How to Experience Ellensburg as a Student

School is back in session! Explore Ellensburg with the needs of a student in mind and let us help you ace this year!

How to Get to Know Your New Home

Whether you’re new to Ellensburg or entering your senior year at CWU, there are always more local secrets to learn. Explore Ellensburg with a free guided walking tour from the Kittitas County Historical Museum to learn more about the city and get off campus. These tours offer great local insight, focused on public art, community history, haunted legends, and more. Plus, as you’re on the tour, you can familiarize yourself with the historic downtown Ellensburg! Before you know it, you’ll know your way around Ellensburg like the back of your hand. Find more information and sign up for a free walking tour here.

If the guided walking tours don’t fit into your class schedule, consider a self-guided tour of Ellensburg. With historic buildings and public art on every corner of the historic downtown, you could spend a whole day exploring the beautiful architecture, murals, and sculptures on your own! Use the Ellensburg Art Walk Map to view public art on a tour of downtown.

Where to Find Cheap Eats

Ellensburg offers a host of fantastic restaurants for those on a budget. Find a balanced meal at Lunchbox Cafe, offering fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, and more to balance out all those nights of ramen and pizza. Stop by local food trucks, Los Chilangos or Tacos Chalito, for a quick, tasty meal between classes. Round up your friends for a night out at Wing Central or one of these other Ellensburg favorites. These spots and many others offer flavorful food and a welcoming atmosphere without breaking the bank, perfect for college students! Enjoy the tastes of Ellensburg and try one out today.

Where to Study

Having a quiet place to focus is essential to succeed in school, but sometimes it’s beneficial to get out of your dorm and study in a public setting. Coffee shops like D&M Coffee, Winegar’s Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee, and Utopia Frozen Yogurt and Coffee House provide casual settings, large tables, and fantastic coffee to keep you motivated while you work. When you’re done, celebrate your achievements with a scoop of creamy homemade ice cream at Winegar’s or a heaping bowl of froyo piled high with toppings from Utopia, you deserve it! Find more coffee shops in Ellensburg here.

Photo courtesy of D&M Coffee
Photo courtesy of Junk-tiquen in the Burg

What to Do On the Weekends

When Friday finally comes around, you won’t want to be stuck without plans. Not to worry, there’s always an entertaining event or festival happening in Ellensburg for you to discover. Kick off your school year by attending some of the local favorites, including Huffman Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, Junk-tiquen in the Burg, and others! More of an adventure-seeker? Once the snow falls, you will discover that our area becomes a winter wonderland ideal for skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more. Test out local trails or head to the mountains to enjoy weekend adventures in the snow! Find more things to do in Ellensburg here.