Housing and Dining

Make Yourself at Home

Hand lettered "Welcome to Nash" sign inside the windows of Nash Hall

Housing and Dining at WWU

Welcome to Western Washington University - your new home away from home! Our unique housing communities provide a welcoming atmosphere, where you can embrace your unique style and personality while pursuing your academic journey.

And when it comes to dining, get ready for a delicious adventure! From hearty comfort food to international flavors, our dining choices cater to all tastes and diets without compromising on quality.

Embrace the vibrant atmosphere of our campus community at Western Washington University, where every day sparks a new sense of excitement in your college adventure.

On-Campus Housing

At Western Washington University, on-campus housing reflects the spirit of our campus community. 30% percent of all undergraduates choose to live on campus, where they enjoy a dynamic and close-knit atmosphere.

While new Western students receive housing priority, University Residences also houses returning students as space allows. Learn more about housing eligibility for first-years students or for returning students.

Western also offers identity-centered housing communities, including Black Affinity Housing, Pride Housing, and Honors Housing.

The residence halls on Western's Bellingham campus consist of eight residential communities spread across three residential neighborhoods, all within walking distance of each other.

North Campus

  • Edens Hall
  • Edens North
  • Higginson Hall
  • Mathes Hall

The Ridge

  • Alma Clark Glass Hall
  • Ridgeway Alpha
  • Ridgeway Beta
  • Ridgeway Delta
  • Ridgeway Gamma
  • Ridgeway Kappa
  • Ridgeway Omega
  • Ridgeway Sigma

South Campus

  • Birnam Wood
  • Buchanan Towers
  • Buchanan Towers East
  • Fairhaven Complex


Visit the On Campus Housing website to explore residential neighborhoods, room layouts, and video tours, or learn more about new student housing applications and move-in schedules.

Off-Campus Living

Ready to say goodbye to  campus living and experience adventures off campus? Check out Western Washington University's off-campus living resources – your hub for off-campus housing listings, moving tips, and renting information. Learn the ins and outs of leases, make your commute plan, and develop a roommate agreement using our tools. Let your off-campus life begin!

Visit the Off-Campus Living website


Dining at WWU

People taking food from catering trays


Dining Services

The dining experience at Western is centered around embracing healthy lifestyles while being mindful of our impact on the environment and our community. We're big believers in the power of a nourishing meal, and aim to provide our students, faculty, staff, and visitors with delicious and wholesome offerings. Come join us and savor the goodness while supporting a brighter, more sustainable future together!

Learn more about Campus Dining

A vendor serves a student noodles outside the Viking Union.

Vendor's Row

Need a snack? Check out Vendor's Row in front of the Viking Union for some tasty eats from local food vendors!

Learn more on the Viking Union website

Campus Cafes and Markets

Choose from a full range of retail dining locations to suit your taste, budget and schedule. All cafés and markets on campus accept Dining Dollars, Viking Dollars, cash and credit cards.

View Locations and Hours


Help and Support

Three students piling on each other and laughing

On Campus Food Resources

Need food? Try these on-campus pantries for free snacks, meals and produce.


Food Resources



Swipe Out Hunger

Free meals at university dining facilities

CEED Food Pantry

Miller Hall 150

WHOLE Food Pantry

Viking Union 435 

Fairhaven Food Pantry

Main Office (3rd Floor) in Fairhaven College

Journalism Food Pantry

Communications Facility 257

Linguistics Department Food Pantry

Bond Hall 403

Outback Farm 

Free farmers’ markets happen intermittently at the Outback Farm during harvest season

Basic Needs

WWU supports students in need and provides or connects them with essential resources, on and off campus. We define basic needs as the resources that address food security, housing stability, and financial sustainability. Our Basic Needs website hosts a directory of on- and off-campus resources pertaining to food security, financial resources, legal and dispute resolution assistance, and other support services.

Visit the Office of Student Life website to find resources

Old Main, a brick building, surrounded by lush greenery.

See For Yourself

Explore our picturesque campus via an in-person visit or virtual tour. Our campus tours pair you with a current student, providing an opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into daily campus life.

Plan Your Visit