There is nothing special about housing at CUA. Until you're a junior or senior and get a good lottery number, the residence halls range from horrible to just OK. Many are small and uninviting, while the common areas look dated and out-of-whack. Unfortunately, TV and movies paint a picture of dorm life in such a way that it is hard to exceed or even meet those expectations.
While the dorms are nothing to get excited about, the whole "college experience" is an adequate distraction from how horrible and tiny the rooms really are. Students will get used to it and make it their own with posters, magazine cutouts, and air fresheners. Eventually, they will catch themselves calling their dorm rooms "home." And as you progress in your academic career at Catholic, the residence halls get a little better—if you are lucky enough to find a room. So while the University generally gives students little to work with, students nevertheless work with it to their advantage. Bottom line: CUA students make sweet lemonade out of the bitter lemons they are dealt with, so prospective students will follow suit.