The Commons is a traditional-style freshman housing area located in the center of campus. The Commons are home to many of the Living Learning Communities, including the Freshmen Honors LLC. Hanover Hall is the central community building featuring a study lounge, TV lounge, laundry facilities, common kitchen area, vending area, and professional staff offices.
- The Commons house 500 residents in seven residence halls: Amherst, Brunswick, Carroll, Dickenson, Essex, Franklin, and Grayson.
- Each floor has community bathrooms and houses 26 to 30 residents double and single bedrooms.
- All rooms are furnished with beds, desks, chairs, dressers and closets. Carpets and window treatments are provided.
- The Commons is a non-smoking and alcohol free housing area.