Why Choose Western?
Some of our Perks
A comprehensive boating and windsurfing center on Lake Whatcom. Reserve a meeting space, participate in the EDGE challenge course or take a boat out for the day.
Learn from experienced staff how to climb the highest mountains and travel to the remotest locations in the Northwest. Rent gear and get resources on how to learn or participate in numerous outdoor activities.
See some of the most diverse and respected artists in the world without leaving campus at the Western Art Gallery. There are permanent and traveling collections to satisfy all tastes.
Wellness and Employee Health Resources
Resources for nutrition, fitness and more both on and off campus designed to assist employees in establishing a healthy work/life balance.
Wade King Recreation Center
Take advantage of a state-of-the-art fitness facility with unparalleled accessibility and competitive rates. Swimming, Fitness Classes, a Climbing Wall and plenty of equipment, the WKSRC is a premium facility that couldn’t be any closer to your work space. Special rates available for staff.
WWU Sustainability Resources
Learn how you and the university contribute to making our impact on the world more sustainable and how you can participate in that effort.
Receive bus passes, commuter parking information and passes and information on how to make your commute easier, more inexpensive, and better for the environment.
Cell Phone Discount
Receive discounts on your personal cell phone service through an agreement between the State and participating cell services.
Whatcom Educational Credit Union
As a state employee, you are eligible to join this credit union and take advantage of its services as a member to include surcharge free ATM’s and more.
Optional Meal Plans/Viking Dollars
Staff may purchase a Meal Plan through University Dining for a reduced rate using the Commuter Trip Plan or use Viking Dollars, which provides a 10% rebate as well as no sales tax charges on food items.
Reduced Ticket Prices for Events
Western Dance, Theater, Music, speakers and more have discounts for faculty and staff.
The Benefits Department holds an annual Flu Shot Clinic available on campus.