Dormitory typically refers in the United States to residence halls, which are sleeping quarters or entire buildings primarily providing sleeping and residential quarters for large numbers of people, often boarding school, college or university students. Warsaw University of Technology ( Polish: Politechnika Warszawska) is the largest academic school of technology in Poland, and one of the largest in Watterson Towers is a student Residence hall at Illinois State University, in Normal Illinois. Illinois State University is a Public university in Normal Illinois and is the oldest public institution of Higher education in the state. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A boarding school is a School where some or all pupils not only study but also live during term time with their fellow students and possibly teachers College ( Latin collegium) is a term most often used today to denote an Educational Institution. A university is an institution of Higher education and Research, which grants Academic degrees in a variety of subjects The U.K. equivalent for universities is Hall of residence, although "dormitory" is still used for schools. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located
Most colleges and universities provide (usually for a fee) single or multiple occupancy rooms for their students. These buildings consist of many such rooms, like an apartment building, and the number of rooms varies quite widely from just a few to hundreds. The largest dormitory building is Bancroft Hall at the United States Naval Academy. Bancroft Hall at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, is the largest single Dormitory in the world The United States Naval Academy is an undergraduate college in Annapolis, Maryland, United States that educates and commissions officers of the United States
Many colleges and universities no longer recognize the word "dormitory" and staff are now using the term residence hall (analogous to the United Kingdom "hall of residence") or simply "hall" instead. This is promoted as better describing a living and learning community that is part of the larger academic institution. When the word "dorm" was first adapted for universities and colleges, the atmosphere of the buildings served as places for students to sleep. Often students had a curfew to be in the building for "lights out" and a "dorm mother" was in charge of running the building. This is no longer true as residence halls as of 2007 strive to provide a more inclusive community for residents. Features of life such as cafeterias, academic centers, active and passive programming, resident assistants and hall coordinators have given a new experience to living on campus.
College and university residential rooms vary in size, shape, facilities and number of occupants. Typically, a United States residence hall room holds two students with no toilet. A toilet is a Plumbing fixture and disposal system primarily intended for the disposal of the bodily wastes: Urine and fecal matter. This is usually referred to as a "double". Often, residence halls have communal bathroom facilities. In the United States, residence halls are sometimes segregated by sex, with men living in one group of rooms, and women in another. Sex segregation is the separation of people according to their Gender. Some dormitory complexes are single-sex with varying limits on visits by persons of each sex. For example, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana has a long history of Parietals, or mixed visiting hours. The University of Notre Dame du Lac (or simply Notre Dame) (ˌnoʊtɚˈdeɪm is a private Roman Catholic Research university located in The State of Indiana ( was the 19th US state admitted into the union Most colleges and universities offer coeducational dorms, where either men and women reside on separate floors but in the same building or where both sexes share a floor but with individual rooms being single-sex. An organism's sex is defined by the gametes it produces males produce male gametes (spermatozoa or Sperm) while females produce female gametes (ova or Egg cells; individual In the early 2000s, dorms that allowed people of opposite sexes to share a room became available in some public universities.  Some colleges and university coeducational dormitories also feature coeducational bathrooms.
Most residence halls are much closer to campus than comparable private housing such as apartment buildings. This convenience is a major factor in the choice of where to live since living physically closer to classrooms is often preferred, particularly for first-year students who may not be permitted to park vehicles on campus.
Halls located away from university facilities sometimes have extra amenities such as a recreation room or bar. As with campus located residence halls, these off-campus halls commonly also have Internet facilities, either through a network connection in each student room, a central computer cluster room, or Wi-Fi. The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks A ResNet (also Resnet or ResNET) which stands for residential network (or a variation of this phrase is a relatively large Local area network Wi-Fi (ˈwaɪfaɪ is the trade name for the popular wireless technology used Catered halls may charge for food by the meal or through a termly subscription. They may also contain basic kitchen facilities for student use outside catering hours. Most halls contain a laundry room.
In U. K. universities these buildings are usually called "halls of residence" (commonly referred to as "halls"), except at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, St Andrews, York, Lancaster and Kent where the residential accommodation is incorporated in each college's complex of buildings, and there is no specific term for it (members of the college who live in its own buildings are usually said to be "living in", or "living in college"), although "halls of residence" is still used at times. The University of Oxford (informally "Oxford University" or simply "Oxford" located in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England is the The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University) located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the Durham University is a University in Durham, England. It was founded as the University of Durham (which remains its official and legal name The University of St Andrews is the oldest University in Scotland and third oldest in the English-speaking world, having been founded between The University of York is a Campus university in the city of York, England. Lancaster University (officially " The University of Lancaster " is a British University in Lancaster, Lancashire, The University of Kent is a plate glass campus University in Kent, England.
The terms "residence hall" and "dorm" are often used interchangeably. However, within the residence life community, the term "residence hall" is preferred. According to the University of Oregon, their facilities "provide not just a place to sleep, but also opportunities for personal and educational growth. The University of Oregon (UO is a public, Coeducational Research university in Eugene Oregon, United States. Highly trained Residence Life staff and Hall Government officers support this objective by creating engaging activities and programs in each hall or complex. "
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan has the largest residence hall system in the United States. Michigan State University ( MSU) is a co-educational public Research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. 16,000 students live within 23 different undergraduate buildings, one graduate hall, and three apartment villages. Freshmen are required to live on the 45,000+ student campus for at least their first year. 
The Watterson Towers at Illinois State University are among the tallest residence halls in the world. Watterson Towers is a student Residence hall at Illinois State University, in Normal Illinois. Illinois State University is a Public university in Normal Illinois and is the oldest public institution of Higher education in the state. The 28-story complex, which was built in 1967 holds over 2,200 students and its buildings are 91 meters tall. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar.
The Sandburg Halls at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee consists of four high rise towers with a total housing capacity of 2,700 students. Sandburg Halls is a student Residence hall on Maryland Ave Milwaukee Wisconsin on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (also known as UW-Milwaukee, UWM or Milwaukee) is a public Research university located in 
Dobie Center, an off-campus, 27-story private dormitory next to The University of Texas at Austin, stands at 112 meters. Dobie Center, named after J Frank Dobie, is a privately owned twenty-seven story residence hall located adjacent to the University of Texas at Austin campus In addition to being a private residence for students, Dobie also contains a 2 story mall, a movie theatre, restaurants, and specialty stores.
The Valkendorfs Kollegium at the University of Copenhagen was founded in 1589. Valkendorfs Kollegium is the oldest Dormitory in Denmark and was founded on 26 February 1589 by the Nobleman Christopher Valkendorf The University of Copenhagen (Københavns Universitet is the oldest and largest University and research institution in Denmark. Though not as old as some of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, it is among the oldest dormitories in the world. Oxford is currently bidding for the 2010 Wikimania Conference Oxford () is a city, and the County town of Oxfordshire, The city of Cambridge (ˈkeɪmbrɪdʒ is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England
The Stone Frigate at Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario was constructed in 1820 to store part of the dismantled fleet from the War of 1812. Stone frigate is a nickname for a naval establishment on land The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC is the Military academy of the Canadian Forces, and is a degree-granting University. Kingston Ontario is a Canadian city located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, where the lake runs into the St The former warehouse was converted into a dormitory and classrooms when the college was established in 1874. The Stone Frigate, a designated heritage building, was closed for more than 18 months for major renovations to the interior and exterior of the dormitory.
The Capstone House at University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina completed in 1967, standing at 18 stories, has the only revolving restaurant on an American college campus located on the 18th floor know as Top of Carolina Dining Room. This article is about the University of South Carolina in Columbia Columbia is the state capital and largest city in the US state of South Carolina. .
East Halls at Penn State located in State College, Pennsylvania has the largest dormitory complex in the world. The following is a list of the residence halls within the Pennsylvania State University system The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant, space grant public research University State College is the largest borough in Centre County in the U The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ( often colloquially referred to as PA (its abbreviation by natives and Northeasterners is a state located in the Northeastern 
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Potomac Hall, second-largest dormitory at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Regensen (original Latin name Collegium regium) is a Dormitory for students at the University of Copenhagen and Technical University Copenhagen (ˌkəʊpənˈheɪgən ˌkəʊpənˈhɑːgən ˈkəʊpənˌheɪgən ˈkəʊpənˌhɑːgən kʰøb̥ənˈhɑʊ̯ˀn kʰøb̥m̩ˈhɑʊ̯ˀn is the capital and largest city The Kingdom of Denmark ( ˈd̥ænmɑɡ̊ (archaic ˈd̥anmɑːɡ̊ commonly known as Denmark, is a country in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe
Sample residence hall at California State University, Monterey Bay. California State University Monterey Bay ( CSUMB) is a small Public university in the California State University system on the site of the former
Bowles Hall at UC Berkeley, a medieval castle style dormitory limited to male freshmen. The Gothic Revival is an architectural movement which began Bowles Hall is an all-male residence Dormitory at the University of California Berkeley. The University of California Berkeley (also referred to as Cal, Berkeley and UC Berkeley) is a major research university located in Berkeley
Bethlehem Hall, a dormitory at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
At some schools, each residence hall has its own hall council. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, commonly referred to as CUHK, is the second oldest university in Hong Kong This article is concerned with architectural aspects of Modernism; for the most recent developments in architecture see Contemporary architecture. Bennington College is a nationally recognized liberal arts college located in Bennington Vermont. Sandburg Halls is a student Residence hall on Maryland Ave Milwaukee Wisconsin on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (also known as UW-Milwaukee, UWM or Milwaukee) is a public Research university located in Litchfield Towers commonly referred to on campus as "Towers" is a complex of dormitories at the University of Pittsburgh 's main Campus in the The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a non-sectarian coeducational independent state-related, "public" research University Where they exist, such individual councils are usually part of a larger organization called, variously, Residence Hall Association, Resident Students Association, or Junior Common Room Committee which typically provides funds and oversees the individual building council. In the United States, a Residence Hall Association (RHA is a student-run University Residence hall governing body In some universities in the United Kingdom — particularly collegiate universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Durham — the academic body Hall councils plan social events and voice concerns for their residents to the university or college staff responsible for overall management of halls.
University residence halls are normally staffed by a combination of both students and professional residence life staff. Student staff members or Resident Assistants, act as liaisons, counselors, mediators and policy enforcers. A resident assistant, commonly shortened to " RA " is a trained student leader within a College or University, who is given the responsibility The student staff is supervised by a graduate student or a full-time residence life professional. Staff members frequently arrange programming activities to help residents learn about social and academic life during their college life.
U. Connaught Hall is a fully catered Hall of residence owned by the University of London and situated on Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London The University of London is a university based primarily in London, England, UK. K. halls often run a similar setup to that in the U. S. , although the resident academic responsible for the hall is known by the terms of "warden" and may be supported by a team of vice-wardens, sub-wardens or senior-members; forming the SCR (Senior Common Room). In some universities in the United Kingdom — particularly collegiate universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Durham — the academic body These are often students or academic staff at the relevant university/college. Many UK halls also have a JCR (Junior Common Room) committee, usually made up of second year students who stayed in that hall during their first year. In some universities in the United Kingdom — particularly collegiate universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Durham — the academic body The facilities in the hall are often managed by an individual termed the Bursar.
Residence Halls typically have housekeeping staff to maintain the cleanliness of common rooms including lobbies and bathrooms. Students are normally required to maintain the cleanliness of their own rooms and private or semi-private bathrooms, where offered.
Dormitories have replaced barracks at most U. Barracks are living quarters for personnel on a Military post S. military installations. Much new construction includes private bathrooms, but most unaccompanied housing as of 2007 still features bathrooms between pairs of rooms. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Traditional communal shower facilities, typically one per floor, are now considered substandard and are being phased out.
U. S. military dormitory accommodations are generally intended for two junior enlisted single personnel per room, although in most cases this is slowly being phased out in favor of single occupancy in accordance with newer Department of Defense standards. The United States Department of Defense ( DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government
All branches of the U. S. military except the Air Force still refer to these dormitory-style accommodations as "barracks". The Air Force, in contrast, refers to all unaccompanied housing, including basic training open-bay barracks housing dozens per room as well as unaccompanied housing for senior ranking personnel, which resemble apartments and are only found in a select number of overseas locations, as "dormitories". Recruit training is the initial Indoctrination and instruction given to new military personnel
In the U. K. and Canada a dormitory has a different meaning, and is used for a room with more than one bed. Examples are found in British boarding schools and many rooming houses such as hostels but have nowadays completely vanished as a type of accommodation in university halls of residence. Hostels provide budget-oriented accommodation where guests can rent a bed, sometimes a Bunk bed in a Dormitory and share a bathroom In hostels the room typically has very few furnishings except for beds. Such rooms can contain anywhere from three to 50 beds (though such very large dormitories are rare except perhaps as military barracks). Barracks are living quarters for personnel on a Military post Such rooms provide little or no privacy for the residents, and very limited storage for personal items in or near the beds.
Formerly, many companies in the U. S. and elsewhere housed employees in dormitories. This practice has dwindled, but continues in other countries. In the Netherlands the law forbids companies to offer housing to their employees, because the government wants to prevent people who have just lost their job adding to their stressful situation by having to search for new housing.
In Japan, many of the larger companies still offer to their newly graduated freshmen a room in a dormitory. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. A room in such a dormitory often comes with a communal cook (for the men) or rooms with furnished kitchen blocks (for the women). Usually the employees pay a very small amount of money to enable the men (especially) to save money to buy a house when they get married.
Housing units in correctional facilities that house more than the one or two prisoners normally held in cells are referred to as "dormitories" as well. A prison, penitentiary, or correctional facility is a place in which individuals are physically confined or interned and usually deprived of a range of Housing arrangements can vary widely. In some cases, correctional dormitories in low-security institutions may almost resemble their academic counterparts, with the obvious differences of being locked at night, being administered by corrections officers, and subject to stricter institutional rules and fewer amenities. In other institutions, dormitories may be large rooms, often converted from other purposes such as gymnasiums in response to overcrowding, in which hundreds of prisoners have bunks and lockers.