Student Life

Just do you.

There is a place for everyone on our beautiful 97-acre residential campus—and so much room to explore. Between the DIY ethos of Tacoma maker spaces and the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest, there are endless opportunities to find your passion here. Whatever piques your interest, Puget Sound cultivates a challenging and supportive environment for self-discovery and connection.

On campus

Shout your school spirit at Baker Stadium, get spooked at the Hack, Hack, Chop, Chop horror film festival, and be uplifted at a music performance by your talented peers. For creative inspiration, visit Kittredge Gallery and the Slater Museum of Natural History, then drop by the Maker Space in Collins Library to bring your ideas into 3D. There are so many opportunities to get involved, from KUPS radio and ASUPS student government to the Adelphian Concert Choir, biannual theatre productions, and dozens of student-run clubs devoted to cultural identity, club sports, social justice, environmental activism, community service, and more.

You can choose to live in one of our many themed houses on Lawrence Street, or mix it up in our beautiful suite-style residences with ivy growing along brick walls. When you need a study break, you can work out at the newly renovated Athletic Center complete with Olympic-size heated pool and outdoor track, or venture out to rent a kayak, ride your bike, or train for the annual Sound to Narrows 5K. When it’s time for a snack, you can stock your tray with a variety of cuisines at the SUB, grab a latte at Diversions or Oppenheimer cafés, or grab a slice at the Cellar, a student-run pizza joint on campus.

Around town

Once known as Seattle’s gritty little sister, with the factories on the Tideflats and the ships in the port, Tacoma is now a cleaner, greener, up-and-coming city with a culturally and economically diverse community and a down-to-earth vibe. We also have 46 miles of shoreline and unbelievable views of Mount Rainier from pretty much anywhere.

Downtown Tacoma has a thriving museum and theatre district, while 6th Ave and the Hilltop district offer great coffee, live music, and the best Vietnamese pho around. There is a plethora of locally owned galleries, restaurants, food trucks, and pop-up shops to visit. In fact, the recent influx of makers and artisans scored Tacoma the designation of Etsy Maker City in 2016. Tacoma is also home to Point Defiance, a 760-acre park with miles of forest trails, beaches, and incredible views.

In 2018, Sunset Magazine named Tacoma the Best Place to Live in the Northwest. We couldn’t agree more. We love our community, and we are big into giving back—from building tiny houses for the homeless to tutoring kids in local public schools.

And beyond

Our strong relationships with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and scientific research stations help connect our students to dynamic internships and summer research opportunities. Our proximity to Seattle tech companies and business startups gives students access to internships and jobs in fast-growing sectors. And our location in the Pacific Northwest offers unparalleled opportunities for rainforest and oceanic research, wilderness adventure, and connection to the Pacific Rim.

Puget Sound is a place where independent, creative thinkers converge. Here you’ll find people who are striving for excellence, advocating for justice, and creating their own paths—all in service of making a better world.