The dorms are conveniently located near the academic buildings, and the campus apartments are a short walk or bike ride from classes. Campus housing is very friendly with an "open door" atmosphere, even in the apartments. It's especially important to live in the dorms for the first year or two—many students who don't find they miss out on a lot. Some students dislike that they have to live on campus for three years. On one hand, campus housing is usually paid for with your tuition, so you can bundle it in with your loans and not worry about rent. However, you will pay for it eventually, and the cost is not difficult to meet or beat off campus.
Students can agree on one aspect of the dorms that isn't so appealing: from 6 p.m. until 12 a.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends, there is a desk-sitter in the lobby of the dorms, and guys have to sign into girls' rooms and vice versa. After visitation times are up, guys and girls can't be in each other's rooms until after 10 a.m. or they'll receive a hefty fine (this rule doesn't apply to honors houses or apartments). Anyone can still hang out in the main lobby of Altman after hours because of its coed residency, which is a perk for that dorm. While the downfalls of campus housing may make you think Hastings College tries to hold your hand, the social perks of on-campus housing pretty much trump that sentiment.