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Finding a sense of belonging at college isn’t just important. It’s an essential part of the college journey.

At Chapman, our on-campus housing helps you do just that. Our residence halls are safe, comfortable communities where you’ll meet new friends, find your niche on campus and grow as both a student and a person.

First-Year Housing

At Chapman, on-campus housing is guaranteed and required for your first two years. However, you can opt-out if you plan to live near campus with a relative.

That means that you automatically have a space in the residence halls or Chapman-owned apartments for your first and second years here. Living on campus also makes it easier to:

  • Make friends.
  • Find clubs to join.
  • Get to your classes.
  • Participate in on-campus events and activities.
  • Engage with your field of study and get involved in research.
  • Take advantage of campus amenities like the library, IT/tech support and plenty more.

Research shows that living on campus also improves academic performance, graduation rates and overall sense of fulfillment in college. That’s why so many first-year students at Chapman (over 90%) live on campus — even the ones who don’t have to.

In addition, Housing Grants are awarded to select students living in Chapman residence halls and apartments. Awards are determined by your FAFSA form and family’s financial situation.

First-year Housing Tour

On our TikTok account, Val (a tour guide and resident advisor) shows off the housing area and amenities.

@chapmanu Tour Tuesday! Check out our first year residence halls and all the amenities they have with our awesome tour guide Val! #chapman #tourtuesday #chapmanuniversity #freshmanlife ♬ FEEL THE GROOVE - Queens Road, Fabian Graetz

Living-Learning Communities

At Chapman, your residence hall is a Living-Learning Community. This means you will live on the same floor as other students in your college/field of study.

So while you won’t get to pick your own roommates as a first-year student, you’ll live with and learn alongside other students who are passionate about what you’re passionate about and find lifelong friends and colleagues along the way.

Brandon Garcia ‘19
Strategic and Corporate Communication Major
“In Living-Learning Communities, the people you live with are doing the same thing you are. When you get together, you’ll have so much in common and so much to talk about.”

Continuing Student Housing (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors)

Once you’re a sophomore, you have the option of moving out of the residence halls and into continuing student housing.

Our continuing student housing is just a short walk (or shuttle ride!) away from campus. You’ll be able to pick where you live and who you live with.

To see all of the housing options we offer beyond your first year at Chapman, check out our Continuing Student Housing page.

Or if a quick look is more your style, check out this video of Chapman Grand:



And here is a video of our newest on-campus apartment complex, The K:


Or use our 360-degree tour to check out our residence halls for yourself:

Launch Residence Life Tour


Transfer Housing

As a transfer student, you are not required to live on campus, but you can if you want to. We can’t guarantee housing for transfer students, but we will do our best to accommodate you. The silver lining? If we can house you, you will live in continuing student housing (see above) as soon as you transfer in.


Choosing Roommates


As a first-year student, you won’t get to choose your roommates. But that doesn’t mean you will be living with someone totally random. Your roommates will be in the same college/field of study as you (after all, that’s what Living-Learning Communities are all about).

And a large portion of the housing application contains questions about your lifestyle preferences so that we can match you with compatible roommates who:

  • Wake up/go to sleep at around the same time as you.
  • Have study habits similar to yours.
  • Like keeping the room about as clean (or messy!) as you do.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

You can choose your roommates whether you remain in the on-campus residence halls or move into continuing student housing.


Student Staff

Our residence halls are staffed by students who are here to support you in any way you need. Your support team will include:

  • Resident advisor (RA) — RAs are here to help you succeed beyond the classroom. Go to them if you ever have questions or feedback about your residence hall or community.
  • Fenestra Community Coordinator (FCC) — FCCs are here to support the “learning” part of your Living-Learning Community. Go to them if you want to connect with people, projects and research in your field of study.
  • Community Council — Community Councils are teams of students who foster community, respond to concerns and coordinate programs in each residence hall. Serving on a Community Council is easy, fun and rewarding, and it’s a great way to get involved in the residence halls.
  • Office Assistant (OA) — OAs provide support to students and families, usually over the phone. You can learn invaluable administrative skills and customer-relationship techniques as an OA. OA work is usually reserved for students with Federal Work-Study awards.

You can also apply to any of these positions if you are interested in working in the residence halls and want to get involved.



At Chapman, we take safety seriously. Even though Orange is a safe, suburban city, we have plenty of safety programs on campus, such as:


Ask a Student

Still have questions about the Chapman experience? Our student ambassadors are here to help. Feel free to reach out!

Current Students

If you are a current Chapman student looking to learn more about housing, visit the page for current students.

Housing Rates

Need to know how much housing costs at Chapman? Check our always-up-to-date housing rates page. You may also be able to receive financial aid to help pay for housing.

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