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

Check out our campuses:

WSU Pullman

Pullman is home to WSU's first and largest campus. It offers the widest range of degree programs and research opportunities.

WSU North Puget Sound at Everett

WSU North Puget Sound 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.

WSU Spokane

Located near the medical district of Washington’s second-largest city, WSU Spokane offers degree programs that focus on health science and medical education.

WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities emphasizes the polytechnic  learning-while-doing approach to educating students while focusing on the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) and professional schools within the liberal arts and social sciences disciplines.

WSU Vancouver

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, PDX International Airport and relevant industry. The Portland area includes a diverse population with various options in cuisine and ethnic grocery stores.  Seattle is accessible by train, or a three-hour drive, while either Mt. Hood or the Pacific Coast are less than two hours away.

More to do


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!


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