Maintaining Internet connectivity when teaching, learning, or working from home may be challenging for some. Fortunately there are a number of options for computer access and accessing the Internet remotely. Updated 9/20/23.
Accessing Computers, Equipment, & WiFi through WWU
A limited number of hot spot devices for students with financial need are available through the Equipment Loan Pool.
WWU Computers on Campus
Computers are available on campus. All have Adobe Creative Cloud and the Microsoft suite of applications.
See: Study Spaces and 'Virtual Class' Locations - for locations where you can connect to a class remotely if you are on-campus.
WWU Computers at a Distance
Remote Access to WWU Computer Labs - Gain access to a lab computer, access software, and more
WWU Laptops for Checkout
Connecting to the Internet
Drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots launch statewide
Public-private partnerships seek to bridge the “digital divide” by providing free broadband access to all Washingtonians through community drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots.
Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots in Bellingham
If you live in Bellingham, there are currently dozens of free, open Wi-Fi hotspots. Also, Haggard Hall 153 has Wi-Fi and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.
Wi-Fi Access Through Other Academic Institutions
If you live near another academic institution, you can log in using your WWU credentials
Emergency Broadband Internet from the FCC
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is providing internet and computer discounts.
Receive Low-cost Internet Access through Comcast
New Comcast customers will receive two months of free service in response to the Coronavirus emergency. Internet Essentials is a program for families and other low-income households who currently do not subscribe to Internet at home.
Charter Communications Offers Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For Educators and Students
Starting March 16, Charter Communications offers free broadband Internet access and Wi-Fi for new educational customers for 60 days.
Create a Hotspot with Your Phone
In some cases, you can create an Internet Wi-Fi hotspot using your cell phone.
Optimize Your Bandwidth
- Getting the Most Out of Your Home Office
- How to Increase Your Internet Speed (WikiHow)
- Internet Performance Checklist
Internet and PC Options in Your Area
EveryoneOn.org - searches for internet and PC options in your area (zip code searchable)
Accessing Resources in the Community
Community Resources in Whatcom County
Community Resources During COVID-19 - Opportunity Council's list of available services for Whatcom County
Accessing Computers in the Community
Computers in the Community
Refurbished computers are available through a local Bellingham non-profit called Computers for People in Need.