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 Residence Hall 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. Foodservice 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

Umpqua Bank

2525 N. Proctor St.


4505 S. 19th St., Suite C

US Bank

3916 N. 26th St.

Columbia Bank

1959 S. Union Ave.

Wells Fargo Bank

3607 6th Ave.

Key Bank

3501 S. 19th St.
3917 N. 26th St.


 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

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. 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 Accommodation at 253.879.3399 or

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.