is optional and allows you the opportunity to participate in a roommate group of 2 or 4 people. This optional opportunity to participate in a roommate group of two or four people. This means you can select housing with the people you prefer to room with, regardless of assigned timeslots. Participation in a roommate group does not guarantee you will get to live together or in your preferred location. Please make sure to review the following information:

  • Dates for Step 2
  • Select a group leader (this should be the person in the group with the best timeslot) and create a roommate group through the online housing application.
  • The group leader is responsible for choosing the group's housing reservations in Step 3. This should be the person in the group with the best timeslot.
  • Once the roommate group is formed, the leader must verify the group in the online housing application.
  • You may only be in one roommate group.
  • Groups may not be larger than four students. Smaller groups are highly recommended.
  • Editing your roommate group will be available through the close of Step 2 on March 23. This only allows for deleting group members. Students will not be able to add other students to their roommate group.
  • Late applicants may not create or join a roommate group.

Housing Selection: Step 3

It is time to choose your housing for next year! This may be particularly helpful if you are part of a roommate group.

If you are part of a Roommate Group

  • The group leader selects the group's housing reservation for the academic school year during their assigned timeslot.
  • The group leader or individuals without a group selects a group's housing reservation for the academic school year.
  • If your group is unable to find a room that allows all group members to live together, you should consider the following:
    • Removing yourself from the group and selecting individual housing reservations according to your individual timeslot.

After you have selected your housing reservation or it has been selected for you by your group leader, you need to select your meal plan (if required) and sign the Housing Contract. Once you have completed this step, the Housing Selection Process is complete!

  • Log in to your housing application during your individual timeslot, sign the housing contract (all students) and sign up for a meal plan (if required for your chosen living area).
  • Optional: Sign up for renter's insurance.

Failure to complete this contract by the deadline will result in the cancellation of your GCU housing reservation.

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 (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 (17-19) in:

  • Business 
  • College of Nursing and Healthcare Professionals (CONHCP)
  • 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.

Summer Housing

If you are taking classes or working on campus during the hot season, living on campus is the ultimate convenience. Students who remain on campus during the summer semester must follow all Housing, Residence Life and University policies.


Summer residents must be GCU undergraduate students working on campus (as verified by Human Resources) and/or taking summer classes (on-ground or online).

About Summer Housing

Summer students 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. Deadline to apply for summer housing is Tuesday, April 16 at 11:59 pm.


Summer 2019 Move-In Friday, May 10 (check out of spring housing on Monday, May 13)
Summer Student Fall 2019 Move-In and Contingency Move-In* Friday, July 26
Summer 2019 Move-Out Monday, July 29
Summer Term May 10 - Aug. 26
Location Chaparral, Ocotillo and Saguaro Halls
Cost $1,200 for students taking GCU classes
  $1,600 for students working on campus
Meal Plans (optional) $250 or $500 Dining Dollars

*Summer 2019 students with no Fall 2019 housing reservation will be required to move out of summer housing on Friday, July 26 and into contingency housing until Friday, Aug. 16.

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