Buchanan Towers

Buchanan Towers
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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

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 South Campus Glory. 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.

Themed Communities

GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING: Buchanan Towers (third floor) includes the gender-inclusive housing cluster, offering students a supportive living environment where room assignment is not based upon gender. Gender-inclusive housing is available to non-first-year students; freshmen may appeal.

General Information

HALL WEBSITE https://housing.wwu.edu/apps/halls/buchanan-towers/
Room# Buchanan Towers
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
FRONT DESK Ground Floor
HALL TYPE Suite Style
ROOM CAPACITY Double, Triple
YEAR RENOVATED 2011 BT East Addition
ACCESSIBILITY Elevator, visual alarms in some rooms
BREAK PERIODS Open during breaks
STAFF Resident Director, Assistant Resident Director, 7 Resident Advisors

Typical Student Room

FURNISHINGS 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

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

Building Floor Plans