Birnam Wood Apartments

Birnam Wood Apartments
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South Campus residents enjoy living away from the center of campus, yet still close enough to walk to their classes. The Fairhaven Commons is nearby, so residents never have to walk far for a meal.

South Campus Residences:
Birnam Wood
Buchanan Towers
Buchanan Towers East

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.

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

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

FURNISHINGS 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

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

Building Floor Plans