Salisbury provides housing to a large percentage of the freshman population, but not all. There are seven new-student halls, divided into four traditional and three high-rise halls. The traditional halls are further divided into two coed and two single-gender halls. These halls contain common bathrooms—one for the entire floor—study lounges, and a laundry room. The three high-rise buildings are all coed and are in cluster arrangements, meaning there are five double rooms surrounding one bathroom. These halls also have study lounges and laundry rooms. Of all the amenities, the laundry system is the greatest attraction, as it is quite easy to use. An automated system injects the right amount of detergent for the load, which removes the worry of measuring the correct amount by eye.
SU is beginning a renovation of its residence halls to expand and modernize them with even more technology. Nevertheless, many students tend to move off campus after their freshman year to University-owned housing surrounding campus. However, the upperclassman dorms—Chesapeake, St. Martin, and Dogwood Village—also provide an independent living experience. Dogwood Village provides single housing for students who wish to live alone; St. Martin provides housing for groups of four with two double rooms joined by a common bathroom; and Chesapeake is the most sought-after upperclassman dorm because it provides apartment-style living for eight people with a full kitchen and living room. Overall, no matter what hall you live in, Residence Life certainly makes every effort to ensure on-campus living is an enjoyable experience. This culminates with the Spring Olympics, a hall-to-hall competition in everything from board games to Capture the Flag. The prize? A year of bragging rights.