Whether you're visiting our campus to attend a concert, athletic contest, commencement or returning for homecoming, we wish you safe travels and a thoroughly enjoyable time while you're here. If you are thinking about attending WMU, we strongly encourage you to schedule a campus tour online to experience Western first-hand with a student guide to answer your questions.
Kalamazoo, the home of WMU’s main campus, is midway between Chicago and Detroit and one hour south of Grand Rapids. Kalamazoo offers commercial transportation by train, bus and major airline.
Getting to main campus
To get to the University’s main campus, take Interstate 94 to exit 74 North onto U.S. Route 131. Travel 2.8 miles on U.S. 131 N to Stadium Drive East, exit 36. From there, use the directions below for popular destinations on the University’s main campus and its Parkview Campus. You can also get turn-by-turn directions to or from any building using WMU campus maps.
From US-131, head east on Stadium Dr for 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Oliver St, cross railroad tracks; Turn right onto Ring Rd S; Turn Left onto W Michigan Ave and proceed up the hill. Park in the parking ramp on the right before the traffic light at Ring Rd N. Ellsworth Hall is located just west of Parking Ramp #1. Seibert Administration Building is across the street SW of Ellsworth Hall. The Student Center is west of Seibert Admin. There is visitor parking available across the street from the Seibert Administration Building in Lots 68/69.
Admissions Welcome Center
Housed within the Student Center is the Admissions Welcome Center. Follow the above directions to the Student Center and use the main entrance. The Admissions Welcome Center is immediately inside the second-floor entrance to the right.
Stadium Drive east about 2.2 miles to Howard Street. Turn left on Howard Street to West Michigan Avenue and right on West Michigan Avenue. Follow the traffic circle left to Ring Road North, and turn right on Business Court.
Lawson Ice Arena
Stadium Drive east about 2.2 miles to Howard Street. Turn left on Howard Street, right on Western Avenue, turn left on Ring Road South and left again onto Lawson Drive. The Lawson complex is straight ahead.
Stadium Drive east about 2.2 miles to Howard Street. Turn left on Howard Street, make the first right turn onto Western Avenue, make the first left onto Ring Road South, and make the next right (Theatre Drive) to Miller Auditorium.
Stadium Drive east to the first intersection off U.S. 131, Drake Road. Turn right on Drake Road straight to Parkview Campus.
Stadium Drive east about 2.5 miles to Oliver Street. Turn left on Oliver Street to University Arena.
Valley Residence Halls
Stadium Drive east about 2.5 miles to Oliver Street. Turn left on Oliver Street. Turn right onto Ring Road South, then left onto West Michigan Avenue and right onto Ring Road North. Follow Ring Road North to the Valley Residence Halls. At the four-way stop sign, go straight on Valley 1 Drive to reach the Ackley/Shilling and Britton/Hadley residence halls. Turn left to continue on Ring Road North, and turn right on Valley 2 Drive to reach the Garneau/Harvey and Eicher/LeFevre residence halls. Turn left to continue on Ring Road North, and turn right on Valley 3 Drive to reach the Harrison/Stinson and Eldridge/Fox residence halls.