Sure, the dorms are old, but the location is unbeatable. Most have a view of the bay, especially the upperclassman dorms, some of which even have balconies. All dorms are accessible to some key feature on campus, such as the library, cafeteria, or waterfront, and all of the residential buildings compose a sloppy semicircle, so no dorm is really far from anything. The traditional dorms are shared and small—they are dorms, after all—but have large windows, so they are tolerable for the first two years. Most traditional dorms are coed with guys on one floor and girls on another, and the bathrooms on each floor are communal, typically with four showers, three sinks, and three stalls. There is also a separate dish/dry room on each floor for washing dishes or hanging a bathing suit up to dry out. Each dorm has a lounge with a couch and TV. Additionally, four "houses" make up a complex, and each housing complex has a lounge with a dining area, game table, kitchen, TV, and bathroom. Upperclassmen live in suites with more privacy. The worst part about the dorms is that they date back to when the college was built, which was when asbestos in ceiling was no cause for nightmares. However, this may not be as big of a problem anymore because Eckerd had redone some of the dorm ceilings.
A nice feature of the dorms is the social interaction within each complex. The dorm holding the reputation for being the quietest, craziest, or having the most night owls changes year to year, but regardless of which dorm you’re in, there is usually a lot of interaction among the residents. Resident advisers (RAs) are there to facilitate concerns and fun and plan communal activities; generally, if you get along with them, they are great to have around.