Department ofResidential Life

Joe Harper Kowalczyk, Resident Director for Foss and Pflueger Halls: “One thing that was important to me when I was looking for a job was the ability to build a well-rounded life. I wanted a meaningful job, and I wanted to get involved in things outside work. For example, if I hadn't moved here, I wouldn't have climbed Mt. Rainier.”

Living in the Pacific Northwest

There's nothing quite like the Pacific Northwest, so it's easy to see why the Puget Sound area continues to grow and attract thousands of people every year. PLU is just minutes away from downtown Tacoma and the unique culture that the city offers including the world famous Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum. The short drive to Seattle means you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy big-city entertainment like the Experience Music Project or major league ball games at beautiful Safeco Field and Centurylink Field.

Given that the Seattle-Tacoma area is situated on the vibrant and culturally diverse Pacific Rim, you also reap the benefits of the Northwest such as the picturesque Mt. Rainier National Park and the rugged Olympic coastline.

There are many great area attractions including, but not limited to: Tacoma Art Museum, Proctor Farmer's Market, The Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, local sports teams (The 2014 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Seattle Thunderbirds, Tacoma Rainiers).

Please use the Quicklinks on this page as a starting point to discover everything that living in the Pacific Northwest has to offer!