Life in Bellingham

With a population of 85,000, Bellingham is a fast growing, welcoming and safe community that offers 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.

I love Bellingham because of its versatility – it really has something for everyone. I also love that Bellingham focuses on the local economy and has many locally-owned restaurants and shops downtown and in Fairhaven.
Anya Sachs
San Diego, CA

The City

From the cozy cafés of Fairhaven to the bayside parks of Downtown, Bellingham always has something to offer. Rain, shine, or overcast, Bellingham charms students with its welcoming culture and unique mix of local shops and venues.

The Outdoors

Hike, bike, ski, or backpack, Western is base camp for endless outdoor fun. From the snow line to the sea, there’s an adventure for everyone – come discover yours.

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

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.