Community. Inspiring. Discovery!

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What is the Viking Union? What is the "VU"? The Viking Union is the hub for student communities, engagement, and activities at Western Washington University. 

The Viking Union connects a dynamic and diverse campus community, providing welcoming, supportive spaces and activities that advance engagement in leadership, service, adventure and celebration.

We continually strive to enhance the Western Experience through supporting student leadership, campus involvement, creative expression, and by providing services, recreation and events in our venues. Learn more about the Viking Union's Core Beliefs

We are the home of the Associated StudentsEthnic Student CenterWestern Involvement NetworkVU LACE, Viking Outdoor Recreation, KUGS 89.3 FM, the Multicultural Center, and so much more. 

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Welcome fellow Western community!

We welcome you to the Viking Union! We are here to help you make a lasting connection with your new community and help you along your journey at Western Washington University to create a more fulfilling and enriching experience.

-- Viking Union Staff --
Come say hello and we'll show you around!

Get Engaged!

WWU ESC student at the WA State Capitol

Get involved in the many ways you can make a difference!

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Hello! Western students are known for their passion and commitment to civic engagement and student representation! The Associated Students Office of Civic Engagement has been recognized nationally for their efforts in voter registration and they lead the state in lobbying efforts with over 200 students lobbying at the national, state, and local level. If you are interested in creating a community of civically engaged peers or if you are interested in becoming more engaged, I encourage you to attend the many educational programs, events, watch parties, and lobbying opportunities the Associated Students Office of Civic Engagement is hosting!

The Office of Civic Engagement

Get Active!

WWU Students River Rafting

Discover and explore the PNW through recreation!

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Welcome! The Outdoor Recreation experience at Western Washington University has a 40 year history of getting folks outside to explore their natural surroundings, San Juan Islands, Cascade Mountain Range, and the Canadian Wilderness. We also receive consistent national recognition from major outdoor periodicals for our programs and services for students. Our facilities range from a sailing and boating center, outdoor rental and retail center, bike shop, island property, and ropes challenge experiences.

Our excursions are designed for low expense, high learning output, and professional development through work opportunities. We strive to serve all of our community regardless of pre-existing knowledge. financial challenges, or physical ability. Give us a call!

Dr. Fred Collins
Associate Director, Student Engagement and Multicultural Programs

Get Connected!

WWU Students at Mt. Baker

Make lifelong connections and enhance your experience at Western Washington University

Casey Hayden, Assistant Director of Student Activities

Hi! Through clubs, cultural celebrations, volunteering, backpacking trips, activism, and so much more, the VU is where you’ll find YOUR place and the friends who’ll stick with you long after graduation. The communities you’ll build here will make ALL the difference, for you, for Western, and beyond.

Casey Hayden
Assistant Director of Student Activities

Events and Spaces

WWU's Viking Union

Come visit our wonderful spaces and make your events a success!

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Hey there! The Viking Union is home to hanging out, dining, meeting, and event spaces. Event Services supports Western Departments and Western Student Organizations in our rooms overlooking Bellingham Bay. Working with Student Organizations is the highlight of our work, supporting events that highlight their interests, identities, dreams and values.

Wendy Johnson
Viking Union Event Services Manager

The Viking Union is located on the north end of campus, across the street from Old Main and Wilson Library.

Exact Location

The Viking Union is open 7 days a week while school is in session. For hours, please see the Hours of Operation.

We'd love to help you with any questions about the Viking Union or Western Washington University in general. You can give us a call at 360-650-3450 or email us at vu.infodesk@wwu.edu.