With the expansion of Simmons, Residence Life has quickly renovated many of the dorms on campus. Within the past several years, six of the nine dorms have been renovated, with plans for the rest within the next five years. The introduction of suite-style rooms in Smith and Evans has filled the niche for students thinking about apartment living. Rooms are assigned through a housing lottery, and seniors are given priority. First years looking to have the best room on campus are given a hard dose of reality, and unless they have requested specialized housing, they are randomly assigned a room and a roommate or roommates.
Typical rooms host two students, though triples are a possibility, and suites house four or five students. Living on campus is not for everyone, but students who choose to move off campus often miss the community and even Bartol. The dorms are modestly furnished—most students just need a rug or refrigerator. Cable and Internet access are free to students, local phone service and voicemail are also provided, and each hall has at least one kitchen for students. There are restrictions when living on campus—hot plates, candles, and incense are not allowed. Much to the disappointment of students looking for on-campus housing, the increase in the number of undergraduates has eliminated the four-year housing guarantee once offered.