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Student Experience

Find Your Place at Western Washington University

Seek out community, camaraderie, and a feeling of home at Western Washington University. Campus life in Bellingham is always invigorating, from passionate student organizations to immersive study abroad opportunities, but we also know the value of routine: you need a safe, affordable place to sleep, eat, study, and form friendships that last a lifetime.


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Housing & Dining

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Our vibrant campus is home to almost 90% of our first-year students. You’ll forge relationships in study nooks and at campus-wide events, in quick-stop cafes and all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, through niche student organizations and integrated living-learning communities—the list goes on!

We can also help you navigate off-campus living options.


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Student Clubs and Organizations

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Get the most out of your college experience through clubs and organizations that foster community, encourage your passions, and equip you as a leader of the future. Engage with arts, politics, outdoor activities, cultural immersion, service-learning, pre-professional organizations, and so much more at WWU!


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Featured Club: WWU Cold Plunge Club

Challenge yourself with exhilarating cold water plunges and join a community of adventurous spirits in WWU's Cold Plunge Club. This student group offers a unique way to invigorate your body and mind while connecting with fellow students.

Whether you're looking to step out of your comfort zone or simply meet new people, the Cold Plunge Club is the perfect place to dive in and make memories.

Listen to an audio described version of the cold plunge club video.

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The Viking Union
Student Communities

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Connect with WWU student life at the Viking Union—our central hub for community events, volunteer opportunities, adventure activities, leadership development, creative expression, and finding support for your passions, interests, and identities.


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Study Abroad

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Gain a global perspective, conduct field research, improve your language skills, establish international professional networks, engage in service-learning activities, or simply immerse yourself in another culture through WWU’s extensive study abroad program options and destinations.

Venture to China, Madagascar, Turkey, Sweden, Brazil, Costa Rica, and New Zealand—just about anywhere you can think of!


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Recreation Center

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Race around the track, go for a swim, climb a bouldering wall, or build your strength in Western’s state-of-the-art recreation center. You can join fitness classes, access personal training, or compete in intramural sports here in our home base for healthy living.

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Accessibility, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Integral to Western Washington University’s campus life is our commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion. Our policies, traditions, resources, and infrastructure are designed—and re-designed through our accountability process—to support you in being and becoming your comfortable, confident, thriving true self.


Learn about ADEI Resources for Students




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Student Resources

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New Student Resource
Prepare for Your Life at WWU!

With so many exciting experiences on the horizon, you might start to wonder: where do I begin? The Viking Resource Hub can help you navigate the ins and outs of WWU student life, get ready for your first days on campus, and find inspiration for your life and career goals!

Experience the Dynamic Student Life at Western Washington University!

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Cultivate community and make the most of your WWU experience in student clubs and organizations, during research projects and rowdy game days, and through study abroad programs.

Visit us to see for yourself how every moment at Western Washington University is an opportunity to achieve academic excellence and pursue personal growth.

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