Given that about 95 percent of Davidson students live on campus all four years, dorm quality is a pretty important aspect of Davidson life to consider. Many of Davidson’s dorms have been renovated within the last several years. Upon seeing the Rich or Watts lounges, people often exclaim that “it looks like Pier One Imports in there!” and it is not infrequent to hear Duke described as “a palace” because of its luxurious amenities and nice rooms. There are sinks in most rooms (with the exception of the Sophomore Apartments), and several dorms that are not immediately next to the free laundry service have self-service laundry rooms in their basements in case students prefer to do their own laundry.
As for Davidson’s “worst” dorms… it’s all relative. The majority of Davidson’s accommodations make it difficult to complain with any true sincerity. Because Davidson has done such a great job keeping the dorms updated, the smallest rooms are large in comparison to those of many schools, and the dorms are generally well-maintained. These days, the most complaints stem from Little and Sentelle, as the bathrooms are not always the cleanest. Additionally, the Sophomore Apartments are a “love it or hate it” type deal; they are avoided by many due to their cramped space, loudness during weekends, and distance from the center of campus, but are sought after by others for their fun atmosphere and proximity to Patterson Court.
As upperclassmen, Davidson students are given many excellent dorm options. Some prefer the suite-style living of Tomlinson, others the fun theme hall atmosphere at Duke. As seniors, however, Davidson students are rewarded for three years of hard work with the college-operated senior apartments, which are more than spacious with private living rooms, kitchens and even porches. In general, Davidson dorms are excellent, and the cause for complaint is minimal. Anyone would be at home here.