The Department of Residence Life exists to foster intentional community and facilitate procedures that promote the safety and well-being of the student body. Residence Life is made up of Resident Directors (or RDs), professional staff members who oversee the campus living areas, and Resident Assistants (or RAs), student leaders who oversee halls within the living area. Residence Life encourages student development by utilizing a student-led community learning plan, student conduct focused on restorative justice and a roommate conflict resolution process.
The Department of Residence Life provides a co-curricular experience for students by providing a student leader led community learning plan. As a result of living in university housing, students will become Christ-like servant leaders through an awareness of self and engagement with others.
- Self-Awareness: Each student will understand who they are.
- Relationships & Communities: Each student will understand how to engage in communities and healthy relationships.
- Servant Leadership: Each student will understand how to be a servant leader.
Community Learning Plan
Grand Canyon University (GCU) is committed to your learning both inside and outside of the classroom. One of the ways we do this is through our Community Learning Plan. The Community Learning Plan serves as a guide to our Resident Assistants (RAs) as they seek to foster a holistic learning environment for our residents. RAs do this by investing in meaningful relationships with each resident and creating informative events within the building. The Community Learning Plan consists of the following topics, which we believe are essential to healthy living:
- Healthy Relationships
- Mental Health
- Physical Health and Wellness
- Life Skills
Resident Directors and Assistants
Resident Directors (or RDs) are professional staff members that oversee your building. Your RD’s help manage the building by leading a team of Resident Assistants (or RAs), who uphold the University Policy Handbook and support the residents of their building. RAs are student leaders that live on your floor. It is their job to plan events, build a sense of community, help residents with roommate conflict, help you connect to campus resources and to uphold the University Policy handbook.
The Student Conduct Department is a department within Residence Life. We support the educational mission of the university by upholding the Community Standards. The GCU Student Conduct Process is a fair and informal educational process designed to promote an educational environment and develop students to be a part of the global community.
For more information about the Community Standards, visitation privileges, alcohol and drug policies and more, refer to the Community Standards in the University Policy Handbook.
Housing Operations helps you find your new home on campus. We organize the logistical needs of all students desiring to join the GCU residential community. Our goal is to provide student-centered customer service by keeping you informed about your housing opportunities. Learn about the housing application process, housing options for the upcoming academic year and more.
What to Bring
Below is a list of items you will want to bring to your residence hall or apartment. Also included are things you may want to leave at home or are not allowed in either residence halls or apartments. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Residence Life.
Take time to communicate with your roommates and discuss what you will each bring! This helps speed up the move-in process and ensures there will not be unnecessary multiples in your suite. Contact info for your roommate can be found on the "status" page of your application.
Utilities and Amenities
GCU provides a number of services while you are living on campus. These services are included as part of the Housing Contract. Please browse below to learn more:
The living area on each floor has laundry facilities provided by a third-party vendor. Payment can be made through the vendor’s app. However, Lopes Cash is not an acceptable form of payment. Instructions for payment and operation are in each laundry room.
Packages can be ordered and delivered to:
3300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85017
You can pick up packages from the mail center. If it is an Amazon order, you have the option to order it to an Amazon Hub locker. These lockers are placed in different locations around campus and receive deliveries directly from Amazon.
You may be assigned a mailbox at the time of move-in. The box and key are your responsibility until checkout. Upon checkout, the mail key must be returned to the Mail Center or a fee will be charged to your account. For more information, please contact the GCU Mail Center at 602-639-7905.
Facility Services is responsible for the condition of each living area upon move-in. They are here to help you if you have any questions about or requests for repairs and maintenance. Once you accept the condition of your living area at check-in, you are responsible for the normal maintenance of items such as toilet paper and other dispensable items.
For any basic repairs, you must submit a facilities request through the student portal. The request link can be found under the My Housing tab. The request will be evaluated and executed in a timely manner. Requests submitted over the weekend will be evaluated the following week.
Note: Plugged toilets do not suffice for a necessary repair request. Please plan on purchasing a plunger for the room.
All emergency maintenance needs should be directed to the RA on-call during normal business hours. For after-hour emergencies or holiday and weekend maintenance needs (flooding, loss of electrical power, broken A/C in extreme weather, etc.), contact the RA on-call or the Department of Public Safety at 602-639-8100.
Pools and Spas
The pools on the GCU campus are the perfect place to unwind after class. You can enjoy swimming in the heated pools, relaxing in the hot tubs, sunbathing on the chaise lounge chairs or hanging out under the resort-style cabanas.
10 am – 10 pm
College roommates can become lifelong friends. Your roommate is likely someone you’ll make many memories with at GCU. Many GCU departments work together to provide you with a successful and fun college experience. While completing your housing application, you’ll be asked a series of questions relating to living with a roommate. Your responses are used to help identify potential well-matched roommates. It’s important to be honest when answering the questions.
Roommate Conflict Resolution
Living on campus is an exciting experience but does not come without its challenges. If you have ever shared a room with anyone, you know that conflict can arise. Our Residence Life team has implemented processes that are meant to help students grow and mature while resolving any instances of conflict. When a student graduates from GCU, Residence Life hopes that they will have learned how to live in community with others and deal with conflict in an autonomous, Christ-centered way.