Comfortable and Safe

There aren’t a lot of rules in PLU’s residence halls – just enough to make sure everyone is comfortable and safe. We think you’ll find our policies will give you room to be yourself, while fostering respect for your fellow residents.

For a full list of our policies and contracts, please review our Documents page.


Alcoholic Beverages:  The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on campus and in the residence halls. Empty alcohol containers and brewing equipment are similarly prohibited. South and Stuen* Halls have their own individual alcohol policies.  Review the Traditional Hall Housing Guide or the South Hall Housing Guide for specific information.
*starting in the 2020-21 academic year.

Animals on Campus: Fish are the only pets allowed in University housing. Fish tanks larger than 25 gallons are not permitted. Any resident found with other pets will be referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities. Minimum consequences will include immediate removal of the pet, submission to random room checks for unauthorized pets for the remainder of the resident’s occupancy, and restitution for any cleaning charges resulting from having the pet. Additional consequences may include termination of the resident’s housing contract. In order to have an Emotional Support Animal you need to apply. See the Guidelines here.

Candles: The use of candles in residence halls is prohibited, except for religious purposes. Review the policy and see the application process here.

Furnishings and Responsibility for Institutional Property:  University furnishings may not be removed from the students’ rooms nor moved from one room to another nor one hall to another.

Guests: Temporary guests must abide by all University regulations. Guests may stay no more than: four consecutive nights, any four nights out of seven, or any eight nights out of thirty. Overnight guests must not be in an intimate relationship with any resident of the hosting room.  The full policy is available in our housing guides.

Keys:  Keys are issued upon check-in at no charge and must be returned whenever the student’s housing contract is terminated or a change of rooms takes place.  Lost keys must be reported to the Department of Residential Life, AUC Suite 161, who will submit a service request to replace the key(s).  A fee will be assessed for re-coring the room door lock and/or replacing lost keys.

Personal Property:  The University will make every reasonable effort to protect the personal property of residents, but will not be liable for articles lost, stolen, or damaged by fire, water, heat and/or other natural disasters.  When storing goods in University space, students assume the risk of loss or damage.

Residency Requirement:   Pacific Lutheran University requires that all full-time students live in university housing unless:

  • Living at home with parent, spouse, or child within 25 driving miles of PLU’s address (driving distance limitations suspended temporarily for the 2020-2021 academic year).  (Notarized/Certified documentation required).
  • 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.

Room Alterations:  Occupants are not permitted to paint, apply contact or wall paper, alter or remodel any student room or public area in the residence hall.

Roommates:  Residential Life will not knowingly pair individuals with a non-platonic or romantic relationship as roommates.  Reported violation of this policy will result in a referral to the University Student Conduct System. Students found responsible for violating this policy may be relocated.

Solicitation:  Residential Life, while supporting worthwhile causes, makes it a priority to safeguard our residents’ privacy.  If your club is interested in leaving information or would like help from one of our Residence Halls, please be sure to check our Publicity and Solicitation Protocol.

Smoking: The use of tobacco products is prohibited on the PLU campus.

Visitation Policy: Visitors are welcome between 8:00am and 2:00am, Monday – Friday, and 8:00am to 3:00am, Saturday and Sunday, but is contingent upon mutual agreement between roommates.  Visitation is unrestricted in residence hall lounges, hallways, kitchens and Kreidler and South Halls at all times.  Residence halls communities may amend these guidelines by working with the Resident Assistant or the Community Director of the hall.  The full policy is available in our housing guides.