Coles Tower

Coles Tower 

Coles Tower is a sixteen-story, brick residence that houses approximately 200 students in quad suites.  Each quad is comprised of four single bedrooms, a common room and bathroom that is shared with the adjoining quad.  The basement houses the College's textbook store, the 1st and 2nd floor is home to administrative offices as well as a student computer lab which is available to Coles Tower residents 24/7.  There is a full-sized elevator in the building.

Blueprints for Coles Tower and the 2nd floor (different layout than other floors) are also available.
Note: These blueprints should not be viewed as a definitive source of information for room numbers, etc.  We do not guarantee the blueprints to be an exact representation of any building or room.

Distance from Polar Bear Statue

Coles Tower is 1,020 feet from the Polar Bear Statue located in Hyde Plaza.


The College supplies the following items for each student:

  • twin bed, extra long (36" x 80")
  • desk w/chair
  • dresser
  • closet/wardrobe
  • bookshelf

In addition to the items above, at a minimum each suite has a couch, easy chair and coffee table.

Telephone and Voicemail

Each student is assigned a telephone number for their entire time at Bowdoin.  One phone per quad is supplied and each student has an individual voicemail box.

Television and Cable

All rooms are cable ready. 

Computer Connections

High-speed internet ports are located in every student room.  Additionally, all buildings on campus are wireless. 


Coles Tower does not have its own parking lot.  Decals are issued to designated parking lots based on seniority and housing assignments on a first come, first served, space available basis.  You can learn more about student parking at Bowdoin on the Security parking website. 


The laundry room is located in the basement.   The charge for washers and dryers is $1.70 per cycle.  The washing machines and dryers in all residence halls are equipped with card readers; laundry machines do not accept cash. You may add money to your Bowdoin ID card for this purpose at several machines on campus.  You can see what machines are open, get alerts sent to you when your laundry is finished, and report a problem with a machine at any time by visiting LaundryView.


Vending machines are located in the first floor lobby.


All college-owned student residences are equipped with sprinklers and alarmed for fire safety. 

Coles Tower has a card access system.  Residents of this residence hall have 24/7 access.  All other students have access from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. 

Bicycle Storage

There is no bicycle storage room at this location.


The Residential Life student staff comprises seventy upperclass students.  There are five Resident Assistants in Coles Tower.  Find out who the RAs are in your building. 


The Senior Center was originally dedicated in October 1964.  In 1980 the tower was renamed to honor James Stacy (Spike) Coles, Bowdoin's ninth president.