Department ofResidential Life

Our Communities

Instead of opting for a First Year or New Transfer/Returner Wing, students may choose to live in one of our many themed residential learning communites. Residential Life designed the following living/learning communities to support students with a special interst area. These residents have a typical on campus experience with the added value of developing relationships with faculty and sharing a similar community focus. If you are interested in living in one of our Living/Learning Communities you may apply here.

Gender Neutral Housing: PLU has two mixed gender wings with gender neutral bathrooms. These bathrooms are open to all users, regardless of biological sex or gender identity. Private stalls, with partitions going nearly to the floor and ceiling enclose toilets, urinals and showers with individual changing areas. These wings are designated as mixed gender, allowing rooms designated for male residents and rooms designated for female residents on the same wing. Single rooms and gender neutral rooms will be an option on these wings for students for whom biological sex does not match gender identity.

Women's Empowerment and Leadership: As a single gender community, Harstad Hall promotes gender equality through international programming, community building and faculty interaction by focusing on activism, education, leadership opportunities and reflection. Such a focus empowers all the female community to celebrate the female identity and integrate their learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

Hong German House

Social Action and Leadership: The Social Action and Leadership (SAL) Community is located in Ordal Hall for 2013-2014 and will be back in the newly renovated Stuen Hall for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. SAL works closely with the Diversity Center and Womens' Center. Residents learn how to create positive change by developing an increased understanding their own cultural identity through critical reflection of their beliefs, values, attitudes and emotions.

First in the Family Community: There are two wings located in Foss Hall that are geared towards students who are the first in their families to attend college. Formally known as first-generation college students, students who live in the First in the Family Community identify as someone whose parents did not graduate from a four-year, degree granting institution in the U.S. The First in the Family Community provides assistance from staff and connects students to resources on campus to help them be successful in and out of the classroom. If you would like more information about the First in the Family Community, or to apply, please contact Joe Harper Kowalczyk at 253-535-8000 or by email at

Global Experience & Study:  Hong International Hall is home to a unique community consisting of six language and culture houses: Chinese, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish and International Honors House. Residents focus on global awareness, language immersion and cultural engagement. Each language house allows residents to practice their language with other residents and form relationships with their faculty members.

Creative Expression: Do you sing in the shower? Love listening to music? Have a creative side? If yes, then you should consider living in Hinderlie's Commuinty for Creative Expression. Hinderlie residents appreciate art, creativity and expression in diverse forms. Hall staff and PLU faculty partner engage residents in crative programs and the appreciation for the world of art.

Hinderlie Furnished Room