Living on-station in the cabins

So you want to work in Bamfield.  You COULD search for housing off-site, but many people, especially if coming out for short-term research trips (up to a few months), elect to stay in the cabins.  Cabin life can be really fun and allows you to meet other students doing research at the same time.

Cabin at BMSCWhat is provided in the cabins:

  • Kitchen supplies such as plates, cutlery, pots and pans, knives, baking dishes
  • Electronic appliances including a stove, microwave, refrigerator, electric kettle, and toaster
  • Beds (often two to a room), plus sheets and blankets (comforters available upon request)
  • Towels and soap are provided (linens and towels can be exchanged each Wednesday from housekeeping on the first floor of Buchanan Lodge)
  • A living area with couches, chairs, dining table, and other simple furnishings.

What you might consider bringing to a cabin:

  • Laundry detergent (the nearest washers are coin-operated in the cafeteria building)
  • Loonies and quarters for the laundry ($1.25 for a washer, $1 for a dryer)
  • Spices and dry goods.  Most students who stay in the cabins cook for themselves, but you could also visit the BMSC cafeteria for a cooked meal, but its not cheap.
  • Toiletries – these are not provided
  • A positive attitude.  Cabins are fun, but are close quarters with other, sometimes stressed, graduate students.  Have fun and stay relaxed! 🙂

If you have more questions about what is included or what it is like to live in the cabins, feel free to write a question as a comment on the blog’s questions page, email us at, or write a comment at the bottom of this page.  We’ll reply back and find you the information you need!

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