International Student Services

Finding a Home at PLU

Apply early to housing!

All new students are encouraged to live on-campus. PLU has 10 residence halls - to learn about each of them, visit residential life's website. Complete "Housing Application Form" sent with the PLU admittance packet from the Office of Admissions. Send completed form back to:

Kathy Engle
Office of Admission
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA  98447
engle@plu.edu.
Fax: 253-536-5136

On-Campus Housing Requirements

Students who are younger than 20 years of age or less than Junior Status (60 semester hours) on or before September 1 for the academic year, or on or before February 1 for the spring semester are REQUIRED to live on campus.

Students are also required to have a meal plan when living on-campus. To learn more, visit the Dining Services website.

On-Campus Housing Room Assignment Process

Once your housing application is complete, the Residential Life Office will place you in housing according to your preferences in order which are received. You are placed into on-campus housing by the same process as any other PLU students. You may choose to live in a single room or with a roommate. Apply early!

Residential Life will email you your hall assignment first and later email you again with a room and a roommate assignment. All correspondence will be done via PLU email. Be sure to check your PLU email account!

Special Check-In Dates for International Students

Residential Life understands that international students faces many unique challenges when settling into on-campus housing. International Students also must attend International Student Orientation prior to New Student Orientation begins. Therefore, International Students are allowed to arrive early to residence halls!

International Student check in date to on-campus housing for the Fall semester is 9 days before the 1st day of class. For Spring semester, the check in date is 2 days before the  1st day of class. These dates should always be on Sundays. All check-in happen at Campus Safety office. Please be sure to make this time frame!

What Should International Students Do During Breaks?

The residence halls close during Winter Break and Summer Break; however, there are two halls available for those students unable to travel home. If you know you will need to live on campus during these periods, just be sure to contact the Residential Life Office.