Student Life

Life at Western begins with academics, but that’s not where it ends. Want to get involved? You’ll find no shortage of opportunities here. The Associated Students boasts more than 230 clubs, and the list of intramural sports includes dodgeball, field hockey, ping pong and about 30 others.

Perform on open mic night at the Underground Coffeehouse in the Viking Union. Compete on the debate team. Laugh along with the national champion Dead Parrots Society improv comedy troupe.

Western also holds hundreds of concerts, special lectures, stage plays and athletic events each year. Oh, and want to get involved online? Western’s Viking Village forum is the premier gathering spot for Western students, faculty and staff online.

About the Local Area

Location, Location, Location

Water, mountains, music and food – from downtown to out-of-town, Bellingham has it all! Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands lie directly to the west; Mt. Baker and the North Cascades Mountain Range are an hour to the east. Bellingham offers a vibrant urban community with a natural setting, providing outstanding entertainment, recreation and research opportunities.

Help for New Students

No matter what sort of student you are, starting out at Western can be an exciting yet challenging experience. It takes time to become familiar with Western's academic expectations, make new friends and successfully navigate an unfamiliar campus. Visit the links below, or, for in-person help, contact the New Student Services/Family Outreach office.