Spring Closing 2024

All Residence Halls, including South Hall, will formally close on Friday, May 24th at 6:00pm. Students who are not approved for Extended Stay or Summer Housing are expected to be fully moved out and departed from campus by this deadline.

Impacts of Commencement

Campus Life anticipates that, with Commencement happening on campus, there will be several impacts on residential students planning to move out on Commencement Ceremony days including, but not limited to: increased foot and driving traffic on and around campus, limited parking, and higher concentration of students and family members at Campus Restaurants.

Due to these anticipated impacts, Campus Life strongly encourage(s) students who live locally, and are able to manage end of semester academic and community commitments, to partially or fully move out prior to Thursday, May 23rd to avoid traffic congestion happening on campus and commute to campus as they are able to do so. Moving out prior to commencement ceremonies may allow students to move more quickly and efficiently, with more space and options for loading vehicles and parking on campus.

Campus Life encourage students to make informed decisions for themselves, based on their academic and community commitments, to decide the best way to organize moving belongings out of their residence hall. Campus Life upholds the move out deadline of May 24th at 6:00PM and will not be enforcing students to move or vacate campus prior to this deadline.

Extended Stay

Students needing housing beyond the May 24th at 6:00PM deadline can apply for Extended Stay until May 25th at 6:00PM. The deadline to apply is May 16th at 5:00pm.

Checkout Guidelines

Campus Life expects that students move out within 24 hours of completing their last final or commitment on campus. Students should complete the following list of instructions in order to properly checkout of their residence hall without fines and fees:

  • Students check out of their hall by 6:00 pm on May 24th
  • All personal belongings are removed from the room 
  • All university issued furniture is accounted for and in the room
  • Beds are in “Move-in” Formation
  • The room has been properly cleaned, including: floors are swept, surfaces are wiped down, garbage cans and recycle bins are clean
    • Vacuums and brooms are available at hall front desks during operating hours or by contacting the RA on duty during duty hours. 
  • Students have properly checked out with an RA or via Express Checkout

You may also refer to the Checkout Guidelines listed on our website.

Note to South Hall Residents

South Hall residents should make sure to clean not only their personal rooms but also all common space areas including kitchen spaces, living room, and bathrooms. Counters, cabinets, and appliances should be clear and wiped down upon moving out.

Below is an overview of Campus Life’s expectations for students moving out. 

How do I check out from my hall?

In order to complete your move and check out from a residence hall, you must return your key* to your hall staff and have them complete a Checkout Confirmation for your room. 

First Year Students are required to complete a checkout in person with their RA. Students should contact their RA at least 24 hours prior to schedule a checkout appointment.

Non-first year students may either checkout in person with an RA or may complete an express checkout envelope** found at your hall’s front desk. 

*Students assigned to Stuen or Ordal halls do not receive physical keys upon move in and should not turn in their LuteCard upon departure from campus. If you were given a key by Campus Life due to a faulty card reader, you must return your key upon checkout. 

What will an RA be checking for during a checkout?

Please refer to Campus Life’s Fines and Fees Structure for findings and damages an RA will look for during their checkout inspection, along with the corresponding fee associated with each finding. 

**Please note that students who opt for the Express Checkout Envelope method of checkout waive their right to rectify or dispute any finding of items, dirty surfaces, damages and/or discrepancies that the RA reports in the checkout confirmation and will be held to any fines and fees corresponding to those findings.

What if I check out after 6:00pm on May 24th?

Students who are not approved for Extended Stay and have not checked out by 6:00 pm on May 26th will be charged a $75 late checkout fee, along with an additional $50 charge for each hour after 6:00pm until checkout is complete. 

What is ‘Move-In Formation’?

Move-in formation specifically refers to the height student beds are lofted to. If you have either lofted your bed  on a single bed frame or checked out additional loft kit supplies to heighten your bed, you must (1) Return the loft kit you checked to the loft kit room in your building and/or (2) Return your bed to the lowest setting that the bed can be set. 

Instructions and information on lofting beds can be found here on our website. Ratchets needed for tooled beds in Harstad, Hinderlie, Kreidler, and Stuen Hall can be checked out at hall front desks during operating hours.

Can I store items in residence halls during summer?

Yes. PLU has student storage rooms available in all residence halls. Students should store their belongings in the hall they will be living in next academic year. Storage guidelines can be found on our website and outline items that students may and may not store in storage rooms. Any items that do not meet the storage guidelines will be refused or, if found during the summer, are subject to be removed and discarded by our staff. 

Move Out Loading

Campus Life partners with Campus Safety to allow students additional spaces on and around campus to load belongings into vehicles at a closer proximity to residence halls. Please read below for residence hall specific parking allowances.

Students must adhere to the following guidelines if they are planning on driving a vehicle onto campus:

  • Vehicles may ONLY be parked in appropriate loading zones designated by Campus Life and Campus Safety
  • Vehicles should be parked in a way that does not obstruct walking pathways
  • Vehicles should not be on campus unless a student is ACTIVELY moving belongings out of halls
  • Vehicles should not be on campus for more than 30-45 minutes
  • Vehicles should be moved immediately after loading and parked in an appropriate lot/side street parking
  • Vehicles should not be left unlocked or unattended at any time

Please refer to the map below for appropriate parking and loading zone(s) during move out.

Bollard Removal Hours

Hinderlie, Kreidler, Ordal & Stuen Halls will have loading zones closer to their residence hall beginning May 16th accessible via the West Hauge Lot when bollards are removed.

  • Thursday, May 16 & Friday, May 17 — 5:00PM – 9:00PM
  • Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19 — 7:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Monday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 22 — 5:00PM – 9:00PM

Thursday, May 23rd 7:00AM – 1:00PM
  • Bollards will be put up at 1:00PM, 2 hours prior to commencement ceremonies beginning and will not be removed later in the evening. All vehicles on campus must depart prior to 1:00PM
Friday, May 24th — Closed
  • On Campus vehicle access will not be available as we prepare for commencement ceremonies.

The West Hauge Lot will be reserved on May 24th-May 25th for Move Out Loading as an alternative to on campus vehicle access during commencement

Saturday May 25th — 7:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Bollards will be put up at 6:00PM per extended stay extension deadline. All vehicles on campus must depart prior to 6:00PM.

Please refer to the map below for appropriate parking and loading zone(s) during move out.

Reminder for Tingelstad/Pflueger Residents

Students may NOT use the fire lanes outside of Pflueger Hall along Yakima or 124th Street to park or load vehicles. These lanes are reserved for emergency vehicles ONLY.

Additional Loading During Commencement

Campus Life anticipates lower campus parking to be limited and/or full prior to and during commencement ceremonies. As an alternative option to load vehicles during move out, the EVA located on the East side of Tingelstad Hall will be open

  • Thursday, May 23rd between 7:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Friday, MAY 24TH between 7:00AM – 6:00PM

for students to TEMPORARILY load vehicles. Please adhere to all signage, cones, and tape marking appropriate loading zones.

The EVA can be accessed via 125th Street S. Vehicles should exit via the gravel road that exits to Park Ave. and 124th Street S.