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Phone: +1-509-963-3612
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Central Washington University
Office of International Studies and Programs
Hebeler Hall 102
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408

Arrival Information

Arrival Checklist

  • Apply for on-campus housing or secure off-campus housing
    • If staying on campus, please pre-order your bedding (e.g., blankets, sheets, pillows) at DormCo. Packages may be delivered to the Office of International Studies and Programs.
  • If you plan to arrive early, and need hotel accommodations, these hotels are suggested.

Getting to CWU

Airport information

Most international students choose to arrive at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC). From the airport, there are daily shuttles to Ellensburg, which depart every 2 1/2 hours.

Shuttle information

The easiest way to travel from the airport in Seattle to Ellensburg is by the Bellair Airporter Shuttle. A one-way ticket from the airport to Ellensburg is approximately $41. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance (select the drop-off location "Ellensburg - CWU Starbucks", which is very near campus).

The shuttle will drop you off in Ellensburg at the Starbucks near campus. A staff member from the international office will meet you at Starbucks if you arrive at the following times: 1:35 pm, 4:05 pm, 6:35 pm (Monday through Friday). If you arrive outside of these times, please contact our office for assistance.

Driving to CWU

If you elect to drive to campus, directions can be found here and a campus map can be found here, to help aid your arrival.

Arrival/Orientation FAQs

If you have additional questions about arriving to CWU, orientation, how the university is responding to COVID-19, or how you are expected to respond to COVID, check our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Getting around Ellensburg

Central Transit (free)

This free transportation service is available for all CWU students and family members. The service runs every day, with slightly limited hours during the weekends. A map of the routes (PDF) is available here.


Download the Uber app and arrange for the driver to pick you up and drop you off.


There is one on-call taxi service for the city of Ellensburg.

  • Rodeo Town Taxi (509) 929-4222

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