Montreat is a tiny school with small class sizes and two dining locations, so students are sure to develop at least acquaintanceships with almost everyone on campus just by attending classes and going to meals. Most students hang out in Belk Campus Center, in the grill (located in Belk), in the cafeteria, and in the dorms during visitation hours. Visitation hours used to be voted on by students, but starting in spring 2009, the hours were set 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the rooms during the week, except for Wednesdays, which prohibit visitation. Wednesdays are reserved for dorm events (Bible studies, socials, etc.). Lobby hours are until 12 a.m. most nights and 2 a.m. on the weekends.
Many students visit friends of the opposite gender to hang out but move to Belk after visitation hours because of the short hours, some of which occur during dinner hours at the cafeteria and grill. Although many students are unhappy with the visitation rules, others are content with taking advantage of Belk’s 24-hour open hours, pingpong table, foosball, computers, and large television. Some students do sneak into the opposite gender’s dorms after hours (there is only one locked door for each dorm until you get into the main building), though most obey the rules, the violation of which can mean losing visitation rights altogether. Since there aren’t many places on campus for one-on-one time, many couples go on walks, picnics, and to coffeeshops for dates.