Arrival and Orientation

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 Book your flight to Missoula


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Plan to arrive in Missoula a few days, at the latest, before orientation begins. This will give you some time to become familiar with campus and recover from traveling before beginning your academic work.

Missoula International Airport (MSO) is 6.1 miles west of Missoula. There are several daily flights into MSO. Please be sure that International Students and Scholars office knows your date of arrival and flight number. You should inform our office of any changes in your arrival plans as soon as possible.

In case of an emergency related to your arrival or if your travel plans change while you are traveling, please call the International Student Airport Pick-up Line at (406) 243-6149. Please leave a detailed message with your updated travel information so our staff can be prepared to meet you.

 Airport Pick-Up 

Ground transportation from the airport to campus can be arranged as follows:

Airport Pick-Up:

  • UM International Students and Scholars staff provide complimentary 24-hour airport pick-up services for new international students. Please complete and submit an Orientation and Airport Pickup Form with your arrival times to schedule your airport pick-up.
  • Airport pick-up services for students arriving on or after UM International Student Arrival Days will be available on a limited basis. Please complete and submit an Orientation and Airport Pickup Form to request a pick-up. ISS staff will let you know if the service is available. 

By Taxi: 

 Airport Bus:

  • Mountain Line Route 11: This bus route does not go to University Campus. From the transfer center you will need to take Route 1 or 12 to get to campus. Please see the Mountain Line routes for more information. 


International Student Orientation - Spring 2019

Please visit the International Student Orientation page to learn more about International Student Orientation. 

 First night of lodging

Students who have applied for housing can stay in University of Montana Residence Halls during early arrival housing for approximately $23.00 per night. See Housing for more information. Student who have not applied for housing must make housing arrangements. Here are some temporary housing suggestions if you are not staying in university housing.

Hotel Options

Costs of hotel accommodation in Missoula
Hotel Name Price Phone Number
Staybridge Suites $154.00  (406) 830-3900
Wingate by Wyndham $118.00 (406) 541-8000
DoubleTree by Hilton $177.00  (406) 728-3100
Campus Inn $67.00  (406) 549-5134
Holiday Inn $117.00  (406) 721-8550
Missoula Comfort Inn University $144.00 (406) 549-7600
Shady Spruce Hostel $35.00 (406) 285-1197

(2019 prices per night and are subject to change without notice)