Office of
Alumni and Constituent Relations

Residential Life Reminders

What to Bring

Below is a full list of suggested things to bring. Not everything on this list is a necessary item. We encourage students to think about how they live now, and how much they really need to feel at home. Remember your student’s on-campus room may be smaller than his/her room at home, and not every item may fit. Many of the larger items may be things that could be shared with a roommate. Your student should have received their roommate assignments by now – encourage your student to contact their roommate and see if there are things they can bring to share.

  • Comforter/bedspread
  • Pillow
  • Bed linens – twin extra long
  • Clothes hangers
  • Coffee mug
  • Drinking cups, dishes and silverware for snacks
  • Poster putty for hanging up decorations
  • Plastic containers with tight lids for storing snacks, detergent, etc.
  • Headphones/ear buds (so your music doesn’t bother your roommate or neighbors)
  • Digital music player
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Desk lamp or bed lamp
  • TV/DVD-Player (there is common area TV if you don’t bring one)
  • Fan
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm clock
  • Small refrigerator (5.5 cubic feet)
  • Crates or stacking containers
  • Paper towels, glass cleaner
  • Sewing kit, scissors, safety pins
  • Message board 
  • Area Rug

Keep it Clean

Keep in mind that students will be sharing bathrooms and laundry facilities with other students.

  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels, washcloths
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Brush/comb
  • Small bucket for carrying shower things
  • Facial tissues
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Roll of quarters (Foss Hall is the only hall that still uses quarters only. All other halls are set up to use your LuteCard--just load the card, swipe, and wash your clothes!)
  • Band-Aids
  • Cold medicine
  • Aspirin
  • First-aid kit

Stuff for School

You can get this stuff once you’re on campus, but it can sometimes be cheaper to buy it during the back-to-school sales of off-campus stores.

  • Computer/laptop or memory stick for computer labs
  • Binders, folders
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Backpack/Bag for Books
  • Calculator

Good Things to Have

  • Access to money (i.e. bank account, bank card, credit card, etc.)
  • Umbrella
  • Key ring
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Sports/recreation equipment
  • Snacks for your room

Don't Bring It

Listed here are a few items that students may not have in residence hall rooms. If you are in doubt about an item your student would like to bring, call the Residential Life Office at 253-535-7200.

  • Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
  • Hotplates, skillets, toasters, toaster ovens
  • Air conditioners
  • Extension cords
  • Candles
  • Pets
  • Waterbeds
  • Nail picture hangers
  • Microwave

Living On Campus

The residence halls are a place where students can draw connections between what’s happening in the classroom and what’s happening in their lives. Residential Life makes every attempt to provide residents with the needed resources to live in a healthy and enjoyable community. These resources range from the assistance of trained professional and student staff members, to programs and services that help students to live, grow and learn in a residential community.

Living on campus extends a student’s education beyond the classroom. PLU residence halls offer important opportunities for growth, community engagement and immersion in campus life.


Soon students will be arriving for Fall Semester here at PLU. Please check our Residential Life Year at A Glance to see scheduled university holidays as well as dates and times for scheduled arrivals and departures.

All of the residence halls include the following:

  • In Room Cable TV Hook Up
  • Ethernet/Internet In Room Connection
  • Indoor Bike Storage
  • Kitchen w/microwave(s)
  • Postal Delivery & Pick Up
  • Recycling Room
  • Student Long-Term Storage
  • Study Lounges
  • Vacuum Cleaners/Brooms
  • Vending Machines
  • Twin extra-long beds
  • Blinds
  • Desks and Desk Chairs
  • Closets
  • Dressers
  • Bookshelf
  • Waste Can & Recycling Bins
  • Linoleum Floor
  • Pianos In Lounge
  • Composting
  • Laundry Facilities

What's New on Campus?

Summer on a university campus may look quiet, but the residence halls at PLU have been hopping. In between summer school housing, and summer camps and conferences, scores of projects are underway to improve the residential experience for our students. PLU is committed to keeping housing increases to a minimum while making good use of revenue and savings.  Click here to explore what's new on campus!