During freshman year, your floormates and dormmates will become your first friends. The idea is simple: Put enough homesick and confused young people together, and they end up helping one another out and becoming friends. The only time you’ll spend away from your floormates during the first week of college will be when you’re sleeping. Likewise, the first female or male students you meet will be those living on your sister or brother floor. Fast forward a few months, and a typical Friday night will be spent on the guys’ floor with a movie or in the girls’ lounge with games of Apples to Apples and Dutch Blitz. Expect late nights of procrastination in the main lounge with a real guitar or a video game version accompanied by plenty of friends and fun. In a freshman dorm at Messiah College, you’ll never be short of people to laugh, cry, or talk with, no matter the hour. The people in your dorm will become like your family, and it’s often the only place you’ll need to meet friends.
The facilities where all this togetherness occurs almost seem insignificant when looking at the bigger picture. However, the dormitories and apartments on campus offer adequate living conditions for the average college student. Dorm rooms are spacious, and bathrooms are kept clean. Though some buildings are rather old, the College makes sure to renovate or replace parts of the buildings as it sees fit. There are two spots on campus for housing: North Complex and South Complex. Though North Complex is newer and slightly closer to the Union and Eisenhower Campus Center, South Complex carries an intense spirit and pride among students.