Directions & Accommodations


  • From Interstate-5, take exit 252: Samish Way/WWU
  • Follow WWU direction signs to Bill McDonald Parkway (left off Samish Way) and left over Interstate-5


Summerstart Map

Printable Campus Map         Campus Accessibility Map

Summerstart Parking (discounted rate) is available in the C Lots (Commuter Lots) on the south side of campus. Parking on north campus near the Edens/Higginson residence halls (lot 7G and lot 3R Residential Lot) is available at the regular daily parking rate. You must purchase a parking permit to park on campus. Parking enforcement is by license plate reader. To avoid a citation, you must enter your license plate number accurately when completing your permit purchase.

You obtain a parking permit by one of the following options:

  1. When you arrive on campus, purchase a permit from the parking pay station in the C Lot or the 3R/7G Lots. Credit/Debit cards ONLY!
  2. Purchase a permit the day of your orientation session in the C Lot or the 3R/7G Lots using the Parkmobile app (note there is an additional $.025 fee to use the app).
  3. PARKING CODES: On the parking pay station, you may be presented with a menu of events to choose from, and our event is labeled TRANS/SSTART (you may have to scroll the menu). Summerstart participants will receive email and printed confirmation materials that include special parking codes to use to receive the discounted rate.

Save Time! Pay for Summerstart parking using the Parkmobile app!
Visit the Parkmobile website to learn more about the app and how you can set up an account to pay for your permit the day of your orientation session. If you have questions about permits, please contact the Student Business Office at 360.650.2945. For more information about Parking Services and directions to campus, please visit the Parking Services website.

Construction Notes!

Construction to upgrade and pave the final portion of the C Lots will occur this summer. Your confirmation materials will include a map with specific directions to parking lots designated for Summerstart participants. Thank you in advance for your patience!

Local Accommodations

While we encourage you to stay overnight on campus by participating in our Overnight Program, you may prefer accommodations in the greater Bellingham area. For a list of accommodations near Western, visit Admissions' Local Accommodations webpage!

Disability Accommodations

If you or someone in your party requires special accommodations at Summerstart, please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at 360.650.3846 prior to your arrival to campus.  For more information about special accommodations at Western, contact disAbility Resources in Old Main 120 or by email at or by phone at 360.650.3083.

Items to Bring

  • Your confirmation packet checklist
  • Valid photo ID
  • Your Universal Account username and password
  • A copy of any unofficial college transcripts including proof of registration for any in-progress courses
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
  • A raincoat or umbrella
  • A pen and notepad

Page Updated 11.22.2017