If you are a freshman, and live on campus, you will be living in Boland or Aquinas Hall—drop down on your knees and beg for Boland. Boland Hall houses more than 1,000 freshmen, and half of them are of the opposite sex. This will be the first time that most of the students will be living on their own, which will form special bonds within the confines of the dormitory. Aquinas is a dungeon: dark, damp, and confusing to find your way around. As you progress through the University, you have other choices of residency—Xavier being the biggest, and most sought after, dorm. It is the most appealing because it is the newest dorm with the biggest rooms, and it is located at the center of campus. Xavier is the choice of most of the athletes, who get first crack at picking their residency, which speaks volumes to its popularity. Cabrini is where many Greeks live, Neumann is a middle-of-the-line dormitory, and then there is Serra, which is the Aquinas equivalent of upperclassmen’s dormitories.
If you would prefer to feel like you are living off campus, but still need financial aid to pay for housing, Ora Manor and Turrell Manor are calling your name. Ora Manor sits about half a mile from campus, but has all the great feelings of a real apartment, down to paying for utilities. Turrell Manor is similar, except is directly across the street from campus and demands community service from all its residents. A word of warning if you choose to live in Ora or Turrell Manor: don’t think that because you live there that you will get a parking pass for campus; the administration doesn’t consider you a commuter.