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By living on campus, you will have around 3,000 Chapman students who will be your neighbors and fellow community members! Residence Life and First Year Experience empowers residents by supporting their rights, while also expecting active and positive contributions from each individual.

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Every residence hall Instagram account as a way for residents and hall staff to connect and get involved in the community online and offline. Follow your community's account to stay up to date.

Student Conduct Code

All residents at Chapman University and their guests are responsible for complying with University and Residence Life and First Year Experience policies as stated in the Student Conduct Code.

Basic Rights of Residential Students

As a Chapman University on campus student, you have:

  • The right to read and study in your room, free from unreasonable interference.
  • The right to have one's personal belongings respected.
  • The right to free access to your residence facilities.
  • The right to live in a clean, safe and healthy environment.
  • The right to sleep and relax in your room.
  • The right to entertain guests and visitors when it does not infringe upon a roommate's or a community member's rights.
  • The right to settle conflicts.
  • The right to be free from intimidation, physical and emotional harm.
  • The right to confront another's behavior which infringes on your rights.
  • The right to seek the aid of staff in resolving possible roommate conflicts after having already attempted and been unsuccessful at resolution.


Nearly everyone living on campus at Chapman has a roommate (or two!). All roommates, including those in triple assignments, are matched based upon responses provided on the online housing application. Discussing the below issues at the beginning of the semester will help things go smoothly throughout the year.

SMOKING/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE: the Student Conduct Code prohibits students and guests from smoking, storing or consuming alcohol (unless students are 21+), and possessing, manufacturing, distributing, using, or selling drugs in the residence halls and apartments. Nevertheless, roommates should discuss these issues and establish rules so that all are comfortable in the room.

"NIGHT" OR "MORNING" PEOPLE: the times that roommates retire for the night and wake up in the morning can become a source of tension and difficulty. Roommates should communicate about their sleeping habits so that everyone is reasonably accommodated. 

VISITATION / GUESTS: it is important to discuss your guest policy at the beginning of the year. In addition to the guidelines given in the Student Conduct Code, you and your roommate(s) should discuss the acceptable duration and frequency of visits, especially as it relates to guests of another gender.

STUDY HABITS: Talk about when and where you like to study, acceptable noise levels, and other issues regarding your studying environment. The residence halls should be a place where all residents feel comfortable studying.

BATHROOM SCHEDULE: Do you prefer to shower in the morning, evening, or late at night? Do you use devices that make excessive noise, such as a hair dryer or electric razor? These issues should be addressed to establish a situation that works for all roommates.

CLEANLINESS: Do you need to have a clean room before you feel that you can be productive? Do you have to wait until Health and Safety Inspections to feel motivated to clean? Cleaning habits have a tremendous effect on how comfortable residents feel in their room!

COMMON PROPERTY: Would it disturb you to find out that one of your roommates was listening to your music, watching your TV, using your computer? Does it bother you when someone else borrows your clothing without your permission? Your roommate may not feel the same way, so it is important to establish explicit guidelines regarding shared property.

A Note about Social Networks: While Facebook and Twitter are helpful resources, it is important to remember to keep an open mind when checking out future roommates. Chapman University is committed to the principle that equal opportunities, including in housing assignments, shall be afforded to all persons regardless of race, color, marital status, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, handicap, age, disabled or Vietnam veteran status, or any other protected status, and that discrimination, either passive or active, will be neither condoned nor tolerated.

A Message for Incoming First Year Students: Chapman places a high value on encouraging first-year students to explore their sense of academic identity, starting from their very first days on campus. That’s why we place students in housing based on the School or College of their declared major. This enables our professional and student staff to share major-specific resources through a variety of events with our academic partners. We also find that students within these LLCs connect with each other organically to work collaboratively on shared course work, forming study groups, working on group projects, and seeking out best practices to thrive academically.    

In addition to placing students based on their major, the housing application has questions that help identify dozens of factors that lead typically to successful roommate relationships. These questions discuss topics like: study habits, music preferences, volume preferences, sleep patterns, cleanliness, and views surrounding guests in the room. During the summer, our department matches potential roommates based on student’s answers to these living-style questions. We do this to make sure roommates are relatively compatible. Our internal data shows that matching roommates this way leads to roommates staying together for the entire school year instead of one person, or multiple people, moving out part of the way through the year. 

First Year Experience

For more information on the First Year Experience and the programs and resources being offered please visit their webpage.