Living in Pullman and Washington

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.

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. For more exciting tips about living in Pullman and Washington, visit our City Guide.

A friendly and supportive community

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 Everett’s campus. Or, have big-school resources in a small-school environment when you attend WSU Vancouver.

Once you complete your Pathway at the Pullman location you will have the option of finishing your degree in Pullman or choosing from any of the 4 other campuses including:

Vancouver: An urban campus combines a small college feel with the resources of an internationally-respected university. WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The scenic campus is conveniently located and has close proximity to downtown Portland, shopping, and PDX International Airport. The Portland area includes a diverse population and major US emploters like Nike and Intel. Seattle is accessible by train, or a three-hour drive, while either Mt. Hood or the Pacific Coast are less than two hours away.

Spokane: This location offers degree programs that focus on health science and medical education.

Tri-Cities: A campus ideal for students in pursuit of a STEM degree. WSU Tri-Cities emphasizes the polytechnic learning-while-doing approach to educating students while focusing on the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math), business, and professional schools within the liberal arts and social sciences disciplines.

Everett: The Puget Sound campus offers bachelor's degree completion programs through the Everett University Center. WSU’s programs in Everett focus on fields that are in high demand in nearby Seattle and the North Puget Sound area like Electrical Engineering, Hospitality, Business Management and Data Analytics. STEM students can benefit from local major companies like Boeing, which maintains their largest manufacturing facility in Everett.

Popular attractions

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.

A variety of food and dining

With a productive agriculture industry surrounding Pullman, fresh ingredients are never hard to find. Local restaurants have a strong food heritage offering creative cuisine, and international foods from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and more are widely available on campus and in town. Keep a lookout for “Cougar Gold”, the WSU student-produced and award-winning cheese, on most local menus!

Shopping that fits your needs

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

Off campus, Pullman offers everything from Main Street boutiques to national superstores. Pullman retail shops offer plenty of options. And when you need a big city fix, Spokane is only 110 kilometers away and offers unique boutiques, renowned department stores and expansive shopping centers.

Social and cultural activities

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.

How to get around Pullman

It's easy to see why Pullman is ranked #6 on’s list of quintessential college towns.

Major cities to explore nearby

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.

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