Living in the dorms is a huge part of the Swarthmore experience. 95% of students live in college housing each semester. Swat's 16 dorms range in size (from a cozy 8-person house to a lively 200-person dorm). All dorms house a diverse mix of students of different class years. Most first-years and sophomores live with roommates. During junior and senior years, most students live in single rooms.
Resident Assistants (RAs) live in every dorm. RAs counsel residents, foster dynamic dorm communities by hosting social events, ranging from small gatherings to large-scale BBQs, dorm formals and inter-dorm competitions.