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.
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 Withdraw from Housing form. The form can be found by logging into your housing portal and clicking on "Withdraw from Housing. Review the 2018-19 reimbursement fee schedule and the 2018-19 meal plan cancellation schedule for more information.
The housing selection processes for incoming 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 as incoming student housing, transfer housing and returning student housing. New students who are 20 years and older at the start of the academic term are defined as transfer students.
Students with unique or extenuating circumstances may appeal housing options to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
You select housing through the three-step annual Housing Selection Process.
Step 1: Pre-Payment to Commit to Housing
The first step of the Housing Selection Process involves paying a non-refundable pre-payment to reserve a bed on campus for the following academic year.
There are now two different choices for some returning students: the “Normal Selection Process” and the “Express Renewal Process.”
Normal Renewal Process
- Review specific dates for Step 1.
- Receive your online appointment time via email from Housing Operations.
- During your appointment time, pay the non-refundable pre-payment, create opportunity to participate in roommate groups and receive a housing selection timeslot based on student classification.
- Failure to pay the pre-payment by the deadline will result in a "late applicant" selection timeslot, assigned for the last day of the Housing Selection Process. Late applicants are not able to participate in roommate groups and will be given a late housing selection timeslot. You will be emailed your Housing Selection Timeslot at the close of Step 1.
Express Renewal Process
Same process as Normal Renewal Process with the following additions:
- Renew current bed for the following academic year.
- Select a meal plan.
- Complete the housing application.
- No roommate groups.
- The Housing Selection Process is complete in Step 1 (no need for Step 2 or Step 3).
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. Students who choose Express Renewal will not be eligible for roommate groups. By choosing Express Renewal, you are stating you want to remain in your current housing reservation for the following academic year. If you start your application after the Step 1 deadline, you will be considered a late applicant and go through the application as a general population student.
Eligible areas for Express Renewal include:
- Apartments: North Rim, Papago, Agave, Diamondback, Cactus and Jerome(not every bed may be available)
- Residence Halls: Camelback and Prescott Halls (not every bed may be available)
Express Renewal is NOT available for incoming freshmen, transfer residents, current RA’s, Life Leaders or preferred roommates of RA’s and Life Leaders.
Living Areas that are not available for Express Renewal include:
- Willow Hall
- Canyon Hall
- Saguaro Hall
- Chaparral Hall
- Sedona Hall
- Encanto Apartments
- Roadrunner Apartments
Step 2: Creation of Roommate Groups (Optional)
The second step of the Housing Selection Process is optional, but recommended. This optional opportunity allows you to select housing with preferred roommates, regardless of assigned timeslots. Participation in roommate groups does not guarantee that you will live with preferred roommates or in your preferred location. Roommate selection is only for the following academic year.
- Review specific dates for Step 2.
- Select a group leader 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 six students. Smaller groups are highly recommended.
- Roommate groups can be changed throughout the housing selection process.
- Late applicants may not create or join a roommate group.
Step 3: Housing Selection, Meal Plan Selection, Completion of Housing Contract
It is time to choose your housing for next year! This may be particularly helpful if you are part of a roommate group.
- Review specific dates for Step 3.
- 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.
- Creating a smaller group.
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.
- You must log in and complete the Housing Contract by the established deadline. Failure to complete this contract by the deadline will result in cancellation of a GCU housing reservation.
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).
|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.