Residential Life


An inclusive and dynamic living community is a central element of the Bowdoin experience.  The Office of Residential Life, guided by the Values of a Learning Community, oversees all aspects of on-campus living.

The word “dorms” doesn’t begin to capture all that happens in the residence halls at Bowdoin.   The vibrant living environment  allows residents to explore their intellectual and extracurricular passions to the fullest and form incredible friendships.   The College Houses unite the social and intellectual spheres of student life, while the first-year "bricks" are robust microcosms of new student energy and excitement.  Upperclassmen have a wide range of living choices.    Student-designed programs, intramural sports, and special events like Dinner with Six Strangers also serve to bring faculty, staff, students and community members together.  


Josh Freedman

Josh Friedman '15

Leadership Position: Head RA, Harpswell Apartments
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Major: Environmental Studies & Earth and Oceanographic Science

Transitioning to college was not easy for me. The new environment, the new people and the new culture was something that I did not get accustomed to very quickly. My proctor was the person who helped me through the first semester, and I couldn’t be more thankful for her help. Having been so impacted by a member of Residential Life my first year, I wanted to be a resource for students who similarly might take some time transitioning to college.

The people I have met through ResLife have become some of my best friends and greatest mentors at Bowdoin. Additionally, having friends, peers and other students know that I am there to support them and be a resource throughout their college career is a very rewarding experience.

Being on ResLife has taught me an unbelievable amount about what it means to be a leader, a resource and a support system for the people around me. It has also taught me how to work well in a team environment, as every staff member relies on and utilizes each other to do their job. These qualities are what make ResLife such an awesome group and are something that will be useful for me throughout the rest of my life.


Announcements and Events  

First Year students: housing opens on Tuesday, August 26 at 9:00am

Upperclass students: housing opens on Tuesday, September 2 at 8:00am

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