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Buchanan Residence Hall


Buchanan Hall is named after Harry E. Buchanan.  Buchanan was born in Sylva, North Carolina and grew up in Jackson County.  At the age of 17, Buchanan opened a motion picture theatre in Sylva.  Later he would organize and become president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club and serve as town Mayor.  One of his major influences locally and particularly to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was his leadership in establishing the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills

Opened:  1959
Who Lives Here:  All classifications of students - Freshmen, Sophmore, Junior, Senior, Graduate.
Number of residents:  198
Number of floors:  4
Elevator:  No
Airconditioned:  No
Room Types:  Double occupancy rooms.
Bathrooms: Community style bathroom - 1 per hall; 2 per floor except ground.
Gender:  Single gender floors.
Laundry room:  ground floor.
Kitchen: None.
Study Lounges:  Main lounge; open lounge on 3rd floor.
Location on campus:  Uppercampus / "The Hill"
Parking:  Old Water Tower Lot (Lot 51), .2 mile walk; Judaculla Lot (Lot 62), .2 mile walk.  (Provided for informational purposes only.  On-campus parking requires the purchase of a permit and eligibility to park in various lots is determined by the type of permit for which a student is eligible.  In addition, purchase of a permit does not guarantee parking in any particular parking spot or lot.)
Notable features:  

  • Pool table located in main lobby (1st floor).
  • Ping-pong table located in main lobby (1st floor).
  • Located next to (approximately 300 feet) Brown Hall - home to The Lodge at Brown Hall, 1889 Bistro, Blue Ridge Burger and Starbucks at Brown Hall.

Rooms in Buchanan Hall are traditional double occupany rooms.  Note that there are two sets of furniture in the room - one set for each resident.

Approximately 13' x 13'6"
Approximately 169 square feet

Room Amenities
Ethernet Port (2 per room)
Movable furniture
Window Blinds

XL Loftable bed (2 per room)
XL Twin Mattress (2 per room)
Desk (2 per room)
Desk Chair (2 per room)
Wardrobe with two drawers (2 per room)

All residence halls at Western Carolina University feature the following amenities:

  • Wireless internet access throughout the building
  • Exterior door access controlled by Cat Card (student ID)
  • Non-smoking building with 50 foot non-smoking perimeter 
  • Resident Assistant staff
  • Professional staff on call 24 hours a day

Buchanan Residence Hall from upper campus


A view of Buchanan from upper campus


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