Freshmen and sophomores are split into four different residence halls—North, East, West, and Covenant. Formerly, North Hall was all guys, East Hall was all girls, and West Hall and Covenant Hall were coed. Although Dordt is all in favor of encouraging a close-knit community, the different halls and the distance between them causes quite a bit of separation amongst the students, and the problem isn't getting any better. Currently, North Hall and East Hall are designated for guys only, and Covenant Hall and West Hall are designated for girls only. North, East, and Covenant all have two-person room capacities, and a community bathroom is in each hall. West is set up to have four girls in a room, and the rooms have a built-in bathroom. That may sound nice instead of having to deal with a community bathroom, but West has the most-cramped living quarters. The rooms are not made to fit four people. If all else fails, moving from one dorm to another is possible.
Covenant is about a 10-minute walk from the other halls, the classroom buildings, and the Commons. The other three halls are more centrally located, and students who live in those halls only have to walk a minute or two to get where they need to be. Covenant is the newest dorm, with a big student draw because of its "party hall" reputation. That probably won't be the case anymore since it is no longer coed.