Quality residential living is an important, indeed an integral, part of the total educational experience at BYU, and students should carefully consider the accommodations available in view of the type of living experience they desire, the time they have available for activities within their housing situation, and their economic needs. Housing is available on campus and in the surrounding communities, and programs have been established within campus residence halls and with off-campus landlords to integrate living experiences with the total university educational program.
On-campus housing includes room-and-board residence halls and apartment-style living for men and women—each directed by a competent hall advisor—and family apartments. Assisting the hall advisor in room-and-board areas and the apartment-style living are several resident assistants—mature, advanced students who reside with the student group. Students are known personally by the staff and have someone available to assist with normal student problems.
The residence hall program is designed to provide experiences in self-government, sharing relationships, and other responsibilities that encourage maturity and independence.
All residents have access to the BYU Computer Network which provides them with Internet access as well as printing capabilities with Open Access printing. Using the Internet, residents may access many campus resources including ScholarSearch (BYU Library), Learning Suite (course specific web sites), and many other resources.
Residence Halls for Men and Women
Board and room in Helaman Halls is provided for both men and women. Each hall contains student lounges; study rooms; common shower and restroom areas; and laundry and storage facilities. The central building features a spacious dining facility (Cannon Commons), a reception area, offices, and mail service for the entire residence area. Recreational facilities include sports courts and large lawn areas.
Apartment Living for Men and Women
Heritage Halls and Wyview Park provide apartment-style housing for both men and women. Apartments are furnished, except for bedding and kitchen items.
New Heritage Halls apartments have a combination kitchen-dining-living room, three bedrooms (designed for two people each), and two bathrooms. Each building has activity rooms, laundry, and storage facilities.
Wyview Park apartments have a kitchen and dining room, living room, two or three bedrooms, and a bathroom. Two-bedroom apartments have one private bedroom and one shared bedroom. Three-bedroom apartments have two private bedrooms and one shared bedroom.
Foreign Language Student Residence
The College of Humanities sponsors the Foreign Language Student Residence, located near the Missionary Training Center. Students pledge to speak only the foreign language in their apartment while they live and study together under the supervision of a faculty advisor and a native speaker.
All rooms in the complex are shared; single rooms are not available. Male and female residents in each target language eat five meals a week together, with the cost of some meals included in the fees. For details contact the Foreign Language Student Residence program office at 3086 JFSB or (801) 422-3765.
Residences for Families
Accommodations for student families are provided at Wymount Terrace and Wyview Park. Each apartment is furnished with an electric or gas range, refrigerator, garbage disposal, and blinds. A limited assortment of furniture can be rented from the Student Family Housing Office. Residents have access to sports courts, children's playgrounds, and large lawn areas.
These apartments do not have washer/dryer hookups, but the areas have self-service laundry facilities.
Wymount Terrace has one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartments and is located on the northeast side of campus. Wyview Park has two- or three-bedroom apartments and is located on the north side of campus.
Agreements for Single Student On-Campus Housing
Students who wish to live on campus are not required to complete a separate housing application. Students are instead given a room selection date based upon the completion date of their admission application. The final admission deadline is February 1st of each year.
A $100 security deposit and $50 processing fee are due at the time of room selection. The security deposit is refundable if (1) cancellation is received before the deadline shown on the agreement, or (2) at the end of the agreement if there is no debt owed to the university.
Students should be prepared to live by the terms of the agreement once they have acquainted themselves with its terms and submitted it; this will avoid any possible misunderstanding or financial loss. Agreements are made for the academic school year.
Agreements for Student Family On-Campus Housing
Family housing apartment availability is updated online at 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) at www.byu.edu/familyhousing. For student family housing, the completed agreement must be submitted with a $100 security deposit and a nonrefundable $50 processing fee. Parts 1 and 2 must both be completed for the agreement to be valid.
Brigham Young University is committed to creating an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and spiritual development for all of its students, including those who live off campus. The BYU Off-Campus Housing Office was established to assist in this task by:
- Aiding students in locating off-campus housing.
- Encouraging landlords to maintain and improve rental facilities.
- Advising and giving counsel to students and landlords in their relationships with one another.
- Attempting to ensure that BYU living standards are maintained off campus.
To help achieve these ends, single undergraduate BYU students are required to live in university-contracted housing (see below). At present, more than 22,000 rental spaces have been contracted by the university for single undergraduate students living off campus. For further information concerning off-campus rentals and BYU regulations, contact the Off-Campus Housing Office at 801-422-1513 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the OCH web site at och.byu.edu.
BYU Housing Referral Service
The BYU Off-Campus Housing Office maintains a complete referral service for all university-contracted rental facilities. Thousands of rental units of all types are available, including large- and medium-sized apartment complexes, condominiums, duplexes, and houses. Some housing for families and graduate students is also listed, although student family housing and graduate student housing is not subject to university contracting.
Listings are available at och.byu.edu. A guide with housing tips and essential rental data on apartment complexes may be found on the OCH web site. Officials are also available to help students who have problems finding suitable off-campus housing.
Student Address Verification
All BYU students are required to provide the residential address where they reside (not a post office box) as part of the registration process. Unless specifically excused by the Off-Campus Housing Office, all single undergraduate BYU students are required to live in university-contracted housing either on or off campus. The requirement may be waived by the Off-Campus Housing Office through a waiver for the following students:
- Single parents with children.
- Single students living with parents.
- Single students who are taking classes away from Provo.
- Under hardship conditions, as determined by the Off-Campus Housing Office, the university housing requirement may be waived for other students who have a special circumstance or hardship.
Hotels, motels, and studio apartments are not contracted housing for single students. A studio apartment is a living unit that does not provide a separate bedroom but combines the living and sleeping area.
Students who do not provide their residential address or who live in housing not contracted by the university and who are not excused by the BYU Off-Campus Housing Office are subject to the following sanctions:
- Non-compliance fees up to $175.00 will be incurred, and future registration may be stopped, until the student verifies that he or she is living in or will be living in university-contracted housing.
- Students falsifying their addresses will be subject to the above consequences as well as disciplinary action by the university for Honor Code violations.
When a student signs an agreement to live in a facility not contracted by the university and has not been excused from the university housing requirement, these sanctions will be applied even though the student's tenancy extends beyond the current fall, winter, or spring-summer in which the student is enrolled. A student in this situation will have to either move from the uncontracted housing unit, regardless of the consequences, or forego registration and other privileges at the university until complying with this policy.
The university contracts off-campus living units whose owners have agreed to:
- Adequately separate single men and women.
- Exercise reasonable efforts to maintain the BYU Residential Living Standards.
- Maintain the facilities in good repair.
- Not abuse basic tenant rights.
The university cannot guarantee that owners and managers are employing their best efforts to maintain the standards, that all residents are complying with BYU standards, or that contracted living units always meet the physical criteria. Thus, students are individually responsible to carefully choose an acceptable apartment and compatible roommates. Students should first inform their area management if they suspect that the standards and the physical criteria are not being maintained. Students may also contact the BYU Off-Campus Housing Office and/or the BYU Honor Code Office with concerns after efforts for resolution have been made with area management.
Because a student's living environment has a profound influence on academic performance and spiritual growth, BYU promotes an environment in contracted off-campus housing facilities that is consistent with its mission and with the moral virtues taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Specifically, the BYU off-campus housing program sets guidelines for landlords and students, which, if followed, will cultivate that desired moral climate. BYU off-campus housing personnel attempt to rectify any deviations from these standards and policy guidelines.