Frequently Asked Questions

George Fox University requires all students to live on campus for a minimum of two years. Exceptions to the residency requirement are granted for students over the age of 20, who are married, have junior status or who are commuting from home. Please refer to the Off-Campus Information page for more information in this area.
If a student needs to request a housing accommodation for medical or disability reasons they should complete a Housing Accommodation Request. Forms are available in the student life office or under the Student Life Forms page. Requests should be submitted to student life by March 6 for current students or by May 1 for new students.

Current Students should have their housing assignment and roommate information posted sometime in early April once the housing selection process has concluded. In order to participate in this process, students need to have paid a $150 housing deposit and completed the housing form. Please refer to the Housing Selection page for more information.

New students should receive their housing assignment sometime in mid- to late June if they have a housing form and enrollment deposit submitted by May 1. After May 1, housing assignments will be made on a rolling basis as space is available. Please refer to the New Student page for additional details.

To be considered for on-campus housing, new students need to submit a $300 enrollment deposit to the admissions office by May 1. Priority for housing placements is based on the date a student pays his or her enrollment deposit.
George Fox only has a small number of single rooms available for students. Generally, these are reserved for individuals who have requested a housing accommodation. If you would like to be considered for a single room, you can contact or complete a Housing Accommodation Request.

Current students are allowed to identify specific roommates through the housing selection process.

New students can opt to live with someone they know, but are encouraged to consider living with someone new. Residence life believes that building relationships with new people adds to the depth of community and contributes to a student’s overall experience. If you would like to request a specific roommate, both parties need to list each other’s name on the housing form available in MyGFU by May 1.

If a preferred roommate has not been admitted prior to the housing assignment being made, the university may not be able to accommodate the request.

New students can make changes to the housing form through MyGFU at any time. After May 1 students will need to contact the student life office or email to make changes since the housing staff will have started the process of pairing students with roommates and placing them in housing.

Each semester there are open room change periods when students can explore the option of moving to another living area. Students who desire to change rooms should pick up a Room Change Request form from the student life office. This form outlines the room change process and the steps students need to take. This form must be completed and approved before changing rooms.

All current students who intend to live on campus for the next academic year need to pay a $150 housing deposit prior to housing selection. This will be applied to the following fall semester's housing charges. Please refer to the Housing Deposit page for more information.

New students do not pay a housing deposit. They just need to pay the $300 enrollment deposit to the admissions office.

University housing is in use year-round, so it is not possible for individuals to see specific rooms. However, the admissions office offers guided tours during the academic year and through the summer. If you’d like to schedule a tour, please contact the admissions office or your admissions counselor.

Students may have appliances, such as mini-refrigerators and microwaves, in their rooms. However, students are not allowed to cook in their rooms using an open flame (e.g., camp stoves, Bunsen burners) or appliances that contain an open coil (e.g., stove burners). Coffee makers or hot pots with insulated carafes are allowed if they do not have a warming plate. Appliances such as toasters and coffee makers (with warming plates) can be used in the community kitchens.

It is recommended that students bring extra-long twin size sheets (Twin XL). Students or parents may purchase extra-long twin sheets through the George Fox linens program.

Because of associated safety risks, students are not permitted to loft beds in on-campus housing. This includes the use of both manufactured and hand-built lofting aids.

Many beds in university housing can be bunked through the use of special hardware. Please contact your resident assistant if you would like to have your bed bunked so they can help with this process.

Laundry facilities are available for all students living on campus. New and returning students will receive new laundry cards with a set value at the beginning of each academic year. In most cases, the value of the card will allow students to do laundry through the year.

Students who need to purchase a new laundry card or add value to an existing card may do so at the add-value station located in the Student Union Building. This is located opposite the Bruin Den at the top of the stairs to the Foxhole.

Animals in university housing pose serious health, safety and maintenance risks. In addition, many students have allergic reactions to various animals. Therefore, the only pets allowed are harmless fish. All other pets are not allowed in campus housing.

All of student housing has complete wireless coverage through foxwifi. Please refer to IT’s WiFi page for details about how to connect to the wireless network.

This is a list of fines and their associated costs.

Housing related
Unauthorized tampering with fire safety equipment $100 + damage
Burning in student housing (incense, candles, cigarettes, etc.) $25 (1st); $50 (2nd); $100 (3rd)
After first violation it becomes a lifestyle issue
Unintentional damage to campus property cost of repair
Intentional damage to campus property $50 + cost of repair
Unauthorized removal of university property $25 + damage
Storage of motorized vehicles inside housing (includes porches) $100 + damage
Unauthorized removal of room screens $25
Damage to screens $50 (replacement)
Missed mandatory meeting (2 per yr.) $10
Unauthorized room change $50
Unauthorized early move-in $50
Authorized early move-in $35
Unauthorized staying on campus $50 per night
Authorized staying on campus $35 per night
Unauthorized guest $35 per night
Unauthorized access to buildings when closed $25; $50 if night
Unauthorized access to roof or ledge $50
Incomplete checkout - late return of housing key (over 7 days past move date) $25
Lifestyle related
Incomplete community service $10 per hour
Possession of firearm, paintball, air soft on campus 1st – Confiscation until taken home; 2nd + $25
Failure to evacuate or failure to comply with orders of security or other authorized personnel during fire drills, etc. $50

NOTE: In the last week of classes, all housing and lifestyle violations turned into fines.

Greek life is a little different at George Fox than at many colleges across the United States. The university has many different options for on-campus housing and encourages a safe and vibrant community experience for students in dorms, suites, apartments and houses. George Fox's two-year on-campus residency requirement provides an extended opportunity for social, academic and spiritual growth.

While there are no fraternities or sororities, there are Greek honor societies such as the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta national honors society for English majors and minors and Alpha Chi, a national honor society that promotes academic excellence and exemplary character.

Students who have a home address of 300+ miles away qualify to store up to five boxes on campus over the summer. The boxes may be 2ft x 2ft x 2ft or smaller in size. Students who are interested in this option need to speak with their RA, who will have further details about placing items in campus storage facilities.

If you have questions or concerns that were not answered regarding on-campus housing, please feel free to contact the student life office at 503-554-2310 or We will do our best to answer your questions and address your concerns.