A Parent's FAQ
Explore our list of frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that was not answered in the list below, contact us.
What are the biggest adjustments during the first year?
Homesickness and leaving the family behind are challenges during the first year. Students indicate that it helps if family members keep in close contact by phone, e-mail, sending care packages and letters. Other items that make them smile are pictures, holiday cards, and maybe a Starbucks gift card that will come in handy around midterms and finals. Another area of adjustment is having a roommate and all aspects of sharing the space--especially if your student is accustomed to having his/her own room. The academic pace can be an adjustment since most Pepperdine University students were successful in high school. This environment can be more competitive. Finally, going home again can be challenging because everyone has changed--the student, the family, friends, as well as the community.
When is the best time to travel home for the first time?
Students recommend that new students wait a couple months before going home for the first time, citing Thanksgiving to be a good goal. Being here allows students to connect and thrive within the Pepperdine community. Holiday breaks are also great opportunities to travel home with new friends. Interim housing (on-campus) is made available to students who decide to stay in Malibu for holiday breaks, excluding Spring Break.
How can she/he call home?
Students wishing to use cellular phones on the Malibu campus will find that AT&T™ and Verizon™ enjoy the best cell coverage. Cell phone representatives will be on campus during the New Student Orientation in August with the latest phones and subscription plans for students.
How are the students billed?
All charges are assessed to the student's financial account and charged at the start of each semester. Please call One Stop at (310) 506-7999 for details related to addresses, fee schedules, etc. All financial information including charges, financial aid, and a "To-Do List" is available through your student's Wavenet account.
What do students do when they get sick?
Extensive medical services are available at the on-campus Student Health Center Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM -5:00 PM, and offers a wide range of services similar to a primary care practitioner's office. Most of these services are offered at no charge as part of the Thrive Wellness Program. After hours, students have 24/7, no-cost care available utilizing the TimelyCare platform or visiting our website for the closest urgent care and emergency rooms.
What are students allowed to do to the room?
The rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, bookcase, and a coolwave (refrigerator/microwave unit). These items must remain in the room. Students are free to personalize and accessorize the rooms any way they want within the following guidelines: refrain from installing objects on the wall that leave a hole greater then 1/2 inch or use adhesive materials; the walls may not be painted in any way; do not bring fire hazards such as halogen lamps, candles, toasters, BBQs, etc; and do not use cinderblocks or furniture to loft the furniture.
What amenities are allowed in the room?
Individual microwave units, refrigerators or air conditioners are not allowed due to the strain on available electricity in each building. Sparkletts water service may be arranged if students are interested.
Do students need a car?
The answer to this question is not easy. Here are common responses from students when it comes up: It is easier to have a car--especially if you are used to having one, but there are ways to get rides with other students. If you do not have a car and you want to get off campus (and you will want to) many students carpool if they want to go shopping in LA, Santa Monica, or through Malibu Canyon. If you don't have a car, many first-year students don't, you are more likely to become more connected to the Pepperdine community--especially if you live in Southern California and think you will go home often. Parking is very tight, but it is free. Click here to check-out Zipcar.Students are able to rent cars by the hour.
The Pepperdine SGA Lyft Ride Smart pilot program offers current Seaver College students discounted Lyft rides to or from the Malibu campus Monday through Saturday during eligible time windows. Learn more about you can participate in tge SGA Lyft-Ride program.
What student jobs are offered?
Students can find off-campus and on-campus employment through the Seaver College Career Center as well as CareerSpace (available through your Wavenet account). On-campus jobs offered throughout the year include positions with Sodexo food service, Payson Library, the Pepperdine Call Center, and many more departments. Lots of students have financial aid packages (Federal Work Study) that require student employment each semester. Whatever the reason, on-campus employment is not only a good source of additional income, but also a way to get connected to the Pepperdine community, to meet other students and professional staff members.
Generally, how much money do students need and what do they spend it on?
What should she/he bring?
What is the mailing address for students?
Campus Box # _____
Malibu, CA 90263
Students can ship items 30 days before arrival in August. These items can be picked up Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm
How safe is the campus/Malibu?
Describe the Greek system at Pepperdine University
About 30% of the students at Pepperdine participate in the Greek system which includes nine sororities and five fraternities. Since the university does not authorize alcohol on campus or at any university function, the stereotype of wild parties and drunkenness is not prevalent here. The organizations do not have individual houses. Please see the Campus Life homepages for detailed information about the Greek system.
Where do students hang out?
Where can they study?
Where are students able to use computers and/or check e-mail?
How can I quickly transfer money to my student's ID card?
Where does my student go to put more money on their meal card?
To learn how to add money to your students ID card, visit the Waves Cash Global page.
What tuition payment options are there?
Frequently asked questions regarding tuition can be found here.