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 more than 1 mile away from campus and use transit 3+ times a week.


Campus Safety provides walking and shuttle escorts. Call ahead 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. Visit the CAVE or Diversity Center for availability.

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.

AYCTE (all-you-care-to-eat) Meal Period occur Sunday brunch & Sunday–Friday dinners. There are three flexible plans that are perfect for off-campus students, Meal Plan E, Meal Plan F and Meal Plan G. They come with either 20 or 50 AYCTE periods you can use during the semester or just dining dollars. Having a meal plan makes it easy to share time with friends and nourish those on-campus friendships.

LuteBuck$ are also accepted at all Campus Restaurant locations and roll over term to term while you are a PLU student. LuteBuck$ can be added in person at OMM or Auc 207 or online on the GET APP. Learn more here.

Off-campus Students Meal Plans

The following meal plans are designed for commuter students. For your more information, visit PLU Campus Restaurants.

  • Plan E: 50 one-admittance AYTCE meals + $354 Dining Dollars = $1039
  • Plan F: 20 one-admittance AYTCE meals + $260 Dining Dollars = $536
  • Plan G: $536 Dining Dollars = $536

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:

Composting + Recycling Off Campus

Lutes are encouraged to participate in the universities commitment to living a sustainable life.  Learn about on-campus resource for composting and recycling for students who live off campus.