Because freshmen are encouraged to live on campus during their first year, all of the freshmen-designated dorms are located less than five minutes away from the heart of campus. There's always been a lack of housing for non-honors upperclassmen, but freshmen and grad students are always well taken care of, even though the latter very often opt to live off campus. Overall, the dorms are spacious and well-maintained. The freshman dorms are the closest to the main campus and the classrooms, and they are under the most supervision, followed closely by the upperclassman dorms. There is at least one RA on each floor, and there are strict rules sanctioning coed visitation, cooking, alcohol (underage or otherwise), drugs, pets, and burning incense or candles. Anyone caught violating these rules is subject to expulsion from the dorm, or worse.
The graduate student and honors dorms are almost three blocks away from the main campus-presumably to foster a sense of autonomy among the students who live there-and are apartment- style. While most students don't like having to adjust to the restrictions placed on them, older students agree that adjusting to campus life is essential to enjoying your time at Howard. The most social dorm is undoubtedly Meridian, partly because it's coed, and partly because it is an upperclassman dorm that freshmen might get into if there are more incoming freshmen than the originally designated rooms. Your preference, or lack thereof, for any of the other dorms would depend on what you're specifically looking for.