Pullman, Washington

Living in Pullman and Washington

A state that has it all

Washington State University is in the Pacific Northwest of the US. It’s nestled in a landscape of gently rolling hills that is one of North America’s most productive agricultural regions. National Geographic calls the area “a paradise called the Palouse”. The Palouse region offers a variety of recreational activities year-round. There are mountains, rivers, lakes and miles of rolling hills to explore.

Throughout the state of Washington, you will be surrounded by beauty, adventure and opportunities. In Seattle, you can find an internship through Microsoft or Amazon, take in the stunning views atop the Space Needle or simply enjoy the vibrant cultural scene of this metropolitan area. Take a weekend excursion to Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier or Olympic National Park.


Come explore our college town

The town of Pullman offers unique opportunities to experience traditional American life. Join thousands of visitors at the National Lentil Festival in August, attend a major concert or immerse yourself in Native American culture at the Pah-Loots-Pu Pow Wow.

In addition to the beautiful WSU campus, Pullman has 14 public parks, miles of walking paths and plenty of trees and green spaces. It’s easy to walk, bike or take free public transit. When you walk through town, you will feel the Cougar spirit everywhere you go. You’ll see WSU flags hanging from business windows and community members dressed in the university’s crimson and gray colors.

All these reasons are why Pullman is ranked #6 on MSN.com’s list of quintessential college towns.

Choose your WSU experience

With five campuses, you can choose to study almost anywhere in the state of Washington after you complete your Pathway or English language program.

Pursue your health sciences goals at WSU Spokane. Focus on STEM disciplines when you finish your degree at WSU Tri-Cities. Complete your bachelor’s degree in engineering, communications or hospitality on WSU North Puget Sound at Everett’s campus. Or, have big-school resources in a small-school environment when you attend WSU Vancouver


More to do

Shopping

The Bookie is your one-stop shop on campus for books, school supplies, gifts and Cougar merchandise.

Off campus you will find Main Street boutiques to national superstores. Pullman retail shops offer plenty of options. And when you need a big city fix, Spokane is only about an hour away and offers unique boutiques, renowned department stores and expansive shopping centers.

Eating out

With a productive agriculture industry surrounding Pullman, fresh ingredients are never hard to find. Local restaurants have a strong food heritage offering creative cuisine. Keep a lookout for “Cougar Gold”, student produced, award winning cheeses, on most menus!

Culture

University students make up 65% of Pullman’s population; 7% of those students are international and over one-third of students identify as ethnic minorities. The diverse student population creates a vibrant and multicultural town where you can enjoy festivals, concerts, theater performances and much more.

Weather and dress

Pullman experiences all four seasons, but owing to the protective nature of the Cascade Mountain Range to its west, clear skies occur regularly throughout the year and rainfall is less frequent in comparison to other cities in Washington. Average temperatures are 28°C in the summer and -3°C in winter. Average annual rainfall is 53cm and average snowfall is 66cm.

Since Pullman’s climate is varied, you will need clothing for all seasons. Don’t worry, you can shop for the appropriate clothes when you arrive. Most students at WSU dress casually, but remember to bring one semi-formal outfit.

Adel Yafi, Civil Engineering
"Pullman is different. I didn’t feel like a stranger when I came here. There is a healthy connection between the students and the institution." Adel Yafi, Civil Engineering Homs, Syria
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