Campus Living

Our seven on-campus residence halls, as well as on- and off-campus apartment complexes, are offered for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and further divided by gender. Each residence hall is staffed with a full-time resident director (RD), and a committed team of student resident assistants (RAs) who live and work on-site to make residential life enjoyable, healthy, and safe.

In addition to your academics, we want you to feel successful and supported in all areas of your life. All students — whether living on- or off-campus — have access to a number of services, centers, and spaces catered to your every need and to help you feel more at home and plugged into your campus community.

What to Bring

You don’t need to bring your own toilet paper. But be sure to pack fitted sheets and your favorite pillow. For the complete list of what will be in your room when you get here, what not to bring, and what we suggest based on hundreds of move-ins, download the What-to-Bring List.

Two students study in their Nease Hall dorm room.

Meet Your Residential Life Staff

Get to know your hall's Residential Director (RD) and the people committed to making dorm life fun and safe. Feel free to also send any questions as you prepare your move to campus.

Campus Tours 360 degrees of dorm rooms

360º and Live Campus Tours

Take an inside look at your future dorm and favorite spots on campus through this video playlist of student-led and 360º VR campus tours. 

Klassen (incoming freshmen men and women)
Hendricks (incoming freshmen men and women)
Nease (incoming freshmen men and women)
Goodwin (transfer men and women)

Incoming Freshmen Residence Halls


Young (sophomore and junior men and women)
The exterior of Wiley Halls two buildings with joined entryway.
Wiley (sophomore and junior men)
The center courtyard of Finch Hall with palm trees and grassy lounging space.
Finch (sophomore and junior women)
Flex Housing (junior and senior men and women)
Street view of Colony Apartments
Colony Apartments (junior and senior men and women)

Other Residence Halls


Students drinking coffee at Bobby B's on campus.
Dining options are available to students through PLNU's Dining Hall, Points Break Cafe, Bobby B's Coffee Company, and Breakers Market.
Ryan Library stacks at sunset
Students living on and off campus have free, unlimited access to PLNU's Ryan Library, as well as its research staff and resources.
Silhouette of student surfer at sunset.
The Wellness Center focuses on emotional and physical health, as well as preventive health education, by providing an array of services to undergraduate students at PLNU.
A PLNU public safety officer greets an incoming vehicle on campus.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) operates 24 hours a day to foster a safe learning, working, and living environment for all members of the PLNU community.
A student canoes up the Colorado River during a fall break trip.
The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) is the one-stop space for students to hang out with ping pong, billiards, and large-screen TVs, as well as attend weekly events, and access camping equipment, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and other outdoor gear.
Yoga class overlooking ocean on campus.
Students have access to a number of athletic, fitness, and recreation facilities including Golden Gymnasium, basketball courts, weight room, aerobics center, tennis courts, track and soccer field, volleyball courts, indoor rock wall, and Carrol B. Land baseball stadium, also known as America's Most Scenic Ballpark.
Students at MOSAIC event
The MOSAIC Lounge is a hub that serves as a comfortable and safe space for international students and students of diversity to study, relax, and host club meetings and events.
Students hanging out and studying at Commuter Lounge.
The Commuter and Veteran Commons is a designated lounge where commuting students and students affiliated with the military can study, relax, and take a break between classes while on campus.

Key Facilities


Things to do in and around San Diego

Ranked in the top three college locations in California, and top 20 nationwide, PLNU is located just minutes away from the heart of downtown San Diego, one of the most active and eclectic major cities in the U.S. 

While there are plenty of activities and events to keep you busy on-campus, the surrounding city, mountains, and desert give you even more opportunities for adventure. And with close proximity to the Mexican border, PLNU students have unique access to a rich cross-cultural environment.

On a hike in Julian, Calif., a student takes a moment to appreciate the beauty.

Hiking Recommendation Map

From Cowles Mountain’s never-ending view across the city to the picturesque views and cool ocean breeze of Sunset Cliffs or Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, there are hiking spots for someone of every difficulty level.

Campus Shuttle bus

Shuttle and Zipcar Services

PLNU offers off-campus shuttle services for easy access to hotspots around San Diego, as well as a partnership with Zipcar rentals for your own independent travels.