Because so many of the dorms are small and unique, there is a lot of freedom to try some out and find the one that fits your style. Some students fall in love with a roommate and a room and stay there for years, but most tend to float around and try out new halls and roommates for the sake of variety. All buildings have a full kitchen, at least one common room with cable hookup, residence life staff, and laundry machines. Favored dorms are really based on personal preference—some students prefer quiet, others like a little rowdiness—and there are both coed and gender-specific options. However, EcoDorm is always a favorite for its green options and stunning construction.
Freshman halls are conveniently located on Central Campus. Sunderland and Vining get a lot of negative attention, but mostly because many other dorms are so beautiful and enticing that it can be difficult to wait to live there. In 2009, the top floor of Sunderland was turned into living-learning communities, which promote community by placing the fifteen students of a first-year seminar into housing together. The students were very happy with the arrangement and recommended that more be formed, so those are in the works for the future.