Life in Bellingham

"Bellingham has a lot of activities to be a part of – whether it's enjoying the outdoors, going to an art or music show, or just getting awesome local food with friends! I never felt that I was stuck in my dorms with nothing to do. There is always something to do around Bellingham."

— Keara, Sammamish, WA, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

Photo of Keara

Students love Bellingham. From the cozy caf├ęs of Fairhaven to the bayside parks of Downtown, Bellingham always has something to offer. Rain, shine, or overcast, Bellingham will charm you with its welcoming culture and unique mix of local shops and venues.

Hike, bike, ski, or backpack, Western is basecamp for endless outdoor fun. From the snowline to the sea, there’s an adventure for everyone — come discover yours.

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 acknowledgements, including having some of the cleanest air in the country.