Department of Residential Life

Living Off Campus

Some students who meet the residency requirement choose to live off campus during their time at PLU.  Living off campus can provide students with an even greater degree of independence as well as a chance to learn many practical life skills.   If you meet the residency requirement stated below,  you may elect to live off campus.  PLU, as a service to its students, maintains a list of available options in the area by working with Places4Students.   PLU does not endorse or represent any of these listing.   Many of these listing are in close proximity to campus.

The Department of Residential Life enjoys partnering with Places4Students to provide ALL current and incoming PLU affiliates with access to rental listings and property owners and managers with the ability to enter and manage their rental listings on-line. PLU affiliates with PLU email addresses can access the rental listings immediately after setting up an account with Places4Students.  See what we have to offer by clicking the logo below.

Students can click here to register to post a FREE sublet ad or roommates needed profile.

Mooring Mast Classifieds

The Mooring Mast now has a classifieds section available for individuals to publicize a book on sale or limited personal ads or Room/Houses available for rent!

For $6 (per 50 words), students or community members can advertise with the Mooring Mast.

Students can click here to check the Mooring Mast Advertising rates.  Only checks and PLU Department account numbers are accepted as payment.

What is the real cost of living off campus?

Click here for a printable comparison of On campus vs. Home vs. Off Campus

Commuter & Transfer Student Connections

Commuter & Transfer Student Connections offers on campus community spaces for commuter, transfer, and veteran students.  Learn more about The CAVE and Kreidler Lounge here.

Register your phone for Emergency Text

PLU has an emergency notification system that sends a text message to your phone. Click here to register

Program Disclaimer

Residential Life does not endorse any landlord, management company, or individual who lists with the Places4Students.

Neither Pacific Lutheran University nor Residential Life guarantees in any manner the service or quality of service offered by landlords, management companies, or individuals. Students, parents, and other members of the University and Tacoma community are under no obligation to utilize the Off-Campus Housing services or to rent from companies or individuals listed with the PLU Residential Life Office.

Places for Students

PLU Residency Requirements

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

  • Living at home with parent, spouse, or child and within 30 driving miles of PLU’s address.  This requires completing a notarized Confirmation of Living At Home Agreement for each academic year.
  • 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.

Before you decide to move off campus, be sure to compare both on campus living and off campus living.  Differences in lifestyle, amenities, and security can vary greatly between on and off campus living.  Make an informed decision.  Click here to read more about both options.