Information adapted from The Naked Roommate.
Even though residence hall life often involves cramped quarters and communal bathrooms, there are a lot of reasons why it's great, especially for freshmen.
You meet people without even trying.
Amenities may include cable, Internet, heat, bathroom suites, air conditioning, coed floors, study suites, libraries, on-site counseling, mini food marts, and dining options.
Help, support, and answers to your questions are just a few doors away.
Great location—dorms are usually near classrooms, campus, and transportation.
Floor activities usually abound on the weekends (and often on weeknights).
Flyers, notes, and general information are easy to find on bulletin boards, on walls on the way to the dining hall, and in any common areas.
Cost is pretty reasonable (in most cases).