University Residences

University Residences

Buchanan Towers

Buchanan Towers offers double and triple rooms within suites connected by indoor hallways; suitemates share a common bathroom and living area. Unique to BT, each suite also includes a kitchenette. BT Station Café & Market on the ground floor is open to the campus community and a spacious main lounge offers plenty of seating. The TV and game lounge is a great place for residents to hang out, throw events, or play pool and ping pong. Smaller floor lounges are located throughout the building. Also available to residents are a computer lab and seminar room, as well as indoor bike storage.

The BT community overlooks the Outback nature area and Happy Valley, and is in walking distance of a variety of on and off campus locations. Residents can catch the bus to class in front of the building or enjoy the short walk up South Campus Drive; both are convenient and quick. A five or ten minute walk will take residents to the Fairhaven dining commons, Recreation Center, Arboretum, or the Outback. Tennis courts and playing fields are also located just across the street.


At Buchanan Towers there are 8 floors offering excellent programming, activities and learning opportunities. BT is a great place to live where residents can make themselves a home away from home. One of the largest programming initiatives that BT 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.

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.

International Community

Buchanan Towers offers activities, events and opportunities for American and international students who want to learn from each other; for students who want to explore global topics as a group; or for students returning from a study abroad who want to further their interest in international education.

General Information

Resident's Name
2401 Bill McDonald Pkwy, Room #
Bellingham, WA 98225
FRONT DESK Ground Floor
HALL TYPE Suite Style
ROOM CAPACITY Double, Triple
ACCESSIBILITY Elevator, visual alarms in some rooms
STAFF Resident Director, Assistant Resident Director, 7 Resident Advisers

Typical Student Room

Bedroom: bunkable beds, desks, and wardrobes
Living Area: couch, chair, coffee and end tables
Kitchenette: refrigerator, sink, and stove
SUITE DIMENSIONS Average suite: approx. 615 sq. ft.
ROOM DIMENSIONS Average double room: approx. 169 sq. ft.
FLOORING Vinyl tile
LIGHTING Ceiling lights in student rooms and floor lamp in common area
Buchanan towers room blueprint

Lounges and Common Areas

  • Main Lounge on ground floor shared with BT East includes TV, seating at tables, sofas, and chairs
  • Floor Lounges
  • Game Room with pool table
  • Seminar room/computer lab
  • Group study area with TV
  • BT Station Café & Market

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