Arrival to UM

Before your arrival to UM, you must 
complete the Pre-Orientation Checklist!

 Book flight to Missoula for Arrival Days


University of Montana plane on tarmac


Plan to arrive in Missoula during official Arrival Days, which for Fall 2022 are August 15, 16 and 17. 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 by completing the Airport Pickup Form. 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 Pickup Outside of Arrival Days

Should you arrive outside of the designated Arrival Days, ground transportation from the airport to campus can be arranged as follows:

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. 


 First night of lodging

Students who have applied for housing can stay in University of Montana Residence Halls during early arrival housing for a designated rate. See Housing for more information. Students 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

(*prices are subject to change without notice)