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

Parking will be available in a designated R Lot (Residential Lot) on north campus near the Edens/Higginson residence halls, and in designated C Lots (Commuter Lots) on south campus. You must purchase a parking permit to park in any of the lots. Parking enforcement is done by license plate readers, so you need to know your license plate number to complete the permit purchase.

You can obtain a parking permit in 1 of 2 ways:

  1. Purchase a permit from the nearest parking pay box in the R Lot or the C Lots when you arrive on campus. Permits are required 24/7 in the R Lot; permits are required in the C Lots during the hours of 7:30am – 4:30pm. Credit/Debit cards ONLY!
  2. Purchase a permit in advance using the Parkmobile cell phone app (note there is an additional $ .25 fee to use the app).

Summerstart participants will be sent a Parking Code in your confirmation materials after you make a reservation. This parking code can be used to secure a parking rate unique to our program. The anticipated costs for parking are $4 per day in the C Lots and $10 per day in the designated R Lot. You will also be sent a parking map in your orientation confirmation materials with specific directions to designated lots.

Save Time! Pre-Pay for Summerstart parking using the Parkmobile app! For more information about Parking Services, purchasing permits and directions to campus, please visit the Parking Services website. Visit the Parkmobile website to learn more about this app and the pay in advance option. If you have questions about permits or using the app, please contact the Parking Customer Service office at 360.650.2945.

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 Transitions 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 Transitions, 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
  • #2 pencil and photo ID for the Math Placement Test ($35 test fee will be billed to your student account after the test)
  • 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 04.24.2017