Because Chatham was founded in 1869, the housing is unique. There are four main dorms, and three of these—Rea, Fickes, and Laughlin—are former mansions that have been converted into student housing. As a result, each room is unique and spacious. Woodland is the most recent addition and looks more like a typical dormitory, but all Chatham housing is beautiful. There are plenty of room options, including singles, doubles, triples, and quads. The mansion dormitories are beautiful, but their age means they are not air-conditioned, and Laughlin, Rea, Fickes, and the apartments are not conveniently located to the academic buildings or the library. The majority of students agrees that not only does Woodland have the best location, but it also is the only student housing option with a wireless connection. Residents in other residence halls must use an Ethernet cable in order to access the Internet. Students who live in Upper Campus housing are generally very social and congregate on their floors or in the common areas. Laughlin tends to be the quietest building, but students are still very social with one another. In all campus housing, at least one resident adviser (RA) is present to help resolve disputes, and each building is also assigned a graduate resident director (GRD), who works to ensure that students have a safe, enjoyable place to live during the school year.
For students not wanting to live in traditional housing, Chatham offers three living learning community options. Living learning communities are residence halls focused on a particular subject that help students connect around a central theme. Laughlin Hall is the the Intercultural LLC, Rea is the Environmental LLC, and the second floor of Woodland Hall is the First Year Experience Community. Throughout the year, the residents in the living learning communities host events open to the whole campus.