Community Living

As outlined in the covenant statement, the members of the community at Northwest Nazarene University commit themselves to a lifestyle that aligns itself in thought, word, and deed with the stated mission and core values of the university. As a primarily residential campus with the majority of traditional undergraduate students living together in residence halls, we also seek to fulfill that covenant through our relationships as roommates, neighbors, and community residents.

We recognize that living in community can provide great advantages for our experience at NNU.  Besides those students who qualify for off-campus housing as outlined below, all students that are single and maintain full-time student status are encouraged to live on campus. Residence hall living enhances development of personal identity, relationship skills, thoughtful decision making, leadership qualities, and community interdependence and care. Numerous studies from universities across the nation indicate that students who live on campus enjoy a more rewarding and successful college experience. Research reveals that on-campus students earn higher grades, are less likely to drop out, and become more involved with extra-curricular activities and campus personnel.

We also recognize that living in community with one another can present unique challenges, and that consideration and respect for other students and university constituents is imperative. The healthy, safety, and rights of others should be regarded at all times, as outlined in the Student Life Covenant and in the guidelines listed below. 

Residential Life Policy: €”Off Campus Living. 

Certain undergraduate students may live off campus, under the following conditions:

1. Students who have reached their 22nd birthday or are three or more years out of high school. 


2. Students living with a parent or legal guardian, excluding first year freshman students who are required to live on campus.

3. Students are prohibited from living on or off campus with members of the opposite gender unless they are legally married or a family relation.

Written permission for undergraduate students to live off campus, in compliance with one of these policies, must be obtained from the Vice President for Student Life or designee. Any decision regarding any such issue is within the discretion of the University.

Off-campus housing permission is subject to review and revocation when conduct or academic standards are not maintained by the student in accordance with the Christian Life Perspective or Lifestyle Expectations.

Any exceptions to the above stated policy must be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Life or his/her designee.

On-Campus Living Policy.

1. Application process. The application process for a student to live in a residence hall on the University campus is commenced by (a) the student'€™s acceptance by the University; and (b) the student'€™s submission and the University'€™s approval of the €œNNU Terms and Conditions of Occupancy€ and the Residential Application and Contract€ (collectively the €œOccupancy Agreement€); and (c) the student's payment of the University'€™s tuition deposit. The Occupancy Agreement incorporates the terms of this Student Handbook, and sets forth additional terms and conditions which the student must timely meet before a residence hall room is assigned.

2. Room assignment.  

New students are assigned by the University to a particular residence hall room according to room capacity (2, 3, or 4 to a room) and are expected to accommodate the roommate(s) assigned. Room assignments are made according to (a) space available, and (b) the order in which the completed Occupancy Agreement is received. It is to the student'€™s advantage to complete and return both of these items immediately to the University.  

Returning students. As to returning students, the University reserves the right to refuse any application due to lack of available space, or management decisions, at which time the student will be notified. The University further reserves the right to change room assignments at any time in the interest of health, discipline, management or general welfare of the students. Single room occupancy may be available for an additional charge. 

3. Term of occupancy. Residence halls will normally be open to receive students at 1:00 p.m. on the day prior to class registration day each semester, and will remain open until 12 noon on the day following the last day of finals in each semester. Residence halls will normally be closed during the breaks between semesters, at Christmas break, at spring break, and during the summer. 

4. Residence hall life; residence hall cleanliness
  • All students are expected to comply with all policies and procedures of the University, whether listed on the University Web site, within the residence halls, by resident assistants, or as otherwise stated.
  • All students are expected to comply with all fire drills.
  • No pets (except fish) are allowed in or around the residence halls.
  • Students may not bring their own beds to the residence halls.
  • The student agrees to give proper care to his residence hall room and its furnishings and equipment, and to make prompt payment to the University for any damages, as determined by the University. Charges for loss of equipment or furniture, or damages to or defacement of any area of common use (such as lounges, recreation rooms, halls, bathrooms) may be assessed equally against residents of the area. Furniture, including bunk beds, may not be moved without permission of the resident director of the residence hall.
  • Residence hall rooms must be maintained appropriately by the student, who is responsible for linens, towels, furniture, and related items. 
  • Repairs or alterations to the residence hall rooms are to be made only by University personnel.
  • Personal property loss by students is not the University'€™s responsibility in any case, including but not limited to cases of fire, theft, or similar events. 
  • All students are bound by any policies or procedures, or rules or regulations, enacted by any individual residence hall within the University.
5. University'€™s right to examine residence hall rooms. The university reserves the right of entry to any residence hall rooms to make necessary inspections for management, maintenance, safety, sanitation, welfare and conduct issues.  In making such entries, the University shall abide by the following policies:
  • A reasonable effort will be made by the University to locate an occupant of the room prior to entry. 
  • A report of such an entry shall be filed with the Office of Student Life. The report shall include the date, time, purpose of entry, and the persons who made the entry. A list of property taken shall accompany the report. The student may obtain a copy of such report upon written request to the Office of Student Life. 
  • No student property shall be confiscated by the University unless such property appears to be in violation of the Spiritual Life Perspective or Lifestyle Expectations. Unless the student’s property is determined to be violative of the Spiritual Life Perspective or Lifestyle Expectations, student property may be held only for evidentiary purposes.
  • Two University representatives will be involved in any such entry.  
6. Food service.  All students (except seniors) living on campus are required to eat in the University'€™s dining hall. No food should be taken out of the dining hall, except in the case of dining-hall provided to-go boxes and sick trays. Sick trays may be requested from the residence hall’s resident assistant.