Fairhaven Complex

Fairhaven Complex
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South CampusBirnam Wood ApartmentsBuchanan TowersFairhavenFairhaven Commons
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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
Fairhaven

Located at the foot of the Sehome arboretum, Fairhaven offers students both scenic living conditions and the convenience of being close to campus. The complex is comprised of twelve residential buildings (stacks) centered on a courtyard with a pond. Fairhaven houses residents in suites of single and double rooms that share a common bathroom, with a variety of housing options from two-bedroom suites to the larger five-bedroom suites. Some suites even have a connected balcony for residents to use. Each stack faces a courtyard area, where students can relax, study by the pond, play Frisbee or enjoy a sunny day with friends. Ten out of twelve stacks have a lounge on the first floor with an adjacent TV lounge; some stack lounges also have kitchens for resident use.

The Commons Building, also situated on the central courtyard, houses a game room with pool and foosball tables and a 24-hour computer lab as well as the Haven, a convenience store serving snack foods, fresh sandwiches and coffee. The Dining Commons is located on the second floor.

Activities

Fairhaven has an active Hall Council that puts on many activities for residents in the hall throughout the year. The most notable event is EndFair, a huge musical festival and concert put on at the end of each year. But on any given night, residents are likely to find things going on - from study groups to dances, movies to Frisbee games. 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.

Elective Living Environments

ALCOHOL-FREE: Stacks seven and eight of Fairhaven Complex are designated as alcohol-free, for students who make a commitment to refrain from using or supporting the use of alcohol while in residence. This type of environment gives students an opportunity to live with others who have made a similar commitment.

Themed Communities

FAIRHAVEN COLLEGE: Offers students from Fairhaven College a living-learning experience with the opportunity to gain a sense of community and make connections with other students concerned about the environment, education, community service and social justice.

VIKING LAUNCH: An early start seminar program that offers incoming freshmen a strong, focused start up to college life at Western. Students will arrive on campus seven days early for an intensive week of study and preparation for a successful Western Experience.

General Information

CAMPUS REGION South Campus
HALL WEBSITE https://housing.wwu.edu/apps/halls/fairhaven/
MAILING ADDRESS Resident's Name
Room# Fairhaven Complex
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
FRONT DESK Commons Building
HALL TYPE Suite Style
CO-ED TYPE By Suite
ROOM CAPACITY Single, Double
BUILDING CAPACITY 650 Residents
FLOORS or STACKS 12 Stacks, 4 floors each
YEAR ESTABLISHED 1970
ACCESSIBILITY Elevator in stacks 11/12, visual alarms in some rooms
BREAK PERIODS Closed during winter and spring breaks
STAFF Resident Director, Grad Assistant Resident Director, 12 Resident Advisors

Typical Student Room

FURNISHINGS Bunking/lofting beds, desks, and wardrobes
SUITE DIMENSIONS Average two room suite: approx. 420 sq. ft.
Average three room suite: approx. 600 sq. ft.
Average five room suite: approx. 1080 sq. ft.
ROOM DIMENSIONS Average double room: approx. 147 sq. ft.
FLOORING Carpet or vinyl tile
LIGHTING Desk and ceiling lights

Lounges and Common Areas

  • Main Lounge, game room and computer lab on first level of Fairhaven Commons
  • Stack Lounges; one in most stacks
  • Game Room
  • The Haven Market & Lounge

Building Floor Plans