East and West halls are the newest and most popular dorms on campus—if you can't snag a place in the Village Apartments. There have been times when freshmen have occupied apartment housing, but it has been rare, as most get stuck with West or Maria halls as their only options. The two newer dorm buildings have the most aesthetic appeal and provide more amenities than Maria Hall. However, Maria Hall does have its advantages. It is located right above Marletto's dining area and just a few steps from Webster Hall, where most of the liberal arts courses are located. If you are a liberal arts major, most of your classes will be within Webster Hall, and scheduling time to get to class will not be much of a problem.
East and West halls are nearer to Sverdrup Complex and the music school, but it will still take some time to get to class in comparison to the closeness from Maria Hall to Webster Hall. The most highly demanded living area is the Webster Village Apartments, since they are the only housing options with an oven or stove and larger spaces. The apartments are more expensive than the dorms and are located right across from West and East halls, but they are a good option to consider for older, out-of-state students. Generally, housing is given on a first-come, first-served basis and fills up quite quickly. Out-of-state students will be given top priority for housing, while St. Louis residents are given whatever housing is left available.