Commuter Student Resources

Commuter Students are invited to utilize ALL campus resources.  The following are resources specific to commuter students and their needs.

 Parking on campus

Commuter Students and Carpool Parking passes are available through Campus Safety.

What lots can I park in?

 Public Transit

PLU offers an Orca Card subsidy for Commuter Students who live off campus and use transit 3+ times a week.


Campus Safety provides walking and shuttle escorts to areas within campus and specified radius surrounding campus. Call ahead (253-535-7441) for their availability and estimated time of arrival.

Commuter Communities

All students who live off campus are members of The CAVE Lounge community.

  • The CAVE is a community for first and second year commuter students.

As a member of these communities you will receive a bi-monthly newsletter, invitations participate in community programming, and direct access to Community Advocates as peer resources.

First Year Linked Learning Communities

Learning Communities (LCs) are a valuable part of the PLU experience, adding to the learning that happens in the classroom and beyond.

All first-year students who enroll in a First Year Experience Program (FYEP) Writing 101 course will be linked through that course to a Learning Community (LC). LC linked courses provide opportunities to connect with community both inside and outside of the classroom, through co-curricular opportunities throughout the first year. Students who participate in LC linked courses have increased community and academic support to promote success in their first year at PLU! Additionally, residential students experience a further connection between their LC linked course and the theme of their residence hall. By participating in LC linked courses, your classmates become your neighbors.

Learning Communities are for all PLU students. At PLU, every residential student (including first-year, new transfer, returning, and upper division) is part of an LC, by year at PLU and/or by theme. Additionally, first-year commuting students participate in LCs via their enrollment in FYEP 101 linked courses; after their first semester, returning commuting students (and New Transfer commuting students) are invited to continue (or begin) participation in LCs through co-curricular opportunities that are offered every year.

To learn more about the specific LCs at PLU, visit the Learning Communities website and view the section of LCs themed by identity/interest or LCs themed by year at PLU.


Anderson University Center: 30 Semester use lockers are available downstairs in the AUC next to Campus Ministry (1st floor) and near The CAVE entrance at the bottom of the stairwell (basement level). Email for availability and to complete an application.

Rieke Science Center: 25 lockers are available in Rieke on a first come basis. Inquire with the Division of Natural Science in Suite 158 for availability.

On Campus Dining - Eating in the Commons is a big part of the PLU culture and a great way to connect with the PLU community. Picture of a sandwich.
Eating in the Commons is a big part of the PLU culture and a great way connect with the PLU community. We recommend that Commuter Students consider purchasing a meal plan, dining dollars, and/or LuteBuck$.

Dinning Dollars can only be used to purchase food and they are tax free! Dining dollars are available to use at all campus restaurant locations. Don’t worry about losing Dining Dollars during the academic year because they carry over from term to term and do not expire until the last day of the spring term. Visit the Dining Dollars site to learn more about them.

Meal Plan “E” This meal plan is designed for students residing in Stuen Hall, South Hall or off-campus/commuters. Having a meal plan makes it easy to nurture connections on campus and socialize with friends. Being a student is complicated — don’t worry about your student’s next meal, we have a variety of healthy options waiting. Visit the meal plan description site to see the full details.  Here is the quick link to learn how to add money to your meal plan – PLU Campus Restaurants.

LuteBucks Add LuteBucks to your account and turn your LuteCard into a convenient on-campus debit card. Add as many dollars as you’d like and these may be used for copying/printing, at all campus restaurants and the Lute Locker. LuteBucks stay with you throughout your time at PLU and are refunded upon withdrawal from the university. LuteBucks can be added in person at OMM or online on the GET APP. Learn more here.

Commuter Students interested in on campus jobs and leadership positions are invited and encouraged to apply to all positions on the Career Opportunities Board.   While all on campus positions welcome and value the skills and talents of all students, the following student leadership positions seek experience in commuting to PLU and/or an interest in working with commuter students:

  • CAVE Community Advocates are community builders committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus for commuter and transfer students through programing, one-on-one connections, and advocacy through their involvement in The CAVE.
  • ASPLU Off Campus Senator (1) – In addition to being able to serve in ASPLU Senator roles through their class year and the at large capacity, students must live off campus to serve as the Off Campus Senator.

Commuter Student who are less than 20 years of age or who have less than Junior Status (60 semester hours) on or before September 1 are permitted to live off campus with completion of the following required documentation:

  • Students living at home with parent within 25 driving miles of PLU must submit a notarized Confirmation of Living at Home Form (COLAH).
  •  Students living with a spouse must submit a certified copy of their marriage license and those students living with a child must present a certified birth certificate for the dependent child.

For more questions visit the Department of Residence Life’s required documents page at: