Frequently Asked Questions

All apartments are furnished. Each bedroom contains desks, chairs, dressers and extra-long twin beds.

In each living room, there is one couch, one love seat, an entertainment center and a coffee table.

All kitchens have a table and four chairs, as well as a stove, microwave and refrigerator.

You should bring:

  • 3M hooks and blue painter’s tape for hanging things
  • Cleaning supplies (Windex, Comet)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Comforter/bedspread and blanket
  • Decorations
  • Desk lamp
  • Dishes
  • First aid kit
  • Laundry basket/bag and laundry detergent
  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillow(s) and pillow case(s)
  • Pots and pans
  • Prescribed medications in original container with prescription clearly labeled
  • Sheets (two sets extra-long twin size)
  • Shower curtain and hooks
  • Storage bin(s) for under the bed and in the closet
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, soap, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Towels (bath towels, washcloths)
  • Trash bags and trash cans
  • UL-listed surge protector(s)
  • Umbrella

Do not bring:

  • Air conditioner
  • Alcohol, drugs (marijuana is a drug) or drug paraphernalia, including hookahs, bongs or pipes of any kind
  • Amplified instruments, such as drum sets and electric guitars
  • Emotional support animals that have not been approved by Disability Resources
  • Firearms and other weapons or explosives of any kind. These are strictly forbidden, including paintball, pellet and BB guns.
  • Furniture
  • Items that violate the firearms/explosives/weapons/flammables policy, including barbecue grills, candles, fireworks, flame heated stoves and hot plates, incense and/or anything with an open flame, kerosene heaters, oil lamps, potpourri that uses a candle, space heaters and any unsafe chemicals. These items are expressly prohibited.
  • Pets, except for fish (20-gallon tank maximum)
  • Satellite dish

Colors in the units vary, but they are all neutral shades. The floors in the kitchen, living room and lower-level bathroom are a gray hardwood laminate. The upstairs bathrooms are either the gray hardwood laminate or tile. In most cases, all bedrooms are carpeted.

  • 24-hour quiet and group study rooms
  • basketball court
  • convenience store
  • fitness center
  • heated swimming pool
  • high-speed wireless internet
  • meeting spaces for student organizations
  • onsite dining facility
  • outdoor pavilion with fireplace
  • parking
  • sand volleyball court

The Villas use laundry machines that are app-operated. Simply download the app to your phone, load your payment information, and you are ready to go. The machines do not accept cash or coins.

See our fee schedule for residence pricing. This includes all utilities and a mandatory meal plan.

You have two options:

  • Fill out your housing application along with your preferences and let our staff pick a roommate for you based on the information you provide.
  • Submit the name of your preferred roommate. Keep in mind that we need to know a legal name, and they have to also submit your name for us to place you together. With this process, you will still need to fill out the full housing application.

After your first year, you have the opportunity to go through the housing selection process. This process lets you not only select all of your housemates, but also which house you live in. If you decide not to go through this process, we will still use your housing preferences to find a roommate for you.

Depends. Our residence halls close during winter break, so please plan your schedule early. You may have the option of signing up for winter break housing if you are in good standing with Student Conduct (you cannot have had any drug or alcohol violations). Winter break housing costs $40 per night. Further details are available in the application, which is sent to residents in November of each academic year.

You may leave your belongings in your townhome during winter break, but you will not be able to access them while the university is closed.

Yes, though it isn’t necessary. We offer free shuttle service to and from campus, as well as to local shopping, dining, entertainment and spiritual venues. Please note that you must have a parking pass if you keep a car at the Villas even if you never drive it to class.

The Villas have garage spaces, street parking and an overflow lot to accommodate residential students. Guests, however, are required to park either outside the complex on Palos Verdes Drive North or in the overflow lot.

Absolutely. There are many things to do in residence, on campus and locally on weekends.

The Office of Residential Life and Student Conduct staff work to provide students with a wealth of recreational and educational opportunities. Residential Life also partners with the Office of Student Life to create fun weekend activities.

All apartments within the Villas have individual mailing addresses. Most packages will be left at your door. Small packages may be placed in your mailbox. Please do not send any student mail to the Marymount campus in Palos Verdes.

No. Marymount California is not responsible for the safekeeping of your personal property. We strongly recommend that you purchase renter’s insurance for your personal property.

You have three options:

  • Email reslife@marymountcalifornia.edu.
  • Speak to the resident advisor on duty while he/she is in the office.
  • Submit a work order yourself (information is posted on the refrigerator).

If it is an urgent repair (i.e., water overflowing, lock broken, window broken), between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., please contact the Office of Residential Life immediately. After 5 p.m., please contact the resident advisor on duty or campus safety immediately.

No. You may come and go as you please. We enforce “quiet hours” in the evening as a courtesy to your neighbors.

Yes. All non-students must register at the front gate and leave a valid identification card with the on-duty guard.

Visitors must leave by midnight unless permission for an overnight stay has been granted by the Office of Residential Life. Minors (individuals under 18) are not allowed to stay overnight.

Yes. We make every effort to ensure our students are safe and secure at all times. The Villas is a gated community with 24-hour campus safety officers on site.

Learn more about campus safety

At this time, we do not offer designated housing for graduate students. Interested graduate students should complete the housing application, noting their graduate student status so that we may place graduate students together.

We can also provide you with local off-campus housing opportunities that are mostly on the shuttle route and close to campus. Please contact the Office of Residential Life at (310) 303-7316 or at reslife@marymountcalifornia.edu to request the off-campus housing list.

You can request either an exemption from the two-year residency requirement or a release from your housing contract. All requests require you to submit the residency exemption form through the Marymount portal. Select “New Housing Application” and click on the exemption request link in the intro paragraph. No exemption requests will be reviewed until all required documentation is submitted.

For more information, call (310) 303-7316.

In addition to Marymount’s student code of conduct, students who reside in university residence halls are governed by specific policies that provide behavioral guidelines for living in a residential community. By following these guidelines, students can achieve a community where members are empowered to become strong students, good neighbors and conscientious citizens.

The conduct system exists to address behaviors inappropriate to the residential community environment and to help students redirect their behaviors in more constructive manners. Under Marymount’s conduct system, the philosophical intent of all disciplinary interactions is intended to educate students as opposed to punishing them. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for violations of any disciplinary policies and to make amends as appropriate.

Learn more

Office of Residential Life & Student Conduct
reslife@marymountcalifornia.edu
(310) 303-7316