PLU Residency Requirement
Pacific Lutheran University requires that all full-time students live in university housing unless the student meets one of the following criteria:
- Live at home with a parent, spouse, or child within 25 driving miles of PLU’s address;
- 20 years of age or Junior Status (60 semester hours) on or before September 1 to be exempt for the academic year, or on or before February 1 to be exempt for the spring semester.
A student enrolled at the University and living off-campus that does not meet the criteria listed above and without approval from the Department of Residential Life is in violation of this policy, and will be held responsible for room and meal charges for that period and will be required to move on-campus for the remainder of their time.
Register Your Housing Plans with Campus Life
All incoming students to PLU must submit the Living Plans and Learning Community Application and share their housing plans with our office. Students will have the option to select:
- Live On Campus
- Students will apply to on campus housing through the Learning Community Application
- Live At-Home [within 25 driving miles of PLU]
- Students will submit this application and receive a follow up email to complete the Confirmation of Living at Home form
- Live Off-Campus
- Students who satisfy the requirement to live off campus will submit this application. Campus Life will verify student eligibility and follow up if necessary.
Living On Campus
Minimum Age Requirement
Students must be a minimum of 17 years of age on or before September 1st to be eligible for on campus housing for the academic year, or on or before February 1st to be eligible for spring semester.
Meal Plan Requirement
Students residing in traditional residence halls (all halls but South Hall) will be automatically signed up for a meal plan. South Hall residents are not required to have a meal plan. Information on the Meal Plan Options and rates can be found at the Campus Restaurants website.
Roommate / Community Living Experience
PLU believes in the valuable experience gained by sharing a room with a roommate, as well as living in a larger wing/floor community with others. Residential Life works to actively support students in this valuable life experience.
- Living in Community Learning Outcomes
- Contacting Roommates Before Arriving
- Creating a Positive Roommate Relationship
- Identifying Roommate / Floor Conflicts
- Managing Conflicts
Live At-Home with a Parent, Spouse or Child
Students who wish to live at home must verify with the university that they are living with either a parent, spouse, or child within 25 driving miles of the university.
Students must submit both the Living Plans and Learning Community Application and the Confirmation of Living at Home (COLAH) form and receive an email from the Campus Life office confirming that they have been approved to live at home.
Students may not live with an aunt/uncle, grandparent, sibling, or friends in substitute of the parent, spouse, or child specifications.
Live Off Campus
Students must either be 20 years old or achieve Junior standing (60 credits) by the following deadlines:
- To be eligible to live off campus for the academic year, students must meet either criteria before September 1
- To be eligible to live off campus for Spring semester, students must meet either criteria before February 1
The Lofts in our apartment style residence hall, South Hall, offer housing for students who are married. Family student housing is unfortunately not available. Assignments are typically made in February for the following Academic Year. If you are either married, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Accessibility and Accommodation Housing
We encourage all students with housing specific accessibility and accommodation to contact Residential Life to discuss how their specific needs can best be met.
An application process has been established for students who wish to apply for a single room based on medical, physical, or psychological needs: Application for Accessibility and Accommodation