Each year, Pepperdine juniors and seniors decide whether or not to live on or off campus. Rising juniors share their perspectives on living in an apartment in Malibu and students share their housing rates living off campus.
Pepperdine’s Housing and Residence Life is facing capacity issues with a large incoming first-year class and a higher-than-normal number of sophomores staying in Malibu. Housing Director Robin Gore explained some of the problems and solutions the University is looking to implement for the fall.
Over the spring recess, 75 students moved on-campus despite the qualifications for hardship housing remaining unchanged. Recently moved-in students discuss the challenges and benefits of living on-campus.
While much of the Pepperdine community is excited about the partial reopening of the Malibu campus, there are still many who have some qualms with it. For students living too far to visit campus, or those who are still trying to keep them and their families safe from the COVID-19 virus, reopening can be frustrating.
Parents spent the past year watching their students adapt to online learning and a new virtual reality. Now with schools, including Pepperdine, starting to open, parents have mixed feelings about sending their students back.
Pepperdine administration decided to permanently close the Shanghai international program, which brought disappointment to a lot of students. The cancellation of the Shanghai program is a financial, political and cultural mismanagement.
Despite a closed campus and restricted civic activities, some first-year students sought to replicate as much of the college experience as COVID-19 allowed. Several first-years describe the experience of navigating leases, living away from home and seeking community.
Lovernich Apartments underwent renovations over the summer with new finishes and fixtures following student feedback. HRL raised prices only slightly, though it remains to be seen if students will be able to select a desired living space during room reservations for the spring if on-campus occupancy is increased.
Pepperdine students share pros and cons of living in the Malibu area despite the lack of in-person classes and on-campus activity.
Director of Housing Operations Robin Gore explains what the campus housing experience will look like for students staying on campus this semester.