Department of Residential Life

Living in the Pacific Northwest

Melissa Williams, Resident Director for Harstad Hall: “As a Pacific Northwest (PNW) native I knew that living in the South Puget Sound area was going to be wonderful, but until I was here I had no idea how amazing the culture, outdoor activities and lively community was in and around Tacoma. I can often be found at a hot yoga studio, a local play or trying a new dish at one of the many places to eat here! When the sun comes out there are always amazing new hikes to try.”

Luke Ruiz, Resident Director for South & Kreidler Halls: “Being new to the Puget Sound area, I was more than excited to find museums, festivals and countless hiking spots in this region. Personally, I think Point Defiance has amazing views along with diverse flora and fauna wildlife. It’s always a fresh adventure in the Pacific Northwest!”


South Hall with Mt Rainier in background
Melissa selfie at 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 quick links on this page as a starting point to discover everything that living in the Pacific Northwest has to offer!