Student moving in with box and suitcase
Two students arranging dorm room on movein

The university believes that residence halls provide an educational benefit to students. The experience of living and participating in a residence hall enriches the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical life. It is by nature experiential. One is challenged to learn and live with others who are different from themselves. It is an opportunity to translate faith into learning and living.

In light of the above beliefs, all students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program are required to live in campus housing unless they qualify for at least one of the following exemptions: 

  1. Living at home with their parent(s) or parental age relative
  2. 21 years of age or older before the first day of class or within the “grace period” of the first two weeks of each semester
  3. Married or getting married before the start of the semester
  4. Are a parent and primary care giver for their child
  5. Carrying fewer than 9 units
  6. Accepted to live in an authorized residential ministry programs.

In addition, any student receiving FPU institutional aid equal to 80% or more of the current cost of tuition will be required to live on campus. Faculty/staff tuition waivers from FPU’s employee benefit program will not be counted against this 80%.
•    For new students, this policy takes effect for the Fall of 2015.
•    For new students who were awarded scholarships for the 2015-16 school year prior to the adoption of this policy, this policy takes effect for the Fall of 2016.  
•    For students currently enrolled at FPU, this policy takes effect for the Fall of 2016.  

Students must demonstrate compliance with the housing policy, every year before the first day of class, by completing and submitting a Housing Policy Form. Students who fail to do so will be charged the applicable room and board rate (applied to their student account) until they come into compliance with the housing policy by either moving on-campus, qualifying for an exemption listed below or successfully petitioning to live off campus.

Requests to Live Off-Campus

Students (including new and transfer students) who are single, under 21 years of age and taking more than 9 units must fill out and submit a completed Housing Policy Form. New students will submit the completed form at pre-registration and returning students can submit the completed form to the Student Life Office. Students who do not qualify to live off-campus and who wish to apply for an out of the ordinary exemption may apply to the Residence Life Committee by submitting a letter that includes a request to be exempt from the policy and all pertinent details of their out of the ordinary circumstances.

Written requests must be turned in to the Residence Life and Housing Office in the Student Life Office at least four weeks before the first day of class for the upcoming semester. The Housing Petitions Committee will review cases within two weeks of receiving requests. Decisions by the Residence Life Committee are final. (Financial difficulty does not qualify for an out of the ordinary exemption from the housing policy.)

*Students who are 23 years of age or older may petition for special permission from the director of residence life and housing to live on campus. This provision includes all incoming transfer or international students.

*All students must have a $200 housing deposit on file before being assigned housing.

*Returning students who have signed up for a room but do not plan to occupy it must notify the Residence Life and Housing Office in writing by June 1st for the fall semester and December 15th for the spring semester. Failure to meet this notification deadline will result in a forfeit of the $200 housing deposit.

*New students who have submitted a Roommate Match From and their $200 housing deposit but wish to withdraw their housing request must notify the Residence Life and Housing Office in writing by August 20th. Failure to meet this notification deadline will result in a forfeit of the $200 housing deposit.

What to Bring

Are you wondering what to bring along with you to FPU? Below are some suggestions of common items that you may want to have. Happy packing!

Must Haves:
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Sheets (All living areas have twin extra long mattresses: 7.25” x 36” x 80”)
  • Blankets
  • Comforter
  • Pillow(s)
  • School supplies
  • Toiletries (hair products, shaving items, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc)
  • Medications/Prescriptions
  • Laundry and Cleaning Items
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Laundry detergent, softener and stain remover
  • All-purpose cleaner/dusting supplies
Optional Items:

Appliances (Contact your roommate over the summer to see who will bring the following items. Only one of each of the following appliances is allowed per room):

  • Microwave
  • Small refrigerator (3.0 cubic feet maximum)
  • Television
  • Coffeemaker with an automatic shut-off
Miscellaneous Items:
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Key ring/lanyard/ID holder
  • Umbrella
Personal Items:
  • Bath mat
  • Bike (Bikes are not allowed in living areas and must be stored in a bike locker) Contact Student Government at 559-453-2040 to learn more about bike lockers
  • Shower caddy (one with holes in the bottom is best)
Room Accessories:
  • Calendar/White Board/Cork Board
  • Computer
  • Chargers (computer and phone)
  • Power strip(s) with surge protector No major appliance may be plugged into a power strip
  • Posters, photos, other room decorations
  • Small pins to hang posters, etc
  • Nails, tape, hooks or other items that may permanently damage the walls are not allowed
  • Trashcan/Trashbags
What Not to Bring:
  • Candles
  • Extension cords
  • Hot plates
  • Toasters
  • Pets of any kind

Standard Room Includes:

  • Standard desk with chair
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Drawers
  • Twin extra long mattress (7.25” x 36” x 80”)

Please use these dimensions when purchasing sheets as some extra long sheets will not fit. (Bed, Bath & Beyond sheets with these dimensions do work.)

Note: At move-in, no furniture may be disassembled or re-assembled. Students may request through workorder.fresno.edu or their RA to have their furniture reconfigured by Facilities management. All furniture provided by the university must stay in the room.