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.
With 2,500 students living on campus this fall, HRL is finding new ways to cultivate community among first and second-years while prioritizing safety. RAs and SLAs take on the largest group of students to ever be housed at Pepperdine, yet they are dedicated to fulfilling their mission to lead, support and bond with their peers in the best way they can.
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.
Pepperdine shared a second draft of its interim COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for community review May 12. The updated policy would make vaccination mandatory for students, staff and faculty for the fall 2021 semester.
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.
Pepperdine Housing and Residence Life prepares to reopen in fall 2021 with full capacity for students. HRL leaders talk through the logistics of an in-person fall in regards to housing and community building.
As another semester begins online, more students move to the Malibu area to regain a portion of the Pepperdine experience. Athletes arrive on campus to begin training for their sports seasons, while students seek better living accommodations on and off campus.
Pepperdine, like many other organizations, faced unanticipated financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University expects to lose millions of dollars in revenue this year, but administrators maintain that Pepperdine’s overall financial health will remain unchanged.
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.
Director of Housing Operations Robin Gore explains what the campus housing experience will look like for students staying on campus this semester.