Find community and connection at Western

Whether students are new to campus or just exploring new interests, friend groups or networking environments, Western has many resources, spaces and programs to help students deepen their passions, inform their personal development and find community and connection. 

Calendars and Events

Visit Western's Calendar of featured events to locate activities on campus under the following areas of interest: 

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Athletics
  • Career 
  • Education
  • Social 

WIN is your go-to resource for campus events, clubs and support services across campus! The website is mobile friendly and you can also download the Corq app for event and club information. win.wwu.edu

Student Clubs and Organizations

ASWWU is an organization designed and run by Western students that seeks to ensure a fulfilling college and academic experience for all university students through the many services, facilities and programs. as.wwu.edu

The AS Club Hub offers all Western students the opportunity to make the most of their college experience by getting involved in the over 200 clubs on campus that appeal to their interests, passions, academic pursuits, identities and/or goals for social change. as.wwu.edu/clubs

The SAIRC has four student outreach and advocacy offices located on the 7th floor of the Viking Union, including;  •Womxn’s Identity Resource Center (WIRC) supports and enables students who hold marginalized gender identities and expressions to fully and actively participate on WWU’s campus and empower students to take action for change.

•Queer Resource Center (QRC) provides safe space and resources to queer students through advocacy, community building and non-judgmental and unbiased educational programs.

•Disability Outreach Center(DOC) is a resource for students with disabilities and community allies through advocacy, community building and educational programs.

•Legal Information Center (LIC) is a confidential and non-judgmental resource for students seeking information about legislature, and their legal rights and responsibilities.

The AS Bookstore on campus is the go-to location for course materials, textbooks, classroom supplies, Western gear and gifts. See our website for current operating information. 501 High Street, 360-650-3655, bookstore.wwu.edu/

The AS Blue Resource Center (BRC) is a student-funded, student-run office that works to support and empower undocumented and mixed-status students at Western Washington University. The BRC provides peer support, a safe(r) space, educational/community-building events, direct advocacy, and connections to campus and community resources.

Viking Union 720, 360-650-6124, as.wwu.edu/sairc/blue/

The Ethnic Student Center (ESC) is a student-run organization within the AS. Established in 1991, the goal of the ESC is to help students Affirm their identity, Build a sense of community, and Cultivate leadership. The ESC is home to several diverse clubs open to students of all backgrounds. as.wwu.edu/esc

AS Lakewood

Located on beautiful Lake Whatcom, this 4,000-square-foot log facility contains a boat house, meeting lounge, and locker rooms. Over 60 watercraft, ranging from sailboards, to one-person Lasers, two-person Alphas, canoes and kayaks, Keelboats and standup paddle boards provide hours of enjoyment for the Western Community. In addition, there are picnic tables and BBQ's, hiking trails, and a Ropes Challenge Course. Beginning, intermediate, advanced and instructor sailing classes are offered through the Physical Education Department, as well as via private lessons. Lakewood is also home to the WWU Men's Crew Team and the WWU Sailing Team. 

Lakewood is located approximately 7 miles from WWU's main campus at 2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd, Bellingham, WA.

360-650-2900email, vu.wwu.edu/lakewood

Through the advocacy work of Western students, the Multicultural Center opened in 2019 and allowed for an expansion of Ethnic Student Center (ESC), the Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers (SAIRC) and programs of the Multicultural Services. Visit the website for more information, a virtual tour, or to learn more about ESC clubs, programs and resources that offer a “home away from home” for all students. 

vu.wwu.edu/mcc

The ASWWU Outdoor Center inspires discovery and community at WWU, enhancing opportunities for students and other members of the WWU community to involve themselves in outdoor recreation activities. Resources include:

  • Equipment Rentals
  • The Bike Shop
  • Excursions
  • Challenge Programming
  • Knowledgeable Staff
  • Educational Resources/Instructional Clinics

VU 150, 360-650-3112as.oc.marketing@wwu.edu, as.wwu.edu/outdoor/

 

 

 

The Outback is WWU’s 5-acre farm on south campus between Fairhaven College and Buchanan Towers. Started in 1972, the Outback is a place of experimentation, learning, reflection, advocacy, and agriculture. We feature permaculture practices and teachings and are home to community gardens, chickens, production rows, a teaching apiary, vernal pools and a delineated wetland. We’re a student-driven farm with three year-long Coordinator positions and a team of work/study students focused on growing food for the WWU community. All students are welcome to come and engage in ecosystem restoration, community building, and food justice. 

360-650-3779,  as.outback.communications@wwu.edu, fairhaven.wwu.edu/outback-farm, as.wwu.edu/esp/outback/

The Viking Union (VU) is the hub for student communities, engagement, and activities at Western Washington University. 

The Viking Union connects a dynamic and diverse campus community, providing welcoming, supportive spaces and activities that advance engagement in leadership, service, adventure and celebration.

We continually strive to enhance the Western Experience through supporting student leadership, campus involvement, creative expression, and by providing services, recreation and events in our venues. Learn more about the Viking Union's Core Beliefs

We are the home of the Associated StudentsEthnic Student CenterOffice of Student Life , Western Involvement NetworkVU LACE, Viking Outdoor Recreation, KUGS 89.3 FM, and the new Multicultural Center and so much more. 

 vu.wwu.edu

Student Services with Connective Programming

WWU Athletics

In addition to Viking athletic events, WWU hosts a variety of events in celebration of our teams, coaches and student athletes! Find schedules, rosters, tickets and much more! Go Vikings!

FOLLOW THE VIKINGS

For more information on WWU's 15 varsity sports programs, including tickets and schedules as well as Athletic internships, visit WWUVikings.com.

Fans and alumni can also track all the teams via social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @WWUAthletics.

 

Campus Rec Services provide the campus community with opportunities to become actively involved in individual or organized sports, fitness and wellness programs. The centerpiece of the department is the Wade King Student Recreation Center, which allows members to take advantage of a wide range of fitness and recreation offerings. The department also oversees WWU’s popular intramural sports programming, sport club teams and faculty/staff wellness programs. Wp.wwu.edu/campusrec

Are you interested in competing in a club sport as a WWU student? The WWU Campus Rec Center currently feature 25 active sport clubs here at WWU in a wide variety of sports and activities, so odds are we have you covered.  Visit our Active Sport Clubs Page for a listing of websites, contact information and social media pages for each team.

Contact:

LGBTQ+ Western advances the holistic thriving of diverse LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff at Western through education, connection to resources, advocacy and celebration. The LGBTQ+ Director holds weekly office hours in VU753, and the LGBTQ+ Western website shares information about LGBTQ+ student groups, on and off-campus resources for LGBTQ+ students, and opportunities to study LGBTQ+ topics.

Western Multicultural Center, VU753, 360-650-7500LGBTQ@wwu.edulgbtq.wwu.edu

There are a number of opportunities to grow or gain leadership skills as a university resident. From hall committees and councils, to event planning and community service, residents gain valuable experience while building connections within their halls and the campus community.

Visit University Residences to learn more: housing.wwu.edu/life-on-campus/student-leadership

Student Outreach Services serves first-generation, multicultural and non-traditional students and engages students in personalized academic coaching, peer mentoring and specialized programs using a global and multicultural focus to support student persistence and academic achievement. Students and academic support coordinators partner to outline steps for the achievement of personal, academic, cultural, and career goals.

360-650-7443sos@wwu.edu, sos.wwu.edu/

Prevention and Wellness Services' Wellness Advocates Program is a unique volunteer opportunity for passionate Western students who are committed to enhancing their own health and the health of Western's community. This program allows students to develop meaningful connections with peers and professional mentors as well as build a strong skill set in leadership and education that supports their academic learning and career plans.

360-650-2993pws@wwu.edu, cwc.wwu.edu/wellness-advocates 

Wellness as a community

Wellness is practiced throughout Western’s campus. For resources and information on how students can learn new wellness practices or connect with others as they continue their practice, please visit the Counseling and Wellness Center for more information about their events, workshops, and group support. To stay connected:

Old Main 540, cwc@wwu.educwc.wwu.edu/

Western’s Alumni Association strengthens Western by building strong and caring relationships that make a difference among our students, alumni, friends and the greater university community. Western’s Alumni Association not only provides meaningful connections for WWU graduates, they also assist current students with support through alumni scholarships, mentorship programs and providing valuable career contacts. alumni.wwu.edu

Western Success Scholars (WSS) is a campus-based supportive program designed to assist all incoming WWU first year, transfer and continuing students who have experienced foster care or homelessness. The program fosters academic success and a sense of community and belonging by providing a place where students can have a voice, support services and resources as they persist towards graduation.

We offer a welcoming community focused on building a safe and caring space with peers who have similar life experiences.

This is an inclusive program where all former foster youth, unaccompanied homeless youth, and students who have experienced homelessness are invited to participate and enjoy a community of support.

(360) 650-4133bortuzl@wwu.edu, wss.wwu.edu/

Academic Programs, Institutes, and Centers at WWU

Explore academic majors at Western to find student experiences within each concentrated area of study or interest, such as:

  • Academic organizations & clubs
  • Internships and scholarships
  • Research and field opportunities and institutes
  • Teams, publications, social media, field trips, and more

Western’s university-wide Academic Programs, Institutes, and Centers (APICs) exist to leverage, support, and develop connections across traditional academic boundaries. By working together to promote inclusion across disciplines, we benefit Western students, as well as on- and off-campus communities. APICs aim to inspire, build synergies for success, and strengthen each other through a collaborative and convivial culture.

Review the full selection of APICs available at Western.