Get to Know Your Western Resources

Lorin Lindell

Too often as students we are so focused in on classes and course work that we overlook the other resources that Western has to over. Resources that are available to assist and enhance our college experience. Students have access to several different organizations around campus that are there to help you succeed and here are a few to start.

Student Life

AS Resource and Outreach Programs

Associated Students of Western Washington is here to help ensure students have a great college experience. AS offers a number of programs, services and facilities that are here to help you get more involved with the Western community and help give a voice to the student population.  There is something for everyone; from AS Governance, programs like Environment & Sustainability and Ethnic Student Center to Western’s Radio station KUGs.

A large crowd gathers in the lawn in front of a stage, ready to hear a concert at LawnStock, WWU’s personal concern series
Every spring AS students help host LawnStock, WWU’s personal concern series.


Office of Student Life

If you’re looking for advice on missing class for a non-medical emergency or to learn more about university policies and resources, check out the Office of Student Life located in the Viking Union room 547.

Getting Outside:

Outdoor Center

The Outdoor Center is one of the many extensions the Associated Students of Western. The Outdoor Center is located in Viking Union room 150 and is open to students, faculty and alumni. The Center offers a variety of rentals including kayaks, skis, snowboards, bikes, tents, hammocks and more. It’s your one stop shop for all your outdoor needs! On top of that, the Outdoor Center also hosts a number of excursions throughout the quarter from weekly yoga classes to bike series to day and night hikes at Mt. Baker.


Did you know that Western has a boathouse on Lake Whatcom where Western students, facility and alumni can gain access to over 60 different watercrafts? If you’re interested in renting canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, or sailboats this is where to go. Lakewood  also offers a number of classes and courses, which you can register for through Western’s Physical Education programs. Either way students should consider heading out to Lakewood to check out the site, explore the hiking trails, or enjoy the ropes challenge course. For fall quarter hours or to learn more about Lakewood’s resources check out their official website.

At WWUs outdoor Center, students have access to tools. One student stands in front a bike on a stand, fixing it.

Fix your bike up at the Outdoor Center before hitting the trails.

Staying Healthy

Student Health Center

If you find yourself coming down with a cold you may want to consider checking out the Student Health Center. You can find them on the second floor of the Campus Services building which is on the south side of campus. The health center has a variety of resources and is able to prescribe medication, treat injuries and run lab tests. This is also a great resource for anyone who has health-related questions or is looking for answers to questions regarding health care and what their insurance covers.

Counseling Center

Western’s Counseling Center is on a mission to help students. This is a free resource to students and has helped assist students with anxiety, depression, body image, identity and relationship problems. The Center is also a great resource for students who are struggling with time management, low motivation, or test anxiety. The Counseling Center has strict confidentiality rules and is here to help. Mental health is very important and just as important as your physical health.

A WesternCares sticker with a lollipop is attached to the side of a shelf of books in the library.

Student Success

Academic Technology and User Services (ATUS) and Hacherl Research & Writing Studio

Academic Technology is here to help students with all their technology needs. If you have technical questions or looking to rent equipment for a project, stop by Haggard Hall 123. Western students have access to a number of computer programs and services to help with projects, check out ATUS to learn about all the technology student perks.

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio is here to assist students with research and writing for all subjects. If you are unable to meet in person, you can connect with someone online. For those who are interested in stopping by, the Studio is located on the second floor of Haggard Hall.

Tutoring Center

Struggling with a class? Head over to Wilson Library 280. The Tutoring Center is a free resource that is here to help students succeed in all their classes. They even offer drop-in tutoring for Math and Science GUR classes, as well as, tutor-facilitated study groups. This is also a great place to go for access to calculators and textbooks.

student walking in front of the steps of Old Main, while the trees are in full spring bloom

Education Abroad

Studying abroad can be an amazing experience. If you are interested in learning more about Western’s study abroad program and all the amazing locations you can go to, head to Miller Hall room 208. Education Abroad works to help all students feel like they are able to travel. Head in to ask about deadlines and locations that are most compatible with your major. It is never too early to plan a trip.

Student Employment Center

This is a free resource for Western students who are looking to pick up a part-time job while also going to school! Experience is just as important as education and it is never too early to start exploring career options. The Student Employment Center  not only posts jobs around campus they also offer a variety of off-campus jobs. This is a great resource for asking questions about jobs or reporting any concerns you may have with your current employer.

Learn more about all Western’s Resources.