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. Upperclass students 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.