Department of Residential Life

Intimate, unique, friendly. All describe Harstad Hall.

Harstad Hall is the most historic building on campus, named after Bjug Harstad, PLU’s founder and first president and housing the entire university from 1894 to 1912. Today, this single gender community is home to the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity Residential Learning Community (RLC), promoting this theme through programming, activism, education, leadership opportunities, and reflection. NEW for Fall 2015, two of the first year wings will be linked with specific First Year Experience Program (FYEP) courses on the topic of gender equity and social justice.  Harstad seeks to provide all residents with the ability to grow as educated and professional women in society.

Some programs that women have been able to experience in Harstad have been: Women’s Empowerment and Health, Themed Craft Nights, Cookies and Careers: Being Hired as a Woman, and our annual all campus event, PlayDate!

Harstad has some of the largest rooms on campus, with varying room sizes that add character to the five story hall. It is conveniently located between the library, University Center and Garfield Street, which is home to numerous stores and restaurants. Living in Harstad is being a part of the entire PLU and Parkland Community!

  • WiFi throughout the building
  • Harstad rooms vary in shape and size, with some rooms boasting high ceilings and unique layouts
  • There are a variety of room types in Harstad, including designed single rooms, double rooms and a single room with bath
  • Laundry rooms are centralized, both coin and Lutecard operated
  • A fireplace is located in the 4th floor lounge
  • There are 4 floors of living space, with elevator and stair access
  • All beds are twin extra long
  • 3 kitchens are available for creating light meals, each include a table for family style dining
  • 4 lounges with community TV’s
  • 4 lounges with whiteboards for studying

Harstad Unfurnished Room
Harstad Unfurnished Room
Harstad Furnished Room
Harstad Furnished Room
Front view of Harstad
Contact Information

Resident Director:
Melissa Williams

RD Contact Number:
253-535-8373

Front Desk:
253-538-2000

Email:
melissa.williams@plu.edu