TCNJ's small size makes its dormitory placement within comforting and convenient proximity to all academic and student activity buildings. All dormitories are connected via paths to the center of campus, and all (with the exception of the College Houses) are within or situated on the College loop, Metzger Drive. Freshmen are often situated in either Travers or Wolfe halls; these dormitories are not air-conditioned. Instead, emphasis is placed on an open social atmosphere with plenty of activities organized by the residence hall staff. Sophomore and transfer students are often given choices between the mid-range dormitories such as Centennial, Norsworthy, and ABE (Allen, Brewster, and Ely). They are also given housing in the more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable Eickhoff and New Residence dorms, which are newer than the other dorms and are often preferred by students. Juniors and seniors are often given the Townhouses or campus apartments at Phelps and Hausdoerffer, which are also preferred. However, some are also placed in Eickhoff and New Residence, and many leftover junior transfer students are placed in Norsworthy, ABE, or Centennial.
Campus housing is adequate, but it can be pricey for some, and as a result, many students end up either commuting during their last year or living with friends in noncampus apartments or rented houses, which saves money depending on the arrangement. The housing lottery is almost guaranteed to underclassmen, but upperclassmen must act fast and have alternate plans to secure housing, due to the College's increasing admitted population.