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Location

Western Washington University (WWU) is located in Bellingham, Washington, 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The WWU campus is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and located within a mile of shopping, restaurants, businesses and recreation.

Driving Directions

If coming by car on Interstate 5, take Exit #252 (Samish Way and WWU). Turn west on Samish Way and follow the signs to Bill McDonald Parkway and WWU.

Parking

Parking on campus is limited and permits are required in core lots at all times. Conference attendees typically receive parking instructions from their event coordinators; other campus visitors should contact Parking Services for permits and map. Please note that parking rules on campus are actively enforced and violations are costly and inconvenient.

Getting to Bellingham

  • AIR: Bellingham International Airport is served by Alaska/Horizon, Allegiant, Frontier, and San Juan airlines. Ground transportation is provided by several taxi services and car rental agencies. There is no regular transit service to/from Bellingham International Airport. Taxi fare from Bellingham airport to WWU runs about $20-$25. Connection to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is provided by Airporter Shuttle, and connection to Vancouver International Airport is provided by Quick Shuttle.
  • GREYHOUND BUS: Greyhound Lines provides frequent services to Bellingham's Fairhaven Transportation Center, located about two miles from WWU, with connections to WWU provided by local transit (WTA) and several taxi services.
  • BOLTBUS: BoltBus provides frequent service to Bellingham's Cordata Station, located about six miles from WWU, with connections to WWU by local transit (WTA) and several taxi services.
  • TRAIN: Amtrak Cascades provides daily service between Bellingham and Vancouver, BC and points south to Eugene, Oregon. The Amtrak station is located at the Fairhaven Transportation Center, about two miles from WWU, with connections to WWU provided by public transit (WTA) and several taxi services.

Getting Around Bellingham

Emergency Info

Who to Call

Fire/Medical/Police:
911
University Police (Emergency):
360-650-3911
University Police (Non-Emergency):
360-650-3555
Housing Main Desk (open 24 hours):
360-389-2864
WWU Emergency Website:
emergency.wwu.edu

Evacuation Locations

Birnam Wood
Go to the nearest parking area.
Buchanan Towers
Go to the west end of the building to the tennis courts on the other side of the street.
Buchanan Towers East
Go to the west end of the building to the tennis courts on the other side of the street.
Edens Hall
Go to the big lawn on the south side of the building. Wheelchair-users exit out the second floor by room #201.
Edens North
Follow the driveway downhill and go straight into the large parking lot. (Lot 7G)
Fairhaven Complex
Go to the large gravel parking lot outside of the main entrance to the complex. (Lot 12A)
Higginson Hall

From the top floor exit ramp, follow the driveway downhill and go straight into the large parking lot. (Lot 7G)

From the ground-floor street side, follow the sidewalk to the end of the building; turn right and walk straight up into the large parking lot on the left. (Lot 7G)

From the ground-floor elevator side, walk past the dumpsters, through the small parking lot and directly into the large parking lot. (Lot 7G)

Highland Hall
Go to the main parking lot for the Ridgeway Complex. (Lot 15R)
Mathes Hall
From the front doors near the lounge, follow the sidewalk to the right, go down the stairs, and angle left into the large parking lot. (Lot 6v) From the basement exits, make your way to the parking lot below the green sport court. (Lot 4R)
Nash Hall
Go to the back of the building and make your way to the parking lot below the green sport court. (Lot 4R)
Ridgeway Alpha
Go to the main parking lot for the Ridgeway Complex. (Lot 15R)
Ridgeway Beta
Go to the Ridgeway tennis courts.
Ridgeway Delta
Go to the Ridgeway tennis courts.
Ridgeway Gamma
Go to the Ridgeway tennis courts.
Ridgeway Kappa
Go to the Ridgeway tennis courts.
Ridgeway Omega
Go to the main parking lot for the Ridgeway Complex. (Lot 15R)
Ridgeway Sigma
Go to the main parking lot for the Ridgeway Complex. (Lot 15R)

Campus Dining

  • All locations accept cash, credit cards and Viking Dollars.
  • All locations are closed on July 4 except the Viking Commons.
Viking Commons
Viking Commons (VC)
Buffet Style • Pay at the Door
Open Daily 6/22 - 8/22
  • Breakfast: 7a - 8:30a ($7.88)
  • Lunch: 11:30a - 1p ($10.41)
  • Dinner: 5:15p - 6:45p ($12.05)
VU Café
Viking Union (VU)
Open Weekdays 6/15 - 8/22
7:30a - 3p
VU Market
Viking Union (VU)
Open Weekdays 6/15 - 8/22
7:30a - 3p
Subway
Viking Union (VU)
Open Weekdays 6/15 - 8/22
7:30a - 3p
Panda Express
Viking Union (VU)
Open Weekdays 6/15 - 8/22
10:30a - 3p
Atrium POD
Arnzten Hall (AH)
  • Open Weekdays 6/24 - 8/22
    7:30a - 2p
  • Open Saturdays 8/9 & 8/16
    8:30a - 1:30p
  • Open Saturday 8/23
    8a - Noon
Atrium Starbucks
Arntzen Hall (AH)
  • Open Weekdays 6/24 - 8/22
    7:30a - 2p
  • Open Saturdays 8/9 & 8/16
    8:30a - 1:30p
  • Open Saturday 8/23
    8a - Noon

Internet

Connecting to the Internet

During your stay on campus, wireless internet is provided in your residential building. To connect to the wireless network, you must complete the following process:

  1. Select the WWUResTek-guest network from your available networks menu.
  2. Open your browser to wwu.edu in order to be redirected for account registration.
  3. Follow the provided instructions to register your account.

Need Assistance?

For immediate assistance trouble-shooting your Internet connection, call 360-389-2864 24 hours a day. If this does not resolve the issue, we may refer you to ResTek at 360-650-2946 or restek.info@restek.wwu.edu. In your voice message or email to ResTek, please include your name, phone number, and a quick description of the problem. A consultant will get back to you within 1-2 business days.