All freshmen and sophomores live in the dorms, and most students feel that this is a valuable part of connecting with other students. There are few complaints about Furman's dorms, although most students agree that Blackwell is the worst residence hall. South housing is popular for its large rooms, convenience to the University Center, and social atmosphere. But many are attracted to Lakeside's view of the lake and suite bathrooms. While many cringe at the community bathrooms, others are glad to live in a place where the bathroom is professionally cleaned everyday, and they force freshmen to interact with their hallmates.
Each freshman hall has a theme, and halls compete against each other fiercely during orientation week. Many freshmen form social groups from their hall and brother/sister halls which last all four years. RAs and freshman advisors, or Frads, are dedicated to adapting their hall to college life. The social atmosphere of dorm life seems to overshadow most shortcomings of the dorms themselves. However, some are furnished with outdated and decrepit furniture, and the mattresses leave much to be desired. Recently, some freshmen have been forced to turn double rooms into triples due to a housing shortage. Still, some students find it hard to leave the dorms after two years.