Freshmen have little trouble meeting people whether they are in Kings Court/English House, Hill, or the Quad. Most people apply for the Quad as freshmen because they want a social atmosphere, but since many of these first-year students get placed in Kings Court/English House or Hill, these dorms end up being filled with friendly and social people as well. Ultimately, the Quad is the most popular not because of the likelihood of making friends, but rather, because of its central location, air conditioning, and relatively nice rooms. Kings Court and Hill, however, are self-sufficient. Both have dining halls and activity rooms that the Quad lacks.
DuBois is the perfect place for those interested in African-American studies, but in most people's opinion, its existence only promotes self-segregation of the African American student population from everyone else. The high-rises appeal to upperclassmen because they provide these students with kitchens and private bathrooms and bedrooms, as well as a close proximity to Fresh Grocer and the row of restaurants between Locust and Walnut. The amenities of each dorm are fairly ample; every dorm has laundry rooms, lounges, residential programs that sponsor trips and speakers, and much more. The quality of the rooms varies enormously. Some have sinks and fireplaces, while others could be used as a storage closet during the summer.