There are two dorms for first years: Gramley and Babcock. Gramley is newer but is the second farthest building from main campus; while Babcock is waiting for renovations and new furniture, it is closer to classes. Beginning second year, students can choose their own building to live in, based on a lottery system. The upperclassmen residence halls are South, Strong, Bitting, Clewell, Bahnson, and Fogle Flats. Clewell tends to have a more traditional dorm life with suite-style rooms, but is too loud for some tastes and is in need of renovations. Bitting and Bahnson both have 24-hour visitation policies, where other buildings have specified visitation hours, so they are popular. Strong recently became an honors house restricted to students in the honors program. South is pretty casual and laid back. The Fogle Flats are townhouses at the farthest end of campus. These are designated as senior priority housing, but juniors can room there if it doesn't fill up. There are six students in each two-story townhouse.
Salem College says that the term "dorms" implies where someone sleeps. Salem students do so much more in their buildings than just sleep, so the school prefers the term "residence halls." Each residence hall is different and seems to have its own personality, so there is quite a debate among students as to which are the best and which are the worst. It really depends on a student's personal tastes and preferences, as there are good and bad points to each building.