Commuting Guests

Information regarding university policies, amenities and opportunities is available below. If you have suggestions on information to include here let us know! Contact for further questions.

In the event of an emergency, please call 253.879.3311 (security services) seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Internet Access
We offer free internet access for all guests attending conferences at the university. If you wish to connect a personal laptop computer to the campus network or you would like to use a computer in one of the labs on campus, contact the Conference Services office for login information (253.879.3483).

Applying to the University of Puget Sound
If you would like more information on University of Puget Sound we have several opportunities for you to find what you're looking for.

  • stop by the Office of Admission in Jones, room 115, open all summer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student-led tours are available every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • call 253.879.3211 with any questions.
  • Admission brochures are located in the foyers and lounges of residence halls.
  • at your last scheduled meal on campus, you will be given a Conference Services evaluation where you may request admission information on this form.

The University of Puget Sound has a northwest style coffee and espresso bar, Diversions Cafe in the Wheelock Student Center. It is open for limited hours in the summer, usually Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Actual hours will be posted.) Coffee, espresso drinks, Italian sodas, juices and a variety of pastries are available for purchase. The University of Puget Sound is very proud that Diversions Café is managed by students, who are responsible for staffing, purchasing and general management of the venue.

If you are shipping large boxes or materials for your program, please see the information on shipping below.

If you are going to be a participant of a program and wish to receive mail during your program, it should have a clear return address and be addressed as follows:

Your Name
Program or Group Name

University of Puget Sound
Conference Services
1500 N. Warner Street
CMB 1093
Tacoma, Washington

Mail is delivered to the University of Puget Sound mailroom only Monday through Friday. Please allow an additional day for delivery over and above your expected delivery date. Once mail is received at the university, it will be delivered to the organizer of the program that you are attending for distribution. Items that arrive after a group's departure will be returned to the sender.

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Meals are served in Wheelock Student Center, and are automatically provided to all group members who are staying in on campus residences. If you are commuting to the program, ask your program organizer if a meal plan has been set up for your program. If not, you may pay for individual meals at the door.

The entrance is through the Diner, in the main lobby on the west side of the Wheelock Student Center building facing the plaza. On any given day, there will be various stations (or "venues") open with a number of choices. The following venues will be offered at varying times: Tomassito's Italian Station, Casa Ortega Mexican Station, Pacific Rim Asian Station, the Grille, and the Deli. Most stations will have vegetarian options in addition to choices in regular fare. There are also self-serve fresh fruit and salad bars, beverages and desserts. Meals are all-you-can-eat; however, we ask that you take one entrée only for each trip through the Diner. You are welcome to go through the Diner as many times as you wish. Food may not be taken from the dining area for health code reasons. More information on dining may be found at our Meals page.

In the past, the university assigned meal times to each program. In response to requests from our guests, we have changed our system to open up meal times to suit our guests' schedules. Breakfast is offered from 7 - 9 a.m.,lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., and dinner from 4:30 - 7 p.m. These hours go beyond the times we were customarily open in the past.

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Only those guests 21 years of age and older are permitted to consume alcoholic beverages in private rooms of residences only. Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed in lounge areas of residence halls or anywhere else outside the residence halls, except in arranged program events.

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No one may park on any residential streets near the campus. There is no charge for parking on campus or at any campus-owned residence. We ask that you park only in designated locations (those with white or unpainted curbs, and not those with red, yellow, or blue curbs). Vehicles parking in spaces designated for faculty, staff, carpool or disabled guests will be cited.

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Pets are not allowed in any buildings on campus, including residence halls. Animals that assist our disabled guests are the only exception to this policy.

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Wallace Pool, during lap and free swim hours, and the Fitness Center, during regular hours, are available to any registered guest at no charge. You may check with the Conference Services office for information on specific hours of availability. Also available are a lighted running track, indoor basketball courts and racquetball courts, and an outdoor sand volleyball court. Availability varies, so check with the Conference Services office to see when they are accessible. In addition, a limited quantity of sports equipment (including basketballs, volleyballs, frisbees, footballs, etc) is available by calling the Conference Services office. A signed waiver is required for any person who wishes to use either the Fitness Center or Wallace Pool. There is no charge to use either facility for officially registered program participants.

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Conference Services cannot receive shipments or mail for any program earlier than two weeks prior to its arrival on campus. Due to limited storage space, shipments received more than two weeks in advance may have to be returned to the sender, and a handling fee may be assessed. All requirements listed in our shipping policy must be met by shippers.

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Materials used to post or display any signs must be approved in advance by Conference Services. Our Posting & Decorating Policy outlines what materials may be used to post signs.

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Smoking is not allowed in any campus buildings, including residence hall rooms, bathrooms and lounges.

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Courtesy phones are located throughout campus; local calls may be made on these at no charge. Long distance charges may be billed to a third party.

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If you have questions about anything not addressed here, please feel free to contact the Conference Services office at 253.879.3483, or via email.