Western Washington University is located in Bellingham at the northwest corner of the state, 50 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. and 90 miles north of Seattle.
Options for getting to campus include:
WWU campus is located within a mile of the Bellingham Central Business District and is surrounded by friendly residential neighborhoods. The campus is accessible via trails and extensive sidewalk network through the neighborhoods.
Walking is the cheapest way to go, and for some trips of less than a mile, walking can be as fast as driving, parking and walking.
Bellingham is recognized as a silver level Bicycle-Friendly City by the League of American Cyclists. WWU is accessible by bike on the street system, and every city bus is equipped with a rack that will carry up to three bikes. There are over 900 bike parking spaces throughout the academic core of campus. Bikes must be walked in some on-campus areas, speeds are restricted on campus, and pedestrians always have the right of way on campus walkways and plazas.
More biking information here.
Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) serves WWU with convenient multiple routes Monday-Saturday and limited Sunday service. Routes serving Western connect with other routes at the Downtown Bellingham Transit Station. Western is on the WTA BLUE Line, with buses stopping every 15 minutes on weekdays, between Bill McDonald/Samish Way and Downtown, via WWU. The GREEN, GOLD, and RED Lines connect with the Downtown Bellingham Station, which means you can get from other parts of town to WWU with just one transfer. Service from other parts of Whatcom county including Blaine and Ferndale make it easy and inexpensive to get to WWU by bus, and the buses drop you off and pick you up in the center of campus!
Some buses (90A, 90B) run only when WWU is in session, see the WTA website for more details.
Regional Public Transit
The 80X express bus service between Bellingham and Skagit Station in Mount Vernon links WWU to the Puget Sound region via public transit bus, light rail and ferry. More information at "Connections" and on the Local & Regional Travel page.
Greyhound provides frequent service to Bellingham's Fairhaven Transportation Center, located about 2 miles from WWU, with connections to WWU provided by WTA and several Taxi services. Click here to download WTA bus directions from the Fairhaven Transportation Center to campus. Taxi fare from Fairhaven Station to WWU runs about $7.00.
When approaching Bellingham from the north or south on Interstate 5, take Exit #252, marked Samish Way and WWU. Turn west onto Samish Way and follow the signs to Bill McDonald Parkway and the University campus.
For parking information, call (360) 650-2945or stop at the Visitor Information Kiosk at the Campus Services building on campus. Visitor Parking information can also be found on the Parking Services website or by clicking this link.
Parking on campus is limited especially on weekdays, and permits are required for parking in core lots at all times. Accessible parking for persons with disabilities is always available. Contact Parking Services for details and assistance.
Lincoln Creek Transportation Center (LCTC)
The Lincoln Creek Transit Center Park & Ride connects with WWU via WTA buses, serving multiple stops on campus, including the academic core. LCTC is located on Lincoln St., east of I-5, just north of exit 252. Coming from southbound I-5, turn left onto Samish, left again onto Lincoln, and right into the LCTC parking area. Coming from northbound I-5, turn left onto Samish and proceed north to the parking area. Parking is free at LCTC, with WTA bus service to WWU year-round. Use your bus pass or pay the cash fare. Service runs every 10-12 minutes on weekdays when WWU is in session, every 30 minutes year-round. WTA routes 190, 90A&B, 196/197 and 80X serve LCTC. The Western Student Late Night shuttle also serves LCTC when WWU is in session (not including summer quarter).
Amtrak Cascades provides daily service between Bellingham, Vancouver BC and points south to Eugene, Oregon. The Amtrak station is located at the Fairhaven Transportation Center, about 2 miles from WWU, with connections to WWU provided by WTA and several taxi services. Click here to download WTA bus directions from the Fairhaven Transportation Center to campus.
Taxi fare from Fairhaven Station to WWU runs about $7.00.
Bellingham International Airport is served by Alaska, Allegiant, Horizon, Frontier, and San Juan airlines. Ground transportation is provided by several taxi services and several 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; connection to Vancouver International Airport is provided by Quick Shuttle.
Bellingham has several taxi services including:
- AAA Taxi 360-676-8300
- Blue Cab 360-734-3787
- NW Town Car Service 360-220-0207
- Yellow Cab 360-733-TAXI / 800-281-5430
Taxi fare from Fairhaven Transportation Center to WWU is about $7.00.
Taxi fare from the airport to WWU is about $20-$25 (there is no regular bus transit service to/from Bellingham Airport).
Student Tip: share a taxi ride and split the fare.