Apartment living for non-first-year students is offered in Birnam Wood where 130 units accommodate 520 students. Birnam Wood is located half a mile from the campus core, on the bus line and close to shopping, restaurants and Interstate 5. The majority of units are all male or all female, but a few units are gender inclusive.
University Residences provides gender-inclusive housing (GIH) for students wanting a room assignment that is not based upon gender. Gender-inclusive rooms are currently located within Birnam Wood (stack 3) and Buchanan Towers (floor 2) and make it possible for students of differing genders to be roommates and suitemates. To ensure residents in GIH rooms understand the purpose of GIH, all students wanting to live in gender-inclusive housing must send a written request to ResLife@wwu.edu in conjunction with their housing application. Space is limited and requests are considered on a rolling basis.
Incoming Students: To request Birnam Wood, simply apply for housing and make Birnam Wood your top housing preference. Space may not be available for all who request Birnam Wood, so be sure to select alternative housing preferences in your housing application.
The BW staff of Community Advisers provides support that does not come with other off-campus apartments; they plan a variety of community programming as well as special events. Residents may join an active Community Council and participate in activities such as movie nights, potlucks, or the annual all campus Murder Mystery Dinner! Birnam Wood is also home to the largest population of international students on campus, making it a unique and diverse community.
One of the largest programming initiatives that Birnam Wood takes part in is Southside Pride. Residents from Fairhaven, the BT Community and Birnam Wood gather to represent their respective halls in a variety of social events such as dances, movie nights and ice cream socials, and friendly competitions with the goal of developing pride for the South Campus community.
|CAMPUS REGION||South Campus|
2901 Bill McDonald Pkwy, Apt#
Bellingham, WA 98225
|FRONT DESK||Community Building|
|CO-ED TYPE||By Apartment|
|BUILDING CAPACITY||520 Residents|
|FLOORS or STACKS||7 Stacks, 3 floors each|
|ACCESSIBILITY||Some units wheelchair accessible|
|STAFF||1 Apartment Coordinator, 5 Community Advisers|
Living room: sofa, end/coffee tables, lamp, lounge chair
Kitchen: refrigerator, stove, sink
Dining area: table and chairs
Bedroom: beds, desks, chest of drawers, closet
|SUITE DIMENSIONS||Average apartment: approx. 845 sq. ft.|
|ROOM DIMENSIONS||Average double room: approx. 129 sq. ft.|
|FLOORING||Carpet throughout, vinyl sheet in bathroom/kitchen|
|LIGHTING||Overhead, floor, and desk lighting in each unit|