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Housing Guidelines & Policies

Terms and Conditions


  • On-Campus housing is available to admitted Day Continuing BYU students who are enrolled in at least the number of credits hours indicated below (Independent Study credits do not count toward this requirement):
Student Type Fall Semester Winter Semester Spring Term Summer Term
Undergraduate Students 9 credits 9 credits 4 credits 4 credits
Graduate Students 2 credits 2 credits 2 credits 2 credits

  • Admitted Day Continuing BYU students may count BYU Salt Lake Center credits toward the minimum credit hour requirement.
  • Those enrolled in classes as post-baccalaureate, concurrent enrollment, or BGS students may submit a petition to the Housing Review Board requesting eligibility to live on campus. Petitions are reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Those attending the English Language Center are not admitted to BYU, and are therefore not eligible to live on campus.
  • Those attending the BYU Salt Lake Center, but who are not admitted to BYU, are not eligible to live on campus.


Community Development Meetings

  • Tenants will likely experience differences in cleanliness, bedtimes, noise levels, type of music listened to, food choices, clothing choices, movies to watch, friends, Sabbath-day worship, room decorations, etc. These differences often become a rewarding educational investment for tenants who are willing to work through conflicts together.
  • In an effort to reduce the potential for conflict, it is important that tenants discuss possible differences and set guidelines before conflict arises.
  • Tenants will have weekly meetings, during which members of the same community (tenants in the same hall or floor) will have the opportunity to talk about issues that may become problems.
  • The purpose of Community Development meetings is to allow community members the chance to express their expectations of others living in the community and set guidelines for how they will treat and interact with each other.
  • Differences in expectations will be discussed until everyone comes to consensus on appropriate guidelines.
  • Tenants are encouraged to have their own meetings with their roommate(s) on room or apartment concerns.
  • Community members are obligated to uphold these standards and to hold each community member responsible for the standards.
  • Tenants should come each week to their Community Development meeting prepared to share their opinions, willing to listen to the opinions of others, and ready to work together to reach a consensus.

Disruptive Behavior

  • Tenants should feel comfortable in their room and residence hall.
    • Excessive noise, disturbing the peace, and disruptive behavior are all inappropriate actions.
  • Examples of disruptive behavior include pranks, snowball, water, pillow, paint ball, or food fights, etc.
  • Tenants who persist in such behavior could be asked to change rooms, transfer to another housing area, or leave On-Campus Housing. They may also be referred to the Honor Code office.
  • Tenants may be asked to leave the university if their behavior could result in injury to themselves or others.
  • Normally, tenants who have been asked to leave BYU as a result of disciplinary action must leave housing within 72 hours after notification by the Honor Code Office or area management. However, in some cases, they may be required to leave sooner.

Quiet Hours

  • Each floor/apartment has the opportunity to establish quiet hours through community standards. However, quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day during Exam Preparation Days and Final Exam Days.


  • Tenants are welcome to bring entertainment equipment for their room or apartment, but consideration should be taken in keeping the volume at a level that will not disturb other tenants.
  • Outside antennas are not permitted.
  • Tenants should be aware that copyright laws prohibit showing video or DVD movies in common areas in or around the residence halls.
  • Tampering with or altering university audiovisual equipment, including cable, is prohibited.

Apartment Guidelines and Care

Room Decorations

  • Decorations should not be hung on the outside of windows or buildings, on the ceiling, or on window coverings. Fire code allows up to 25% of the entire door to be covered with decorations. Tenants should make sure that decorations can be easily removed (i.e. no paint, stickers, or contact paper). Tenants are responsible for any damages.
  • Helaman Halls: While decorating their room, tenants may use 3M Command hooks, white removable mounting adhesive such as Plasti-Tak, and provided bulletin boards and tack strips. Tenants shouldn’t use nails, tacks, tape, or other types of adhesives.
  • Heritage Halls, Wyview Park, Riviera, and Language Immersion Student Residence: While decorating rooms, tenants may use nails and white removable mounting adhesive such as Plasti-Tak. An apartment can only have six nail holes per room (including nails already present when tenants move in). Tenants will be charged a repair fee for each additional hole when they move out. Tenants shouldn’t use other types of adhesives, including 3M Command hooks.

Apartment Checks

  • Each month, Residence Life staff will do apartment/room checks to help tenants ensure proper care and upkeep. Improper care may result in referral to area management, cleaning charges, or both.


  • Tenants are welcome to rearrange the furniture in their room to suit their taste as long as the arrangement is deemed safe by their hall advisor. Tenants shouldn’t move furniture out of their room or commons rooms. Beds can only be elevated on supports provided by housing. Tenants may not move appliances.

Pets and Animals

  • Pets and animals of any kind (including fish) are not allowed in the residence halls. The only exceptions are special assistance animals for tenants with disabilities, or fish for certain biology classes. There is a $50 per animal per day charge for unauthorized animals and rental agreements may be terminated.
  • Tenants who need to keep fish for a class must receive prior approval from their hall advisor, and they may keep the fish only until their assignment is complete.
  • Here is a link where more information about special assistance animals may be found.


  • Although tenants’ parents' homeowners insurance may cover tenants’ personal belongings while they are at school, BYU recommends that tenants purchase renter's insurance.
  • The university does not accept responsibility for personal belongings that are damaged or stolen in the residence halls.

Objectional Material

  • On-Campus Housing supports the CES Honor Code. Anything deemed by a hall advisor or other housing official to be objectionable, obscene or disruptive is not allowed in the residence halls. Tenants can request at the U.S. Post Office that objectionable material not be delivered to their mailbox.

Recreational Activities

Sunbathing and Attire

  • Tenants are welcome to sunbathe in designated areas Monday-Saturday. Tenants should see their hall advisor for information about these areas. Tenants shouldn’t use BYU bedding or furniture for sunbathing.
  • Attire must be modest in fit and style. See-through suits, cut-offs, bikinis, and men's Speedos are not permitted. All swimsuits and other clothing with straps or ties are to remain fastened or tied while sunbathing.

Community Facilities

  • Community areas in the residence halls are for tenants to enjoy. Tenants should clean up after themselves and leave facilities ready for others to use. Tenants will be charged for any repairs or cleaning due to damage or littering. Furniture, including cushions and microwaves, should be left in the lounges.
  • Items left beyond the contract period will be turned over to BYU Lost and Found or taken to Deseret Industries. Tenants will be charged daily room rates until all personal items are out of their room or storage area. Tenants are welcome to leave their things in their room during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, but they shouldn’t store their friends' belongings.


  • Gambling is not permitted in the residence halls.

Soliciting and Personal Business


  • Advertising, door-to-door sales, sales presentations, and collection drives are not permitted in university housing.

Personal Business

  • Operating a business based from an apartment/room is prohibited. Use of a residence hall address for business purposes is not permitted. Tenant’s should contact their area management for further clarification.

Parking, Transportation, and Getting around Campus


  • For the protection of tenants, bikes/e-bikes/e-scooters must be registered with the BYU Traffic Office.
  • Bikes/e-bikes/e-scooters may only be locked to approved bike racks.
  • Tenants should not store their bike/e-bike/e-scooter in their bedroom, apartment, or in the stairwells.
  • Limited indoor bike storage is available. Tenants should contact their area front desk for more information.
  • Bikes/e-bikes/e-scooters left after the contract period will be turned over to University Police.
  • Push scooters, skateboards, longboards, roller skates, roller blades, inline skates may be used on-campus and can be stored in apartments and bedrooms.
  • One-wheel boards, hover-boards, segways may be used on-campus, but cannot be stored in bedrooms or apartments due to potential fire hazards created by the battery. These items may be stored in indoor bike storage areas. Tenants should contact their area front desk for more information.
  • Residence Life has very limited outlets to charge rideables in indoor bike storage areas. Tenants should consider this before bringing a rideable that requires charging.
  • Rideables must not be operated or ridden inside the buildings.
  • Please click here to review the BYU Traffic, Parking, and Rideables Policy.

BYU Bike Sharing


Servicing Vehicles

  • Tenants shouldn’t service their vehicle in the housing parking lots. This includes changing oil or mechanical repairs.
  • Tenants will be charged for any damages they incur to the parking lot.

The Ryde Shuttle

  • Student Movement Inc., a private company, offers the Ryde shuttle from Wyview Park and the LISR to the Museum of Art (MOA) in the core of campus.
  • This shuttle runs during the day, Monday through Friday.
  • Here is a link for more information about The Ryde.


  • The Utah Valley Express, or UVX for short, is a bus rapid transit (BRT) line similar to TRAX that features articulated buses that reduce travel times by using exclusive bus lanes and traffic signal priority.
  • UVX features:
    • 18 stations.
    • 51 percent exclusive bus lanes.
    • Up to 18 buses on the road at one time.
    • Six minute frequency during morning and evening commute times, ten minutes during the day, and 15–60 minutes in the early morning and late evening.
  • BYU Students may ride the UVX at no charge.
  • Here is a link for more information about UVX.



  • BYU continues to encourage vaccination and boosters for the campus community. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while living in BYU on-campus housing, you will need to isolate in your room according to CDC guidelines.
  • Students who isolate should contact their professors to make arrangements to participate in coursework and complete assignments.
  • Members of each household should regularly assess their symptoms, practice proper hygiene, and maintain adequate cleanliness to prevent disease transmission.
  • Residence Life may adjust or suspend the visitor and guest guidelines as well as any event/program/activity in housing areas due to COVID-19. Residence Life may require physical distancing, mask-wearing, COVID-19 testing, and contact tracing to comply with guidance from university administrators or health officials.

Missing Persons

Doors and Keys

  • For tenants’ safety and privacy, the residence halls doors at Helaman Halls and Heritage Halls are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • LISR commons rooms are locked each night after visiting hours and opened again the next morning at 8 am.
  • Residence Hall outer doors at Helaman Halls can be opened by card access, and room doors are opened with a key. At Heritage Halls, room keys open bedroom doors and card access opens apartment doors and Residence Hall outer doors. Tenants of the LISR and Wyview Park have keys that open their apartment doors only.
  • Tenants who lose their ID card should immediately deactivate the card through myBYU. Tenants who are unable to log in to myBYU should report their card lost at the ID Center, 1057 WSC, 801-422-5092.
  • Tenants who lose their key should notify their hall advisor as soon as possible. A charge for re-keying will be assessed for all lost keys or keys not returned upon termination of the Agreement.
  • All tenants should keep their apartment and room door(s) locked and carry their keys at all times.
  • Tenants should never duplicate or loan their key or card to anyone.
  • Tenants should never prop open an outside door or prevent doors from locking.
  • The university is not liable for any damaged or missing items.
  • Tenants should report any problems to university police and to their hall advisor immediately.

Building Safety

  • Tenants shouldn’t force the windows open beyond the locking mechanisms, or tamper with the locks or screens.
  • For privacy and safety reasons, Helaman Halls tenants are not allowed to converse through first floor windows.
  • Tenants shouldn’t go onto the ledges or roofs. This is considered trespassing, and carries a minimum $50 fine.
  • Tenants shouldn’t abuse the elevators. Any violation will result in assessment for service and repair.


  • Guns and other weapons, such as large knives, bows and arrows, swords (including decorative weapons), and paint guns are not allowed on campus.
  • Any firearms, pellet guns, BB and paint guns, wrist rockets, slingshots, and other similar items, as well as ammunition, cannot be stored in the apartment.
  • Violators will be referred to the University Police and the Honor Code Office, and their rental agreement will be jeopardized.
  • For more information visit the Firearms and Weapons Policy.

Student Health Center

Fire Regulations

  • Fire regulations are designed to protect people and facilities. Rooms will be checked periodically to make sure there are no hazards. Any violators will be disciplined on the first offense, and could be asked to leave housing. Those responsible for setting off false alarms or vandalizing fire equipment will be referred to the University Police and could be asked to leave the University.
  • Helaman Halls and Heritage Halls apartments are equipped with a sprinkler for the purpose of fire suppression. The sprinkler is triggered when a heat sensitive chemical expands and breaks a glass tube in the sprinkler head. It will not activate from the presence of smoke alone. It could however, activate if tampered with. Tenants should not hit, hang on, or fasten items to any part of the sprinkler. Tenants could be held responsible for damage resulting from tampering or inappropriate use of the fire sprinkler suppression system. The University is not responsible for any damages or losses which occur because a sprinkler is activated for any reason.

Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

  • Smoke detectors should not be covered or blocked. Tenants shouldn’t remove the smoke detector or take the batteries out. Tenants whose smoke detector "chirps" should call Auxiliary Maintenance at 801-422-4411. To replace batteries, Tenants should contact their RA.
  • Fire extinguishers are generally located in apartments, corridors, and lobbies, and in the stairwells of Wyview Park and Riviera. At the beginning of the semester, resident assistants will instruct tenants in the proper use of the fire extinguisher. Tenants who need to use a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire should notify their hall advisor immediately so the extinguisher can be recharged.


  • Tenants should review the fire escape route so they will be prepared for an emergency evacuation. To practice emergency evacuation, tenants will participate in fire drills at least once a semester or term.
  • Any time tenants hear the fire alarm, they should:
    1. Close their windows and door.
    2. Wear their shoes.
    3. Take their room key and ID card.
    4. Walk or crawl (if there is smoke) to the nearest exit.
    5. Use the stairway, not elevators, to leave.
    6. Tenants shouldn’t go back into the building until their residence hall staff, a fire officer, or a police officer says it's safe to do so.

Initial Response

  • Tenants who find a fire should:
    1. Sound the alarm.
    2. Leave the building. Tenants should try to rescue others only if they can do so safely. Tenants should move away from the building to the designated area.
    3. Call the Fire Department. Dial 911 and give as much information as possible.
    4. Tenants shouldn’t try to put out a serious fire themselves. Tenants should leave the building and wait for the fire department.
  • To contact BYU University Police/Security tenants should dial:
    • Police, Fire, Medical: 801-422-0911
    • Non Emergencies: 801-422-2222
    • For emergencies tenants should dial 911.


  • Small appliances are not allowed in the bedrooms. Space heaters and refrigerators are not allowed in the bedrooms/apartments, with the exception of refrigerators provided by the university. On-Campus Housing recommends that UL approved irons and popcorn poppers be used in designated areas.
  • Tenants who need to use extension cords should keep the number to a minimum, only using extension cords in good condition. Frayed or worn cords are dangerous.

Fire Hazards

  • Incense, candles, or any open flames are not allowed in the residence halls. Candle warmers are allowed. Barbecues are only permitted in designated areas.
  • Tenants shouldn't store excess paper or other flammable products. Christmas trees must be artificial and treated with a flame retardant.
  • Tenants shouldn't prop doors open, and they should keep exits and corridors clear.


  • University Policy prohibits fireworks or other explosive devices in tenants’ rooms or around the halls at any time.


  • Visitors may not be in the building after visiting hours.
  • Residential Living Standards in the CES Honor Code dictate the following visiting guidelines for BYU students living both on and off campus:
    • Visitors of the opposite sex may not be in the bedrooms or bathrooms. Visitors may use the guest restrooms located in the lobbies and common areas.
    • All visitors must comply with the Residential Living Standards while on the premises of student housing.
    • Tenants are responsible for the behavior of their guests at all times.
  • Helaman Halls has an open house on Wednesdays and Sundays from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
  • In all other cases, visiting hours are as found below:

Helaman Halls Visiting Hours

Lobby Hours
Saturday-Thursday 8:00 am - Midnight
Friday 8:00 am - 1:30 am
Basement Room Hours
Everyday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
David John Hall Day Room Hours
Everyday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Heritage Halls Visiting Hours

Apartment Hours
Saturday-Thursday 9:00 am - Midnight
Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 am
Lobby and Common Room Hours
Saturday-Thursday 8:00 am - Midnight
Friday 8:00 am - 1:30 am

LISR Visiting Hours

Apartment Hours
Saturday-Thursday 9:00 am - Midnight
Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 am
Common Room Hours
Saturday-Thursday 8:00 am - Midnight
Friday 8:00 am - 1:30 am

Riviera Visiting Hours

Apartment Hours
Saturday-Thursday 9:00 am - Midnight
Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 am

Wyview Park Visiting Hours

Apartment Hours
Saturday-Thursday 9:00 am - Midnight
Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 am

Guest Policy

  • A guest is an individual who is sponsored by a tenant to stay overnight.
  • Tenants under the age of 18 may not host a guest.
  • Tenants 18 years of age or older may host one guest at a time with approval of their Hall Advisor and roommates. Prior to the agreement start date, during finals, and during check-outs, guests are not permitted without hall advisor or manager approval.
    • Tenants must complete a "Guest Registration Form" prior to the guest’s arrival. This form is submitted to the Hall Advisor and must include the signature of all roommates.
    • The guest may stay in the hall or apartment up to three consecutive nights.
    • The guest must comply with the Residential Living Standards while on the premises of student housing.
    • Tenants are responsible for the behavior of their guest at all times.
    • All overnight guests must be 18 years of age or older and are required to present identification.
  • Tenants who fail to register their guest will be charged a $40 per night "unregistered guest" fee.
  • Tenants may not alter furniture, and mattresses may not be placed on the floor to accommodate a guest.