As a freshman, you’ll likely have a roommate—but after that, almost all upperclassmen have private rooms. Make the most of your space by filling it with your favorite art, comfy cushions and blankets, and (of course!) plenty of books. All dorms have a nice view of our beautiful campus, whether you’re looking out over the Quad, the Front Lawn, or College Creek, and most feature common rooms, laundry, and kitchen areas. The best part? Even if you’re down in the “suburbs” at the back of campus, you’re never more than a two-minute walk from the action, as our entire campus takes just five minutes to walk end-to-end.
There are eight residence halls on campus—six on the upper half, surrounding the Quad and the Front Lawn, and two on the Back Campus waterfront. Many of the dormitories on the upper part of campus are on the upper floors of buildings, with the lower floors used as faculty and staff offices, and even—in the case of Randall—the dining hall.
Each dorm has a different character. Take in the hustle and bustle of college life by living along the quad in Campbell or Randall. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time in one of our more historic dormitories: Humphreys Hall, built in 1837; Chase-Stone House and Paca-Carroll House, both built in 1857; and Pinkney Hall, built in 1858. Once you’ve earned your Johnnie stripes, enjoy all the comforts of home in our two newest dorms, reserved for juniors and seniors and situated not far from College Creek on a part of campus jokingly referred to as “the suburbs.”
Before you move in, here are a few things you should know: Each dorm room is furnished with a mattress, mattress cover, desk, chair, study lamp, wastebasket, bookshelf, dresser, mirror, and closet (or, in a double, two of each). The dorms are air-conditioned and non-smoking. Most dorms are coed and most freshman dorms are single-sex by floor.
Resident Assistants are assigned to each dorm, including one for each freshman floor.
For the first year, freshmen are assigned to campus housing based on responses to a questionnaire sent out after they submit their deposit. After that, room assignments are made by means of a housing lottery. Each April, every student who wishes to live on campus draws a number. The lower the number, the higher you are within each selection group—first rising seniors, then rising juniors, and then rising sophomores.
For the most part, sophomores will have their choice of single rooms, but those with the lowest numbers may spend another year in a double—this time in a building and with a roommate of their choice. Many upperclassmen will choose to live in Gilliam and Spector, where there are “split doubles:” two single rooms divided by a wall, which allows the privacy of a single while still giving students the chance to live with friends.