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.

We here in Residential Life know that sending your student off to college and moving on-campus may be a big step for everyone, and our number one priority is helping your student to feel at home and to love where they live. Below is a 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 want to feel at home. Remember that your student’s on-campus room may be smaller than their room at home, and not every item may fit. Many of the larger items may be things that could be shared with a roommate and are indicated with an asterisk (*). 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(s)
  • Bed linens – twin extra long
  • Clothes hangers
  • Coffee mug
  • Drinking cups, dishes and silverware for snacks
  • Poster putty or Command strips for hanging up decorations
  • Plastic containers with tight lids for storing snacks, detergent, etc.
  • Headphones/ear buds (so music/TV doesn’t bother roommates or neighbors)
  • Digital music player
  • Cell phone and charger (room does not come with a land line, but one can be provide for a small fee)
  • Desk lamp or bed lamp
  • TV/DVD-Player/streaming device* (there is common area TV if you don’t bring one)
  • Fan*
  • Hair dryer*
  • Alarm clock
  • Small refrigerator* (max. 5.0 cubic feet)
  • Crates or stacking containers*
  • Paper towels, glass cleaner*
  • Sewing kit, scissors, safety pins*
  • Message board *
  • Area rug*

Listed here are a few items that students are not allowed to 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 (except fish in tanks no bigger than 5 gallons)
  • Nail picture hangers
  • Microwave

All of the residence halls include the following:

  • Cable TV hook up in room
  • WiFi as well as wired Internet in room
  • Study lounges
  • Common areas/TV lounges
  • Recreation areas and games (ie: board games, ping pong and foosball, etc)
  • Pianos in lounge
  • Kitchen w/microwave(s)
  • Postal delivery & pick-up
  • Indoor bike storage
  • Vacuum cleaners/brooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Vending machines
  • Twin extra-long beds
  • Desks and desk chairs
  • Closets
  • Dressers
  • Bookshelf
  • Blinds
  • Linoleum floor
  • Waste can & recycling bins
  • Recycling/composting room

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
  • Shower caddy
  • Facial tissues
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent and stain removal products
  • LuteCard (just load the card, swipe, and wash your clothes!)
  • Band-Aids
  • Cold medicine
  • Aspirin
  • First-aid kit

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 in off-campus stores.

  • Computer/laptop
  • Binders, folders
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Backpack/Bag for Books
  • Calculator

  • Access to money (i.e. debit card, credit card, checks, cash etc.)
  • Raincoat/Umbrella
  • Key ring
  • LuteCard holder (these can be purchased at the Bookstore)
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Sports/recreation equipment
  • Snacks for your room
  • Tool kit