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There are many ways to get to WWU. We encourage alternative transportation to reduce the strain on the environment and limited parking accommodations. This also lets you enjoy views of the bay and Bellingham's notorious greenery a little more on your way here.


Our Campus Map shows many features such as bus stops, bike racks, walking trails and dining locations (click the Features button to see) as well as building and parking lot information. Be sure to peruse our outdoor University Public Art Collection while you're here!


For disability accommodations, contact the box office at (360) 650-6146 or email for specific information. The interactive Campus Map shows accessibility routes on campus (click the Features button to see), and our interactive Campus Accessibility Map shows even more detailed information. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found on Western's Disability Resources website.


If you decide to drive

Please consider carpooling. You may request a Visitor's Parking Permit at the Visitor's Center, use the Lincoln Creek Park & Ride (order a permit online, bus fare is $1), or use parking lots C and 6V. Note that High Street in front of the Performing Arts Center and Viking Union is closed to all but transit and state vehicles while school is in session (includes evenings). Order a parking permit online.

Visitors may park at the Visitor's Center, lot C, and lot 6V without a permit. These parking lots use Pay Stations. Generally pay station rates are $2 on weekdays from 7am - 4:30pm, and $1 on weekends and evenings. Parking in the C lots is free on weekends and evenings.

Highlighted in the maps below are pay station locations, disability accessibility (blue dashed lines), and outdoor sculptures (stars). To view more features such as bike rack locations, bus stops, and dining services, see the full Campus Map.


Lot 6V Parking (shown in red)

Located next to the Viking Union, this is the closest parking to the Performing Arts Center. Access this parking lot via N. Garden Street. The easiest way to get to the main campus level from here (where the VU dining services, the PAC, and High Street are located) is to take the elevator from the parking lot level to floor 6.

Parking at WWU Viking Union



C Lot Parking (shown in orange)

On the south end of campus, the C lots are the largest university parking lots available. Parking in the C lots is free on weekends and weekday evenings! If your destination is in the center or north end of campus, please allow yourself at least 15-20 minutes to get from your car to your destination. Though it is a bit of a walk, the parking is cheap or free and finding a parking spot here is easy. WTA buses also stop here frequently so you can shuttle across campus without spending much time on your feet!

C lot parking



Visitor's Center

Park at the Visitor's Center (parking lot shown in red) if you plan to get a parking permit or need information. Campus Services can answer all your questions about parking and visiting campus. The Visitor's Center is located at the south end of campus, just south of the C lots. View the Campus Map to see how to get here.

Visitor's Center