First-Year Housing Questions

  • Where will I be living in my first year?

    • First year students are assigned to one of eight first year residence halls, or “bricks.” First-years are required to live on campus, and will be assigned to either a double, a triple, a quad, or a quint. Descriptions of each of these residence halls, as well as blueprints for the rooms on each floor, are also available on our general housing page.

  • What should I know about roommates?

    • In May, incoming First-Year students fill out an electronic form on Blackboard, providing the Office of Residential Life with important housing information. Students are asked about their sleeping habits, tidiness, interests, music likes/dislikes, and a variety of other questions that create the best picture of the student’s personality. The ResLife office uses these answers to make pairs and groups of roommates, eventually leading to the creation of floors and buildings. The office also takes a variety of other factors into account (such as high school and hometown) to make sure that floors are as diverse as possible. You cannot request roommates in the first year.

    • In July, you’ll receive your housing assignment, along with the names of your roommate(s) and proctor, in your July Mailer from the Orientation team.

  • Some Advice on Roommates:

    • Get in touch with your roommate(s) before arriving on campus—otherwise, don’t be surprised when all four of you show up with your own mini-fridge.

    • Don’t expect your roommate(s) to be your best friend(s). They might be! Many students find that their closest friends lived on their first-year floor. But it’s not a guarantee, nor is it the end of the world if it doesn’t happen. You’ll make friends with your classmates in all kinds of places, not just your room.

    • Communicate and compromise—nothing leads to tension faster than roommates not telling each other that something’s wrong. coleman move inBe honest, and be willing to compromise to give the whole room the best possible experience.

    • During Orientation, your proctor will give each room a roommate contract. This gives the room an opportunity to discuss a range of topics that would come up while living together, including visitors, sharing food and other items, noise, cleanliness, and more. Stick to what you decide on in the contract!

    • Need help with a conflict? Talk to your proctor—they can help facilitate conversations between roommates, or connect you to other resources if necessary. 

Some Housing Basics

  • Your Bowdoin OneCard is everything—dorm key, room key, meal card, laundry card, campus debit card, photo ID, everything! Keep it in a safe place—it costs money to replace it if you lose it.

  • There are washers and dryers in the basement of every first-year building. Leave your quarters at home—you pay for each load of laundry with money loaded onto your OneCard.

  • appleton moveinHousekeeping will take care of cleaning the hallways, stairwells, study/common rooms, and bathrooms. They won’t enter your actual room, which means cleaning that is up to you and your roommates. There’s a vacuum available to the entire dorm. Ask your housekeeper where it is stored in your building.

  • Keep shoes and boots in the cubbies or lined up against the wall. Housekeeping can’t keep the hallways clean if they have to constantly push shoes out of the way to do it. 

  • Bicycles can be kept outside on the bike racks, or can be placed into the bike storage rooms in the basement of your residence or a nearby residence.

  • Even if your roommates are okay with it, be mindful of how loud your music is. Noise carries, and someone down the hallway, or the room directly below you, might not be as willing to listen to your music as you are.

  • If you’re locked out of your room between 9 AM and Midnight, try and find one of your roommates or a proctor to let you into your room. If it’s after midnight (or after 2 AM on the weekend), or roommates/proctors are unavailable, call security at 207-725-3314.

  • Even if you’re on campus before Move-In Day and want to check out your new room, you are not allowed to enter your residence hall before 9 AM on Move-In Day.

  • Want to know more about what to bring and what not to bring? Other questions about coming to Bowdoin? See Orientation’s FAQ page for more information.