Life in Bellingham

With a population of 89,000, 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.

A map of Washington with Bellingham, Seattle, Vancouver BC and other major cities highlighted

The City

From cozy cafes to bayside parks, Bellingham charms students with its welcoming culture and unique mix of local shops and venues.

An aerial shot of Bellingham

The Outdoors

Hike, bike, ski, kayak, or backpack, Western is base camp for endless outdoor fun.

The Boulevard Park Boardwalk at sunset

The Community

From participating in internships or serving up locally-roasted coffee, to serving as mayor, Western students and graduates are a huge part of what makes Bellingham special. And Bellingham offers students an ideal community in which to learn, with world-class events and an impressive list of acknowledgments, including having some of the cleanest air in the country.

A couple at Downtown Sounds

See Bellingham In Real Life

Get to know Bellingham first-hand! Sign up for a tour or program, connect with our community and campus, and take in all the natural beauty that surrounds Western year-round.