Housing and Dining
Housing and Dining
With a population of 90,665, Bellingham is a welcoming and safe community offering the advantages of a larger city and charm of a coastal town. Western students call Bellingham an adventure, a breath of fresh air, and a great place to call home.
There is no live-on requirement for Western students, but over 95 percent of our on-campus students recommend living with us. Guided by our residential curriculum, on-campus residents will progress in three major areas: inclusive community building, career preparedness and personal wellness.
Living on your own off campus is a big step into the world of adulting! Off Campus Living is here to help students learn about the ins and outs of renting, tenant rights and responsibilities, and to support commuter students on and off campus. We also help connect students living off campus to resources for commuters on campus and the WWU community.
- Finding a Place
- Off-campus Rental Listing
- Off-campus Roommate Finder
- Off-campus Rooms and Lease Takeovers
Dining at Western is a campus-wide experience, full of flexibility, convenience and value. Your student can choose from three residential dining commons options and 12 cafés and markets.
Meal Plans: Students who live on campus are required to choose a meal plan, and commuter meal plans are available for students who live off campus but may wish to dine on campus from time to time.
Dining Dollars. Loaded on your student’s Western Card, Dining Dollars work like cash at dining and retail markets. Unused Dining Dollars roll over quarter to quarter until the end of Spring Quarter.
Viking Dollars: Students do not need a meal plan to utilize Viking Dollars. Viking Dollars do not expire and work like cash at dining and retail markets. Purchases made with Viking Dollars automatically receive a 10 percent discount and sales tax exemption. Students can add Viking Dollars to their Western Cards throughout the quarter online or at cashier stations on campus.