Parking & Directions

We invite you to visit Western Washington University's beautiful campus in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham, a city of 80,000, is located 59 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle. The campus overlooks Bellingham Bay and is an hour drive from the snow-capped Cascade Mountains.

Driving directions to the campus services building

2001 Bill McDonald Parkway | Bellingham, WA 98225

From the south:
From Interstate 5, take exit 252.
Turn left off the ramp onto S. Samish Way.
Turn left at the stop light onto N. Samish Way.
Stay in the left lane and go over the freeway.
At the second light, turn left onto Bill McDonald Parkway/Byron Avenue – there will be a Wendy's and a 76 Station on your left.
Drive on Bill McDonald Parkway for just over 1 mile and continue straight through two stop lights (you will still be on the Bill McDonald Parkway).
The Campus Services Building will be the first building on the right after the intersection
From the north:
From Interstate 5 going south, take exit 252 and get in the right lane.
Turn right off the ramp onto N. Samish Way, and get into the left lane.
At the next light, turn left onto Bill McDonald Parkway/Byron Avenue - there will be a Wendy's and a 76 Station on your left.
Drive on Bill McDonald Parkway for just over 1 mile and continue straight through two stop lights (you will still be on the Bill McDonald Parkway).
The Campus Services Building will be the first building on the right after the intersection

Visitor information kiosk (Campus Services Building)

A campus map and parking information are available from Campus Services.

Campus Services is open from 7:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. During times when Campus Services is closed, visitors may park and explore the campus on their own, although many offices and academic departments may be closed or unavailable, and many campus facilities may have reduced hours. Please visit the Parking Services website prior to your arrival to obtain information on parking during weekends, holidays and after normal business hours. We also encourage visitors who would like to come on weekends to register for one of our Saturday tour options.

After visiting campus, you might want to check out the surrounding area. Downtown Bellingham is just a five minutes drive down the hill, to the north.

For an alternate route home south, take the Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway. Chuckanut Drive begins in south Bellingham and follows the breathtaking Puget Sound coastline, rejoining I-5 near Mount Vernon.

Parking information

Special parking fee arrangements may be available to visiting prospective students and their families, and are administered by the Campus Services Center. For a parking map and more information, see the Parking Services website, or call (360) 650-2945.

Other travel options

Bellingham International Airport

Allegiant Air - www.allegiantair.com
Alaska/Horizon Airlines - www.alaskaair.com

Greyhound (800) 231-2222

From Bellingham to downtown Seattle and Vancouver BC. Refer to www.greyhound.com for student discounts.

County Bus (360) 676-7433

Bellingham/Whatcom County bus system via Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA). Bus schedules available online at www.ridewta.com.

Car Rentals

Avis - (800) 230-4898
Enterprise - (800) 261-7331
Hertz - (800) 654-3131

Airporter Shuttle (866) 235-5247

Shuttle service from Sea-Tac International Airport (100 mi. south of Bellingham).

Quick Shuttle (800) 665-2122

Shuttle service from Vancouver International Airport (50 mi. north of Bellingham).
Taxicabs (local)
Yellow Cab - (800) 281-5430

Train (800) 872-7245

Amtrak departs from Fairhaven (south Bellingham) traveling south through Seattle and north through Vancouver, BC. Refer to www.amtrak.com for student discounts.

Alaska Ferry (800) 382-9229

Departs from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and travels via Alaska's Inside Passage.