Living on The Cliff

From your first step on campus, you'll feel the BCU difference. It's a sense you belong - that you matter. You'll find it hard to explain and even more impossible to forget. Life on The Cliff goes beyond where you eat, sleep, and play.  It's the place where you'll create and find a network of people to support you, and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Living on campus is convenient and affordable. The university's residence halls vary in size and atmosphere. You'll find apartment-style rooms in the Baxter DiGiovanni Center and traditional residence-style rooms in Toller and Alverno Hall. 


85% Undergrads Live on Campus

3.06 Average GPA

9 Meal Plan Options

Living in Siouxland

Located on a secluded clifftop overlooking the fourth largest city in Iowa, our unique campus location offers you the advantages of the vibrant Sioux City community while providing the safe, small, caring campus environment.

View of downtown Sioux City with the Missouri River and bridge in foreground.

Our cozy campus is surrounded by the Loess Hills, a unique area created by windblown soil. Sioux City is the city with the highest amount of loess deposits in the world. With wild prairie grass in the backyard, our students have access to walk along breathtaking trails leading to scenic overviews, and share our campus home with animals like deer, turkey, and bluebirds. Then, just a quick drive down the hill and you're transported back to city life. The City of Sioux City has so much to do, from walking around the Sioux City Art Museum, live music downtown, hitting Historic 4th Street, and grabbing a slice of El Fredo's pizza. The Siouxland community has no shortage of local restaurants and shopping venues. Our students cannot get enough of the countless parks and miles of trails for walking, biking, hiking, or running. 

Everyone Has a Home

Something unique about Briar Cliff is our Housing System. To help enable students to feel that sense of belonging from day one, Briar Cliff University has established a House System. The House System provides more continuity in the student experience, helping all our students create that link between learning and living. When you become registered at Briar Cliff every student is placed in a House.

Life on The Cliff goes beyond where you eat, sleep, and play. It’s the place where you’ll create and find a network of people to support you and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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 Move In Dates

Move In Schedule

Early Arrivals 

  • Sunday, July 30th - Resident Assistants
  • Saturday, August 5th – Fall Athletes (Football, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer)
  • Saturday, August 12th – PALS/Charger Team and Fall Athletes (Men's and Women's Cross Country)
  • Wednesday, August 16th - Fall Athletes (Men’s and Women’s Golf)

Regular Arrivals

  • Friday, August 18th – All New Students
  • Friday, August 18th - 20th – Charger Weekend, events will start at 3:30 PM.
  • Sunday, August 20st – All Returning Students

Your move-in date will vary, based on the activities you are involved in and the location you are assigned. Residence Life personnel will be in touch to send information about your roommate, housing assignments, and housing contract via email. We will additionally communicate move-in information, schedules, and dates to ensure every student is moved into campus in time for Charger Weekend activities. Contact Residence Life if you have any question or concerns.

We cannot wait to welcome you to The Cliff. 

 Packing List

Planning what to bring to college doesn't have to be a guessing game. We encourage you to contact roommates before moving in, to determine who will bring large items to avoid duplicate items. You can always bring more items to school later as you become aware of needs related to residence life.

We want to make your move to Briar Cliff a smooth transition. 

 Packing & Shopping List

 Campus Policies | Student Handbook

As a Briar Cliff University student, you will be responsible for knowing and observing every policy included in the student handbooks. When choosing to live on campus, please take special care to review the residence life section.

Contact Residence Life or ask your Resident Assistant if you have any questions. 

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Reporting Incidents | Contacting Campus Security 

Our university takes great pride in providing a safe and secure environment to all our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

It takes all of us to keep our caring community safe. We believe in the power of bystander intervention. Therefore, we want to empower every student and employee with the ability and responsibility to help keep our caring community safe. If you "see something" concerning, or are questioning if something is against our policies, we implore you to "say something" by reporting it, so any additional need action can be pursued.

Emergencies on or around campus should be immediately reported, by calling Campus Security at 712-898-1888 or Sioux City Police Department at 911. A security officer is available 24/7. 

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Maintenance Request | Contacting Facilities

Facilities includes all housekeeping, maintenance, and grounds requests. This team ensure our buildings and campus are well-maintained and cared for.

Learn more about what we do and how our campus community can help. 

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Things to Do

We are proud to provide an active campus community. Between our campus and the surrounding community, there are countless enjoyable things to do during your time here. Getting involved is the best way to meet people and grow as a person.

Clubs and Organizations

Student Activities

Volunteer Opportunities

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 Events on Campus

Our campus calendar shows for all events happening on campus. Explore and save the events that interest you.

Campus Calendar

Athletic Calendar

We need your help to help us keep it up to date.  If you are aware of or helping plan a school sanctioned event on campus, please send us a request to add your event to the calendar.