Continuing Students interested in living on-campus for the 2023-2024 academic year will participate in the Room Selection Process

These instructions are for current PLU students who are interested in living on campus next year.  This includes any current commuter or study away student.

All newly admitted students should complete the First Year Checklist sent to them by the Office of Admission or visit www.plu.edu/bealute.

The Room Selection Process occurs throughout Spring semester, with two separate processes for Upper Division Housing (South Hall and Harstad Hall) and Traditional Hall Housing

Upper Division Room Selection

PLU offers a limited amount of Upper Division Housing and conducts this selection process earlier than Traditional Hall Housing. Students who are not assigned to the Upper Division learning community will be placed on a waitlist and can re-apply for traditional hall learning communities.

Upper Division applications for the 2023-24 academic year are due by 11:59pm (PST) on February 15, 2023. Applications received after that time will be considered in the order they are received and are not priority point eligible.

In order to live in Upper Division learning communities, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must meet either of the criteria listed below before September 1st
    • Be at least 20 years old
    • Have achieved junior standing (60 credits)
  • Be in good standing with PLU Student Rights and Responsibilities

South Hall

South Hall is an apartment style hall with private bathrooms in each apartment.

South Hall has a single and multi-bedroom apartment layouts including:

  • Studios of varying sizes [categorized into Studio A, B, and C based on square footage]
  • One, two, and five bedroom townhouses
  • Two and four bedroom apartments

Apartment type costs can be found on our Rates and Dates page.

Limited married housing units are available upon request and availability at the time of the request. Family housing is not available at PLU.

South Hall has a view of the Olympic Mountains to the west and Mount Rainier to the east. The main lounge opens to a courtyard, providing a large gathering area. There is also a beautiful front lawn, which is used to host BBQs and provides a space to study in the sun! In addition, South Hall provides alternative choices to the regular residence halls, for example, South is the only hall on campus providing married student housing.

South Hall
South Hall Apartment student studying

Harstad Hall

Harstad Hall is the most historic building on campus, named after PLU’s founder Bjug Harstad. Harstad Hall has some of the largest rooms on campus, with varying room sizes that add character to the five story hall. The hall is conveniently located between the library and University Center. Rooms in Harstad hall have been converted to single rooms and houses approximately 90 residents. This is the only traditional style residence hall where visitation is not limited, and eligible students may have alcohol in their rooms.

Upper Division learning communities tends to be more quiet than other halls, and its residents have the same type of independence that South Hall or off-campus residences offer, yet still provides the traditional-hall on-campus experience. Because of its well equipped kitchens, Harstad residents are eligible for a reduced meal plan.

Harstad Hall is a mixed-gendered hall with gendered bathrooms and shower facilities. If you identify as Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming and have concerns, please reach out to Campus Life.

Harstad Furnished Room

Review the Housing Guides 

  • The Housing Guides are available online on our documents page.
  • South Hall – South Hall Housing Guide.
  • Harstad Hall – Traditional Hall Housing Guide.

Submit a Learning Community Application before February 15, 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Upon completing your Learning Community Application, you will receive a copy of your submission via email.  Save this email for your records.
  • Applications received after the deadline will be considered in the date/time order they are received at the Department of Campus Life.  NO Priority Points will count.
  • Students applying for married housing should follow the steps above and then contact the Department of Campus Life at rlif@plu.edu or 253-535-7200.
  • Students who apply after the set deadline are still welcome to apply and may be placed on a waitlist until space becomes available.

Last week of February – Department of Campus Life staff will process applications and start making apartment type assignments based on priority points and eligibility – an email notification will be sent before the end of February to inform students which upper division hall they have been assigned to and next steps with the apartment and room selection events.

  • Students approved for South Hall will receive an email with their assigned apartment type and any roommates they are assigned.
    • South Hall’s Apartment Selection Event will be held virtually by submitting an online form with students’ preferences on where within the hall they would like their apartment to be located. Campus Life will assign student groups to individual apartment numbers.
    • Final apartment assignments will be emailed to students by March 15th.
    • Please note that students may not request to change apartment types or roommates once initial approval emails have been sent out.
  • Students approved for Harstad Hall will attend the Traditional Room Selection Event in mid-April to select their specific Upper Division single room within the hall — students will confirm their housing assignment at this event
    • Room confirmation emails will be sent mid April with final assignments in place for Fall semester

March 31st (at 11:59 pm) –  South Hall Fall Cancellation Deadline (rates variable)

Students who wish to cancel their South Hall assignment must submit a housing cancellation form prior to this date and time. Cancellations received after this deadline will be charged a cancellation fee on their student account.

May 31st (at 11:59pm) – Traditional Hall Fall Cancellation Deadline

Students who wish to cancel their Traditional Hall assignment must submit a housing cancellation form prior to this date and time. Cancellations received after this deadline will be charged a cancellation fee on their student account. This fee will increase from $320 to $640 on July 1st.

If I currently live in South Hall will I be guaranteed to live in South Hall again the next academic year?

Students who are currently assigned to a South Hall apartment will have the option to keep their apartment for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please note that in order for students to keep their apartment, 50% of their apartment must agree to keep the apartment. Students who choose to keep their apartment must keep their exact apartment for the next academic year and will not have the opportunity to apply to a different style of apartment.

When does South Hall Fall Move-In Begin?

Residence Hall opening will be a scheduled event this coming year so please continue to check your PLU email in the Summer. Typical opening starts on the Friday before classes.

What if I want to switch bedrooms with someone I am currently living in the same apartment?

If you wish to switch bedroom assignments with your current roommate(s), this can be done by emailing Residential Life and explaining the change you wish to be made. All requests must be mutual. If you would like to view a floor plan before requesting a bedroom change please contact Residential Life (AUC 161).

Is South Hall Gender Inclusive?

Students assigned to South Hall have private bathroom and showering facilities within their apartments. Students in multi-bedroom apartments may opt for a single-gender or gender-inclusive apartment based on personal preference that is agreed upon amongst the apartment.

How do meal plans work in South Hall?

There is not a Meal Plan requirement for students who live in South Hall.  Students are able to elect to sign up for a meal plan if they wish to.  If a student moves during the academic year from a Traditional Hall to South Hall they will need to cancel their Meal Plan if they do not wish to have one.  Meal Plan webpage.

What if I need to cancel my South Hall assignment?

All students are required to cancel their housing assignments through the Housing Cancellation Form, students assigned to South Hall for the next academic year will need play close attention to the Housing Cancellation Fee Schedule as their cancellation penalties vary depending on apartment type (can be found in the South Hall Housing Guide, on our Documents page.)

When does South Hall Fall Move-In Begin?

Residence Hall opening will be a scheduled event this coming year so please continue to check your PLU email in the Summer. Typical opening starts on the Friday before classes.

Will there the option for roommates in Harstad Hall?

Harstad Hall will have four Upper Division Double rooms located on the first floor of Harstad Hall for an Upper Division-double rate. These rooms were previously triple rooms and are significantly larger in size. The Upper Division-double rate will be slightly lower than the Upper Division single rate.

Harstad Hall will have four Upper Division Double rooms located on the first floor of Harstad Hall for an Upper Division-double rate. These rooms were previously triple rooms and are significantly larger in size. The Upper Division-double rate will be slightly lower than the Upper Division single rate.

Yes. As a part of the Upper Division learning community, Harstad residents will be eligible for the reduced Meal Plan E option. Harstad residents may not opt out of having a meal plan but will have the choice of a smaller, dining-dollars only meal plan. Please review the Meal Plan Descriptions page for more information.

Traditional Hall Room Selection

Traditional Hall Room Selection Process (RSP) occurs after the completion of the Upper Division Selection Process, with the main Room Selection Event occurring April 11th and 12th in the CK Hall.

Traditional Halls include all non-upper division designated halls (South Hall and Harstad Hall)

Students who are interested in living on-campus should attend a wing meeting put on by their RA that will talk more about the Room Selection Process. RAs will also post bulletin boards in their wing with information and links to applications.

Posters will be available throughout campus to remind students about applying for housing and reminders will be sent during February and March with more information about the Room Selection Process.

To apply to on campus housing, students must complete the Living Plans and Learning Community Application.

Students will apply to their top 5 learning communities. In order to be able to pick a space in a residence hall during the Room Selection Event, students must be approved for a learning community within that hall. All students are automatically approved to live in the New Transfer/Returner Learning Community.

Please note that applying to the same learning community multiple times does not increase your chances of being assigned or approved. Due to limited spacing in each learning community, applying to only one community will limit which spaces you will be eligible to choose from during the Room Selection Event.

Students should also not assume that they will be automatically approved for their current learning community. Learning Community responses should be thoughtful in order to be re-approved with evidence of continued interest and/or growth while living in the learning community this year.

The priority deadline to submit a Living Plans and Learning Community application for the 2023-2024 academic year is March 23rd at 11:59pm.

Applications received after this deadline will be processed in the order they are received and students will attend the Late Room Selection Event held on April 14th.

Email notifications will be sent out during the first week of April with the following information:

  • Learning Community Approvals 
    • After submitting your Living Plans and Learning Community Application, our Community Directors will read through each submitted application and either approve or deny your for that learning community.
      • If you are approved for the learning community, you will be able to select a room in that community at the Room Selection Event, if space is still available at the time you attend.
      • If you are not approved for the learning community, you will not be able to choose a room in that community, which will decrease your options for housing
    • You will receive an email with the subject: PLU Housing: Learning Community Approvals 2023-2024 that will list the communities you are approved for. Make sure to have this email handy when you attend the Room Selection Event

 

  • Order Number and Time Slot
    • The Room Selection Event is a carefully planned and executed event. Students will attend based on an assigned order number and time slot with the earliest time they will be able to attend the event with instructions on how to navigate through the event.
      • Order numbers and time slots will be assigned based on the priority point system. Students with the highest priority point totals will be assigned to the earliest time slots (April 11th at 4:00pm) for first pick of available space during the Room Selection Event.
      • Current first year students should expect to attend Room Selection on April 12th, which will have limited housing options available. Our office advises that students should plan ahead for alternative choices to their top priority housing assignment.
    • Medical Singles (excluding singles with bath and/or kitchen) that are approved through the Accessibility and Accommodation application process will not receive extra priority points or be allowed to attend the Room Selection Event earlier than their assigned order number or timeslot. Students with approved medical singles will be able to convert any double room into a medical single that is still available when they attend the Room Selection Event.
    • You will receive an email with the subject: PLU Housing: Room Selection Event Order Number and Time Slot

 

  • Single Room Approvals 
    • Campus Life will offer a limited number of single rooms in each learning community.
    • Students who apply for single rooms in traditional halls (all halls except South and Harstad) will receive approval or denial emails.
      • Students must be approved for both a single room and learning community to secure a space in that building
      • Students may only choose from the designated single rooms within a hall available at the time they attend the Room Selection Event
        • If there are only double rooms available in the learning community you would like live in, you will not be able to convert a double room into a single room [unless approved for a medical single, see above]
    • You will receive an email with the subject: PLU Housing: Single Room Approved/Not Approved

The Room Selection Event will be held

  • April 11th, 2023 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm 
  • April 12th, 2023 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm 

in the CK Hall in the University Center.

Students who apply after the March 23rd priority deadline will attend a separate Room Selection Event in the Campus Life Office April 14th.

Before Attending the Room Selection Event
  • Make sure you don’t have any holds on your student account: Students with a hold on their student account must resolve the hold prior to applying for a room. Log into Banner Web to check for holds. If you have a hold, review Student Financial Services website.
  • Roommates: Campus Life will not match roommates prior to the Room Selection Event. Students who would like to mutually request each other may attend the Room Selection Event together at the earliest timeslot either student is assigned.
  • Unable to attend Apartment Selection or Room Selection Event: Complete our online Proxy Form to request another person to choose your housing assignment for you.
    • Please note that the Room Selection Event is NOT an excuse to skip or leave previously scheduled activities. Students with class scheduled during the Room Selection Event time should not leave class to attend this event and should ask a friend to be their proxy.

After the Room Selection Event has concluded, our office will send out housing assignment confirmation emails and roommate information.

Accessibility and Accommodation Housing

If you have been previously approved for medical accommodation housing, you must reapply through the Accessibility and Accommodation Application. New applications are processed year-round.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have further questions or concerns not addressed on this page, contact our office!

Campus Life is located in AUC 161. Our office is open Monday-Friday between 8:00am -5:00pm

Email: RLIF@plu.edu

Phone: 253-535-7200