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Alive! Travel Planning

Travel Planning

Travel advisory

Please be aware of weather conditions and increased travel times while en route to Pullman. Visit the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Travel Alerts website for updates to inform your travel plans.

Getting to Pullman

By car

Approximate drive times:
Spokane – 90 minutes
Seattle – 5 hours
Portland – 6 hours
Tri-Cities – 2.5 hours
Missoula – 5 hours

By bus

Greyhound: 800-231-2222
Northwest Trailways: 509-839-4029

By Plane

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) – 2.5 miles from campus
Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS) – 36 miles from campus
Spokane International Airport (GEG) – 80 miles from Campus

Transportation is not provided to or from the airport, however, taxi services are available. Uber and Lyft are available, but limited.

On campus & around town

The WSU Visitor Center is a one-stop resource for all the information you’ll need about navigating campus and the town of Pullman.

Things to do on campus & in town

Pullman campus map

Parking permits

Parking permits will be available for you prior to your arrival on campus. Your pre-arrival email, which will be sent a few days prior to your orientation program, will have detailed instructions.

Please contact WSU Transportation Services if you have any questions: 509-335-PARK (7275) or

What to pack

Please be prepared for lots of walking. There will not be time to go back to your residence or lodging during the program.

For students

Make sure to have with you:

  • Picture ID
  • WSU ID number and network ID
  • Documentation of any credit by exam documentation (AP, IB, Cambridge, CLEP)
  • Measles immunization documentation (if you haven’t already mailed it in)
  • Pens and pencils for the writing placement exams

If you have taken any college courses:

  • Bring current college/university transcripts (unofficial is ok) for any college-level coursework in-progress or completed
  • Bring your current class schedule, if applicable; schedules must be printed from the college’s registration system
  • Contact the Transfer Clearinghouse at or call 509-335-8704 if you have any questions

For everyone attending with you

Bring a backpack. Even if you’re packing light, you’ll pick up materials during the program that you’ll need to carry.

Wear comfortable walking shoes. Everyone will be walking a lot during alive! sessions, and just about everything on campus is uphill both ways.

Bring bottled water and snacks (you may not have time to stop and buy refreshments)

Bring extra spending money for the bookstore, ice cream, etc.

The Student Recreation Center is available on the second night of orientation. Bring athletic apparel and a swimsuit so you can take advantage of the opportunity.

Prepare for the weather.

  • Bring a jacket and rain gear (because you just never know).
  • If attending Alive! Orientation in January, expect cold and snow. Bring warm coats, warm socks, and shoes with good traction.

Lodging & meals

On-campus meals are provided during all orientation programs. Details on what and when will be provided in the event schedule and in pre-event emails.

We encourage everyone to bring their own bottled water and snacks. Although these are available on campus, you’ll be doing a lot of walking and may not have time to stop and buy refreshments.

For students

Freshmen (first year) students are required to stay on campus during the orientation program. Campus housing and meals are fully provided during all programs. Transfer and adult students can stay in their own place of residence during the program.

For parents & guests

On-campus lodging in a residence hall is included in the fees for the summer Alive! programs only. You’re encouraged—but not required—to stay on campus during the program. If you wish, you can opt out of campus lodging when you register for the event.

Important note about Lodging

Lodging is not provided for Spring Alive! (in January), Spring Transfer Alive! (in March), or Fall Alive! (in August). The Residence Inn Pullman and Courtyard Pullman has a discounted group rate for WSU travelers, which you can book through this link. For more housing options during your stay, please see our Pullman-area lodging info website.