Living on campus can be one of the most memorable experiences a student can have during college and it is our desire at Hope International University to provide students with a Christ-centered community that is built on the importance of faith, service, and learning.
Living within the campus community is an important aspect of a student's personal development and education. Research continues to demonstrate that students who live on campus benefit in a number of ways. In fact, students who live on campus beyond their freshman year:
For these reasons, all full-time students 21 years of age or younger are required to live on campus unless they are married, a veteran, or residing with parents. Students must reach the age of 22 prior to the beginning of the semester to reside off campus.
HIU has two residence buildings—one for men, one for women. A Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) lives in an apartment in each building to oversee the Resident Assistants (RAs) and maintain a safe environment. Each building has 5 RAs who oversee around 50 students each. The RAs are undergraduate students who serve the residents by acting as their liaison for facility issues, roommate conflicts, and community building as well as spiritual growth.
Freshmen live on the first floor, while the second and third floors are reserved for returning students. Students can live in rooms ranging from 1 person to 4 people. We also offer married housing.
Students from Hope's sister school, Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea, live and study at Hope each year. The DSU students live in rooms together which are located in halls with American students. Living amongst international students helps American students gain an edge in our multicultural society—it's a great job interview topic to mention!
RAs put on community-building events and programs almost every week. The RLCs also put on events such as hall meetings and Bible studies or sports.
Many residence life events are "hall" events—meaning you do something with just the people in your hall. Some examples are Worship Nights, Girls' Night Out, Guy Time (topical discussion or Bible study), Eating Contests, Open House/Coffee in the RA's room, Community Service Projects.
Other residence life events include all the halls for one particular gender. Examples are: Pajama Party, Self-Defense Training, Mugs & Muffins (girl issues), Dart-wars (nerf dart guns), and BBQs.
More residence life events include all residents with guys and girls together. Examples are: Link (weekly worship and devotions), Capture the Flag, GYRAD, Hope Olympics, and Flag Football.