It usually happens sometime around sophomore year: you'll say home, and realize that you mean here.

An inclusive and dynamic residential program is a central element of the Bowdoin College experience. Living together helps us form deep, lasting friendships: we understand our differences, we welcome new perspectives, and we build new common ground.

Live Close to Everything

Managed by the Office of Residential Life, housing at Bowdoin comprises residence halls, College Houses, and apartments. All of our residence offerings provide a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment for young people transitioning away from home. Our centralized campus means that everything is about five minutes from everything else, so you'll spend plenty of time saying and receiving the famous "Bowdoin Hello."

Current Students

Are you looking for important housing dates, lottery information, or policiesThe Office of Residential Life has got you covered.

Your Resident Dream Team

Proctors and Resident Assistants are leaders who foster community within the residences, and help to promote your personal and academic success. And if something's not right? These students are trained to direct residents to a wide variety of resources: from health and wellness services, to technology support, to the best way to get a ride to the airport.

Students study and talk in a college house room.

Amenities and Accommodations

All Bowdoin residences have wireless internet, high-speed ethernet ports, free streaming cable TV through Xfinity, telephone service, and a OneCard system that controls entry doors and laundry machines. Students needing special accommodations should contact the Office of Accessibility.

All first-year and sophomore students are required to live on campus. First-year students are not allowed to have cars, but most Bowdoin students of all ages get around town using bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or the Zipcar sharing service.

"To gain a standard for the appreciation of others' work, and the criticism of your own—"

This is the Offer of the College