Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the VU and AS facilities and services?

All members of the Western Washington University community, including Whatcom Community College and Northwest Indian College, are invited to avail themselves of these various facilities and services. Some restrictions may apply.

When is the Viking Union open?

The VU's hours when school is in session are:

  • Monday through Thursday....7am - 10pm
  • Friday...............................7am - 11pm
  • Saturday...........................9am - 11pm
  • Sunday............................10am - 10pm

During intersessions, the hours are 8 am - 5 pm, M-F.

Summer hours when school is in session are: 7:00 am to 5 pm, M - F.

How can I find out what events are happening?

The Viking Union Information Desk (360-650-3120) maintains schedules of events on campus; including, but not limited to, athletic events, movies, concerts, colloquium, dances, etc. There is an online calendar of events.

How do I find available on-campus jobs?

The Associated Students Personnel Office (VU 505) maintains a listing of available jobs within its organization. The Student Employment Center (OM-285) maintains job descriptions and existing openings for students both on and off campus. The University's Human Resources Department Administrative Center B, 405 32nd Street, 3rd Floor) maintains a listing of full- and part-time staff positions available on campus.

How can I reserve a meeting room on campus?

All student organizations and programs may reserve space in both the Union and other facilities on campus through the Viking Union Reservations Office (360-650-6131).

University Departments must reserve space in the Union or Lakewood by contacting VU Reservations or, elsewhere on campus, by contacting Classroom Scheduling/Registrar's Office (360-650-3758).

What are the rules regarding posting on campus?

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How do I get things posted on campus?

See Posting Guidelines

How do I start a student club?

The Associated Students provide for recognition of student clubs and organizations. For information regarding how to form an Associated Students Club or Organization visit the AS Clubs website.

How do I run for an AS political office?

Student elections are held Monday through Friday of the last full week of April each year. Prior to that time, the Election Coordinator will ensure that appropriate advertising concerning how to run for office is made available to the campus community. During the filing period, candidates may pick up a candidate's packet which includes: the Election Code, job description for the position sought, registration form, complaint form, petition form, and financial statement. Visit the AS Elections site for details.

How do I get involved in campus activities?

The Viking Union Administrative Office (VU 547) maintains a list of all active campus organizations, provides information for seeking Associated Students recognition of organizations and clubs, and can direct you to other information sources.

What is required for selling on Vendor's Row?

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Where's Lakewood?

Located on the south shore of Lake Whatcom, at 2035 Lake Whatcom Blvd., the Lakewood Watersports Facility is approximately eight miles from Western's Main Campus via Chestnut Street, Lakeway Drive, and Lake Whatcom Blvd. Over 60 watercraft, ranging from sailboards, to one-person Lasers, two-person Alphas, rowboats, canoes and kayaks provide hours of enjoyment for the Western Community. In addition, the site has a sand volleyball court, picnic tables and BBQ's, hiking trails, and a Ropes Challenge Course. Beginning, intermediate, advanced and instructor sailing classes are offered through the Physical Education Department, as well as via private lessons. Western's Crew program is also located here.

Where's Viqueen Lodge?

Reached via private or chartered boat, seaplane or the summer foot ferry, Viqueen Lodge is located on Sinclair Island near the San Juan Islands. The Lodge is approximately 45 minutes from Bellingham or Anacortes. Extensive beach walks, interior island dirt roads ideal for mountain biking, salmon fishing and just being lazy highlight the activities at this popular facility. The rustic atmosphere, with no electricity, is softened by propane lights, stove, and fridge, as well as an air-tight wood stove for heating.