Since the option of choosing where you live as a freshman is gone, it doesn’t make much of a difference where you reside—chances are you’ll have a great time and bond with your hallmates anyway, and it seems that freshmen have fond feelings for whichever dorm they wind up in. M&M used to be the most requested freshman dorm because, despite its outdated furniture and small rooms, its close proximity to the Hill made it the No. 1 choice of many incoming students. Lower Cents has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the last few years due to its status as the newest dormitory, which also offers the only floor of coed housing and the easiest walk to classes. The Quad (Richards, Dravo, and Drinker) is also a popular area to live, but it can be a bit out of the way for some students. However, the three dorms tend to foster a real sense of solidarity and dorm pride among its denizens.
After freshman year, many sophomores will move into the fraternity and sorority houses where they pledged. Fraternity men generally live in their house sophomore and junior year, and then elect to live off campus senior year. Sorority women live in their house sophomore and junior years, and most move off campus senior year. The cost of living in a fraternity or sorority is comparable to living in the dorms, albeit slightly more expensive with parlor and social fees. Other popular housing includes Sayre Park and Campus Square, but dorms will always play second fiddle to fraternities.