With enrollment on the rise, Belmont continues to up its game with housing options. Several new dorms have popped up on campus in the past few years. Patton Hall/Bear House, which opened in 2010, is for freshmen only and is easily the nicest dorm at Belmont. It’s modeled after another new freshman dorm—Maple Hall, which is in a great central location no matter where your classes are. However, Belmont’s historic dorms—Hail, Heron, and Pembroke—are truly in the heart of campus. These dorms are older and a little smaller, but residents love the strong sense of community, due in part to the resident assistants (RAs) and resident directors (RDs). There’s an RA on each floor of a dorm and one RD who oversees them. They host monthly dorm-wide events and conduct inspections each semester to check for contraband like alcohol, drugs, or candles. For upperclassmen, Belmont offers dorms and on-campus apartments. Wright Hall and Maddox Hall aren't as nice, but the rooms are gigantic. Upperclassmen can also live in Kennedy or Thrailkill halls. Thrailkill isn't on the main campus, but it’s well worth the distance. The lounge boasts a flat-screen TV and comfortable couches, making it a perfect hangout spot.
Once you’ve earned 60 credit hours, you can move to one of Belmont’s apartment complexes—Bruin Hills, Hillside, or Belmont Commons. Apartment life is a little quieter because students are busier with classes and internships, but there are community events hosted at the complex’s clubhouse for those who are interested. Each clubhouse has laundry facilities and mail services. The main complaint students have about Belmont housing is the cost, but most will follow that up with how much they’ve loved living on campus. You’ll find a close community of friends no matter where you live, but staying on campus will only strengthen those bonds.