University Residences

University Residences

Birnam Wood

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.

  • Each apartment is furnished for four students and includes two double-occupancy bedrooms, full kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom and balcony; wheelchair-accessible units have a roll-in shower, washer and dryer.
  • Quarterly cost per student includes wireless Internet, digital cable, utilities, and use of the laundry facilities.
  • Residents have access to the community building, front desk, computer lab, bike storage and permit parking. Birnam Wood is supervised by a full-time, live-in Apartment Coordinator and five part-time, live-in Community Advisers.
  • Meal plans are optional and available under a separate contract. Birnam Wood is reserved for non-first-year students; first-year students may request consideration.
  • Two-bedroom apartments for married students or students with dependents are offered on a space-available basis; contact for rates and availability.

Gender Inclusive Housing

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 in conjunction with their housing application. Space is limited and requests are considered on a rolling basis.

  • Our Roommate Invite technology is not yet compatible With gender-inclusive roommate pairs; if you want to room with someone you already know or someone you found on Roommate Search, you must request each other in An email to
  • If you do not submit a roommate request, a roommate will be assigned to you based upon the roommate profile you completed in your housing application.
  • In the event your roommate moves out, the University reserves the right to assign you a new roommate of any gender or consolidate you with residents in another GIH room.

How to Apply

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.

General Information

Resident's Name
2901 Bill McDonald Pkwy, Apt#
Bellingham, WA 98225
FRONT DESK Community Building
HALL TYPE Apartments
CO-ED TYPE By Apartment
FLOORS or STACKS 7 Stacks, 3 floors each
ACCESSIBILITY Some units wheelchair accessible
STAFF 1 Apartment Coordinator, 5 Community Advisers

Typical Student Room

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
Room Blueprint

Lounges and Common Areas

  • Community Building with information desk, computer lab and laundry room
  • Main Lounge/TV Lounge in community building with piano
  • Outdoor picnic area with BBQ

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