Since Gettysburg is a residential college, living on campus is required for first-years, and strongly recommended for everyone else. The administration really had to make an effort to provide decent and varied housing for both first-year and upperclass students and, for the most part, they succeeded. There are numerous freshman dorms that are neither tremendously modern nor unconsciably dire. Upperclass housing has a number of different living options available. Single rooms are not hard to find, but it is also possible to live with as many as five other people in a suite if you so choose. The furniture provided in suite and apartment housing is basic and minimalist, and students will probably want to bring along their own furniture (computer chairs) to compliment what is provided.
The school's recent assimilation of local motels into its housing system has been a general success. Due to increasingly large incoming classes, traditional housing has been overloaded, resulting in the need to takeover nearby motels, which have been converted into student housing-usually suite-based double rooms. While farther off campus than most other housing, they are livable and provide a bit of a change from the dorm-building life that can permeate the early years of Gettysburg students.