The Last Details

This page is here to help you with all of those last minute details you'll want to know about before arriving in August.

Your Dorm Room 

Student rooms are furnished with an extended-length twin bed, a chest of drawers, bookcase, desk, desk chair, and closet space for each resident of the room. You will need to bring a pillow, sheets*, blankets, a comforter, study lamp, clothes hangers, towels, washcloths, and other personal items. No linen service is provided.

Coin-operated washers and dryers are available in each residence hall. You need to bring your own iron.

*Bed Linens: To purchase linens for your extra-long twin bed, you can visit the Puget Sound-approved vendor’s website.

Getting to Know Campus

Meals are served in Wheelock Student Center seven days a week. Food service is not available during Thanksgiving or winter holidays, and hours are reduced during spring break.

In addition The Cellar, a popular student-run pizzeria, and Diversions Cafe are located in Wheelock Student Center and serve food items from midmorning until late evening. Oppenheimer Cafe, in Brown Family Courtyard between Harned and Thompson halls, offers coffees, teas, pastries, salads, and wraps from early morning to midday.

Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS) is located on the second floor of Wheelock Student Center and is open Monday through Friday. Health care providers, a physician, a psychiatrist, counselors, and psychologists see students for a variety of medical and emotional concerns.

Mail Services is located in the basement of Wheelock Student Center. The Mail Services window is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and only accepts cash.

Cars are welcome on campus. Students who wish to park a vehicle on campus must register with Security Services. Vehicle registration is available through your Cascade Web account. Parking permits may be picked up at Security Services Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., one business day after completing the online registration. Be sure to bring valid university student identification to claim your permit.

Opening a Bank Account
If you wish to open a bank account before arriving on campus, the following banks are in close proximity to campus. Often banks offer special banking rates for Puget Sound students.

Bank of America
3408 S. 23rd St., Suite 1
253.305.3000

Umpqua Bank
2525 N. Proctor St.
253.926.4040

Chase
4505 S. 19th St., Suite C
253.759.6615

US Bank
3916 N. 26th St.
253.752.7786

Columbia Bank
1959 S. Union Ave.
253.627.6909

Wells Fargo Bank
3607 6th Ave.
253.752.2340

Key Bank
3501 S. 19th St.
253.593.3817
or
3917 N. 26th St.
253.593.3745

 

On-campus Computing

Are you ready to connect? Learn more about campus network access and download the free anti-virus software provided by Puget Sound on the Techonolgy Services website. For assistance contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or servicedesk@pugetsound.edu.

Working on Campus

If you will be working on campus, don't forget to pack your documents! Bring an original document of identification (passport, Social Security card, birth certificate, or other acceptable document). With this in hand, visit the Work-Study Employment Table on check-in day to complete the Federal I-9 and W-4 forms, plus a Payroll Direct Deposit form. To set up direct deposit of your paychecks, you’ll need to bring routing and account numbers from your financial institution. 

Accessibility & Accommodation 

Students with disabilities may receive support service through the coordinator of Student Accessibility and Accommodation, located in the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, in Howarth Hall. Services are provided on an individual and confidential basis, as is appropriate.

To receive support services, a student must declare a disability, provide documentation, and request service. For further information contact Student Accessibility and Accomodation at 253.879.3395 or saa@pugetsound.edu.

This voluntary self-identification allows Puget Sound to analyze support services needed to facilitate your learning. This information will be kept in strict confidence and has no effect on your enrollment at the college.

Puget Sound Traditions
Orientation is just the beginning of many Puget Sound events and activities involving students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. All students are encouraged to learn about and embrace the college’s history by participating in our official (and unofficial) traditions, some of which date back decades.

 

Can I ship my stuff to campus?

Yes! After you submit your deposit, you'll be assigned a campus mailbox number (you can find it in  your Cascade account). Just ship your things to the following address and they'll be available to pick up when you arrive.

Your Name
University of Puget Sound
#### Wheelock Student Center
Tacoma, WA   98416

Note:#### is your mailbox number. 

Parking Permits

On August 18 look for the Vehicle Registration link in your Cascade Web menu. Use the link to sign up for your parking permit.