The dorms on campus are quite nice and spacious in comparison with many other universities. SPU students will complain about the size, but that is because most have nothing to measure against it. However, if you invite a friend over from another college, he or she will be the first to correct you. Each of the four dorms has earned its own reputation, for better or worse. They are all similar structurally, except for the newest, Emerson Hall. Emerson is larger and suite-style, with a walk-in closet and a bathroom shared between two doubles. The other halls have smaller rooms shared between two or three students, and a community bathroom shared by the entire floor, which houses anywhere between 20 and 40 residents.
The dormitories are coed, but the individual floors are segregated by sex. In addition, there are "floor hours," which refer to hours where girls are allowed on boys' floors and vice versa. From 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., cross pollinating is permitted. On weekends and during finals week, floor hours are extended an extra hour until midnight. While this may seem like a strict policy, it is actually one of the most lenient of private Christian universities. It is not uncommon to have a countdown until floor hours are up, and a corresponding strip-down to chase any laggers out right quick. Living in the dorms is an essential piece of any college experience and a great way to make friends, learn new pranks, and find roommates you'll move off campus with in the years to come.