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. 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.