Virginia Tech has 27 dorms and 18 Greek houses for students. Freshmen are required to live on campus their first year. Many choose to make that their one and only year in a dorm. A lottery system is used to pick who stays on campus past freshman year, and space is limited, so getting a spot can be a challenge. The majority of dorms are large with small rooms, no air-conditioning, and hall bathrooms. The few dorms that are suite-style, carpeted, and air conditioned are reserved for upperclassmen or leadership students. While dorms may be lacking in style and comfort, living in them does have its advantages. If you live on campus, you can head back to your room for a quick nap between classes. Dorm living is also a great way to get to know people your first year at school. The dorms also offer extras, like shared kitchens, laundry rooms, and study lounges.
Resident Advisors (RAs) are assigned to halls in the dorms. They’re there to make sure students don’t get in trouble, but they tend to be pretty lenient. If they see something suspicious, they have to follow up on it, but they don’t police the halls. They also don’t enforce the opposite-sex visiting hours very strictly. Most dorms have visiting hours from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. for the opposite sex, but no one comes around to make sure all the girls or all the guys are out. Also, Main Campbell, Harper, Hillcrest, New Residence, Peddrew-Yates, and Payne all have 24-hour visitation policies, so visitors can stay as long as you’d like.