Welcome to Campus

Welcome to Campus Living at Puget Sound! We are excited to have you build a home-away-from-home as a student at Puget Sound.

Move-in dates and details will be announced shortly. Our focus is to make sure we have a safe and efficient experience for you and your family. We will update this page as soon as we can so you can begin making travel arrangements. If you are excited and want to start preparing for your trip to Tacoma, you can read more on this page.  


New Student Move-In

The August dates for move-in have not been decided yet. 

Continuing Student Move-In

Hello returning students! Stay tuned for more information about returning to campus. We miss you!

Transfer Student Move In

The August dates for move-in have not been decided yet. 

International Student Move-In

International student move-in details have not been decided yet.  Here is more information about Orientation for international students. Please contact Eowyn Greeno (egreeno@pugetsound.edu) to arrange your arrival.

Extended Details About Move-In

Continuing Student Move-In 

Continuing students can check in at the Piano Lounge next to Diversions to get your key(s) to your housing, regardless of where on campus you are living. Your card access will automatically be turned on. Please note Residence Life is unable to provide hand trucks for students to move boxes. 


Your room will be furnished with the following furniture (measurements are approximate): wardrobe (45”x51”x24”), desk (42”x24”), desk chair, drawers (22”x22”x5”), bookcase with 2 shelves (30”x16”x15”), and bed (all beds are extended-length 80" twin, except in the Langlow House, which has standard-size twin beds). Learn more about amenities for each hall.

All on-campus residences, including Greek houses, campus houses, Thomas, and traditional residence halls have free laundry, cable, and wireless internet. 


What to Pack

Have you started packing yet?  Here is a list of things you may want to consider packing:

  • A certified surge protector (make sure it’s not just a power strip!)
  • A shower caddy for your bathroom supplies and shower shoes
  • White Fun-Tac or blue painters tape (nails, tacks or tape, etc., are not allowed)
  • Hangers and stackable crates for extra storage
  • Microwaveable dishes, coffee mugs, or glasses
  • A small throw rug (rooms are not carpeted)
  • Extra-long twin sheets
  • A small reading lamp
  • An alarm clock
  • Laundry Basket and Detergent (no pods)
  • Small Fan
  • Protective Mattress cover
  • Extra storage such as stackable crates, bins, or under-bed storage
  • You might consider bringing an Ethernet cable – all rooms are wired for Ethernet and you’ll have much faster, more reliable internet service.
  • In response to COVID-19, we are also highly recommending that students bring the following: reusable face mask, thermometer, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and Tylenol.

Please leave your family pets (excluding small fish), any halogen lamps, or appliances with exposed coils (toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates) at home – these items are prohibited in our residence halls.

Microwaves and fridges are popular amongst many students, are available to rent through the Residence Hall Association on move-in day, at noon behind the Student Diversity Center (the alley between N. 15th and N. 16th). We have a limited inventory, and fridges go fast! Read more about RHA's fridge rental program.

You may choose to purchase your own mini-fridge, but be advised these units cannot be stored in our on-campus storage facilities over the summer.


Getting Involved

Campus involvement enhances your classroom learning and you will find a wide range of opportunities for developing leadership skills.  Our campus activity fair, LogJam, will take place in our backyard, Todd Field, on the first Friday of classes.  Another great opportunity to get involved is through your residence hall’s Residence Hall Association (RHA), the hall’s governing body.  The RHA board will be elected in early September, so keep an eye out for more information when you arrive on campus, or talk to your hall’s Resident Programming Advisor (RPA).  Read more about RHA, and the elections process. 



Puget Sound requires all students to live on-campus for their first two academic years with the university. Read more about the university’s residential policy.

If you have decided not to attend Puget Sound this fall, please notify Residence Life in writing as soon as possible. Failure to do so before the end of the first day of classes by 5 p.m. may result in a bill room charges for the entire fall semester.