» 2020-2021 Academic Year Housing Updates

Welcome to the Housing Updates website. This page contains all relevant housing updates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Please review relevant information, applicable memos, and frequently asked questions that pertain to solely to the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

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Information for Current Residents


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Food Service

As of Tuesday, June 9th, students can purchase a hot meal for $7.00 each (breakfast, lunch dinner). Additionally, Sodexo's grocery service is also still available. 

Currently, for foodservice, the Randall Dining Commons will be open for food pick up during the following hours Monday - Friday:

  • Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
  • Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
  • Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Weekend hours are:

  • Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

As outlined in the Restaurant Services Updates from Director Dave Sundby, effective Wednesday, April 22, 2020, instead of standard meal plans, the following services are being tested:

  • Daily hot meal service will continue in the Randall Dining Commons at the times listed above. For students residing in Chapman housing, each meal will cost $7.00 per meal.
  • Three times weekly, grocery, snack, and other sundry packages will be available for purchase at The K, Chapman Grand, and Randall Dining Commons.
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 am to noon at The K and Chapman Grand.
    • Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Randall Dining Commons.
    • Five package options are available with a range of prices from $3.00 to $15.00 each.
  • You have two options for payment:
    • You can order and pay for packages at the Restaurant Services website.
    • Bring your Chapman ID card to each pick-up, and Chapman University will bill accumulated charges to your student account.

Dorm Room Movers

If students pack up their room and check out, they will be receive prorated room and board account adjustments. If students leave their belongings and plan to return, they will be receive prorated board (resident meal plans) account adjustments, as applicable, but not room. 

Dorm Room Movers, our official storage partner, can help residents move their belongings out of their room. They provide storage services, shipping services, and are able to pack up a resident's belongings for them. What's included:

  • 20% off with coupon code: ChapmanCV20
  • Picked-up and delivered by professional movers.
  • Climate-protected storage and 24/7 security.

Please note that Dorm Room Movers is an official campus partner, but any agreement with them is made solely between you and the company. We do not have control over their business policies or service availability. For pricing, availability, and scheduling, please contact them directly at: (888)-769-3676 or by email at: support@dormroommovers.com

Items Left Behind and the Proxy Process

Items-In-Room Retrieval Form (Proxy)

Residents who have left Chapman and have items remaining in their room are able to move their belongings out of their room with a proxy, so that they can check out and receive their prorated refund. In order to grant a proxy (friends, family members, Dorm Room Movers contractors, other contractors, etc.) room access to assist residents who are physically unable to make it back to campus to move out of their assignment and/or come pack up belongings, please submit the Items-in-Room Retrieval Form.

Anytime between Monday - Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm*, proxies should call the specific building's building manager to retrieve temporary room access:

  • Chapman Grand - Erin Ash - 714-516-6159
  • Davis and Harris Apartments - Alex Hart - 714-628-7251
  • Glass Hall - Tim Alexander - 714-516-6136
  • Henley Hall - Krista Kelly - 714-516-4747
  • Morlan Hall - Annessa Garcia - 714-516-5477
  • Panther Village - Alex Hart - 714-628-7251
  • Pralle-Sodaro Hall - Christy Martinez-Saucedo - 714-997-6528
  • Sandhu Residence Center - Omar Zuwayed - 714-532-6058
  • The K Residence Hall - Alex Hart - 714-628-7251

If there is no answer, the next step is to call Public Safety (714-997-6763) to contact the Live-In Staff on Duty (LISOD). We will then verify their information with our Google Form. Proxies will also need to show Photo ID (if student/family/friend volunteer) or Company/Vendor badge or ID.

If after hours and/or during the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), proxies should contact Public Safety at 714-997-6763 and ask to connect with the LISOD for an Items-in-Room Retrieval by Proxy.

*Proxies are only allowed between 9:00 am - 5:00pm in Chapman Grand, the K, Panther Village, and Davis and Harris.

Information for Incoming Students

Last updated July 2, 2020

A key focus of our reopening plans is ensuring the safety of our students who live on campus. To adhere to physical distancing guidelines, we are reducing on-campus occupancy by around 20%. Due to this reduction, we have also made (or are in the process of making) additional adjustments for incoming first-year and transfer students.


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First Year Students

  • We are reducing triple occupancy rooms to double. Despite this reduction, there will be no additional housing costs for students.
  • For incoming first-year students looking to live on campus, your housing is guaranteed if you submitted a housing application and currently live 32 or more miles from campus.
  • We are in the process of negotiating other housing options. While this has not been finalized, we are optimistic that this arrangement will allow us to accommodate all first-year students looking to live on campus.
  • Housing and roommate assignments are still scheduled to be released in late July. 
  • You can learn more about the current safety precautions planned for those living on campus in the fall on our CU Safely Back plan (pages 6-7). Additional information on safety living on campus will soon be available on our CU Safely Back website.
  • Incoming first-year students will not be required to live on campus for the 2020-21 academic year. If you applied for on-campus housing and would volunteer to live off-campus, you can cancel your housing application here
  • We have also been able to work out 10-month lease options and student discounts (including four weeks free rent) with local apartment complexes for Chapman students. All are within three miles of campus: 
  • You can learn more about living off-campus here. We currently have about 200 postings in our internal database, and there are dozens of apartment complexes locally with availability. Our listings are updated frequently.
  • You will be provided your full housing grant per semester (fall and/or spring) in which the following apply:

    • State and county officials allow us to offer campus housing
    • You submitted a Housing Reservation Payment by the deadline
    • We do not have the capacity to offer you campus housing

    If all of those conditions are met during the fall semester, you will receive half of your housing grant. If those conditions are met in the spring as well, you will receive the second half of your housing grant.

  • If you have any questions, you can email admit@chapman.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 
Lastly, we want to thank you and your family for your patience and support while we work on ensuring safe and ample housing for our students.

Transfer Students

  • While we have some housing capacity reserved for incoming transfer students, at this time we are unable to guarantee housing to everyone who applied.
  • We are in the process of negotiating other housing options. While this has not been finalized, we are optimistic this arrangement will free up additional on-campus housing for incoming transfer students.
  • Housing and roommate assignments are still scheduled to be released in late July. 
  • You can learn more about the current safety precautions planned for those living on campus in the fall on our CU Safely Back plan (pages 6-7). Additional information on safety living on campus will soon be available on our CU Safely Back website.
  • We have also been able to work out 10-month lease options and student discounts (including four weeks free rent) with local apartment complexes for Chapman students. All are within three miles of campus: 
  • You can learn more about living off-campus here. We currently have about 200 postings in our internal database, and there are dozens of apartment complexes locally with availability. Our listings are updated frequently
  • You will be provided your full housing grant per semester (fall and/or spring) in which the following apply:

    • State and county officials allow us to offer campus housing
    • You submitted a Housing Reservation Payment by the deadline
    • We do not have the capacity to offer you campus housing

    If all of those conditions are met during the fall semester, you will receive half of your housing grant. If those conditions are met in the spring as well, you will receive the second half of your housing grant.

  • If you have any questions, you can email transfers@chapman.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Lastly, we want to thank you for your patience and support while we work on ensuring safe and ample housing for our students.

Information for Continuing Students

This section contains information about Panther Housing Selection and centralizes the communication that has been sent to groups of students.

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Email Updates

This communication is meant for current Chapman students that are continuing at Chapman. If you did not receive these emails in your Chapman Student email then they do not apply to you.

Week of June 15, 2020 Updates

6/17/20 4:00 pm PST Update: A memo was sent out to approved continuing students that identifies the next steps in the Panther Housing Selection Process. 

Week of May 25, 2020 Updates

5/29/20 5:00 pm PST Update: Memos were sent out to continuing students who applied for housing that contain a decision on if Chapman can offer them housing for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Students should check their student email and carefully read the memo they received.

5/29/20 4:55 pm PST Update: A Panther Housing Selection 2020-2021 - frequently asked questions (FAQ) document has been created that shares succinct information that clarifies information in the 5/26 memo and 5/29 decision memos.

5/26/20 2:30 pm PST Update: A memo announcing the reduction of the total campus housing occupancy by 20% for the fall, and providing clarity on the next phases of panther housing selectionwas sent by The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience to all students with active housing applications, including those who expressed interest after the March 9th deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our frequently asked questions document. Updated May 29th, 2020.