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LuteBucks and On-Campus Purchases

ABC students are given $3,000 in LuteBucks to use in campus dining and for other on-campus purchases (such as at the Lute Locker). LuteBucks can be used for food and non-food items. Just swipe your PLU ID  card at the cashier!


Other important notes about LuteBucks:

  • All-You-Care-To-Eat meals in The Commons can be purchased with LuteBucks ($14.50 per meal period)
  • Add more LuteBucks to your card at the Campus Concierge (in the Anderson University Center)
  • Your balance will always show up when you make a purchase or you can request a “transaction statement” at https://www.plu.edu/concierge/lutecard-statement-request/
  • Students will pay sales tax on all items (food and non-food) purchased with LuteBucks
  • Unused LuteBucks will not be refunded to students at the end of the year
  • Merchandise will be accepted for return according to the refund policy of each establishment. Cash refunds will not be given for returned merchandise. A credit will be made to the card holder’s account within one working day after receiving an approved request.

Off-Campus Options

Restaurants in Walking Distance

Nearby Grocery Stores

Important! Stores within the Tacoma city limits do not provide plastic shopping bags. You can bring your own reusable shopping bags or (sometimes) purchase bags for a small fee.

Buying Groceries Online

Some local grocery stores allow you to place orders online and will deliver them to you. This is a good option for when the weather is bad, but does require advanced planning and comes with additional fees. Stores often have specials to waive fees on first orders.

Image of a Safeway Delivery Truck (from https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/12/15/online-safeway-shoppers-overcharged-according-to-california-judge/)

You should always tip your grocery delivery person, usually 5-10% (more if the weather is bad).  Most grocery delivery services allow you to include a tip in your online order or you can tip your delivery person in cash when they arrive.

Adjusting to New Foods While Studying Abroad

One of the biggest challenges any study abroad student faces is new foods. Here are some ideas of what to expect as you get used to eating in the United States and some suggestions for making the adjustment.