On-campus housing provides such amazing experiences for students, from freshman year all the way to senior year. Freshmen are guaranteed housing, and about 90 percent of freshmen take it because of the great, unique experience it provides for new UNCW Seahawks. Freshman housing is all about options because there are quite a few varieties of housing styles from which to choose. Suite-style, traditional hall-style, women's housing, learning communities, honors and international housing, and pod-style and apartment layouts are options available to freshmen. To obtain primary choices, first-year students should put in preferences early. However, pretty much everyone absolutely loves wherever they live freshman year—no matter which hall it is—and will favor their hall as "the best." Some of these residence halls are older, but all have air conditioning and daily housekeeping for the halls and bathrooms, and any maintenance requests are quickly responded to for free. Cornerstone Hall houses the newest freshman housing, with painted walls instead of cinder blocks, and has the learning-community housing style. The environments in the residence halls are so important during the first year, and students should not pass up the opportunity. Not only do students meet so many new friends and participate in social experiences, but they also are able to form study groups and meet people within their majors.
After freshman year, upperclassman apartments are great options, as they feature modern amenities, and spacious and convenient living arrangements. It's such a great decision to stay on campus all four years because of the immense convenience to classes and campus involvement. The residential living communities are in an "L" shape around the backside of UNCW, and it is typically around a 10- to 15-minute walk to class, but a lot quicker with a bike or skateboard.