Department of Residential Life

Welcome to Residential Life!

This is an exciting and busy time of year here on campus as we are getting the halls all ready for move-in! Move in for new students begins on Friday, September 4 at 9:00am and returners may begin at 11:00am. South Hall opens on Sunday, August 30 at 1:00pm. Housekeeping and Facilities are hard at work deep cleaning and making sure that everything is in good shape for the start of a new school year. We get a lot of calls and emails this time of year asking about roommates, what you can and can’t bring, and for more specifics of the specific hall students are assigned to.

Here are a few of the most-asked questions:

When do I find out who my roommate is? Res Life sends out Roommate Letters the last week of July. The letter will provide name and contact information for your roommate, we recommend reaching out right away and getting to know each other. Don’t rely on your roommate’s social media account to decide if you are a good fit. Get a conversation going, either by text or do it the old fashioned way…pick up the phone! Also, take a look at your own social media presence. Is it a good reflection of who you are? Do you feel good having your roommate (and maybe their parents) making decisions about you based on what they see?

What should I bring? We have a great checklist detailing what you should and should not bring. Our hands down, all time most asked question is about microwaves. In-room microwaves are not allowed, although the kitchens in the halls are equipped with them for all of your snacking and meal-prep needs! Many of the items on the list do not need duplicates (fridges, televisions, extra seating) in each room. This is one more good reason to chat with your new roommate and decide who will bring what.

What should I know about my hall? Students across campus are one big family, and each hall has it’s own identity. Take a look at our Residence Hall page and find the link to your hall. Additionally, check out Res Life’s Pinterest, which has a board for each hall, as well as some great tips for making the most of your new home!

What if I can’t decide if I should live on campus? For a lot of students, this is a big decision. Take a look at this page as a starting point. It asks some good questions and we have received good feedback on its contents.

What if I didn’t find the answer to my question here? Give us a call or shoot us an email. We love to hear from you and want to make your transition to campus life as easy and fun as we can. We are here Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm to answer your questions. You can reach us at 253.535.7200 or at

Ordal Hall will be getting some major updates and renovations over the summer!

Front view of Ordal Hall
You won't want to miss them! To find out more, click here!

Jose and Max - Click the video above to see what they have to say about roommates!

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