Dormitory (Education) Law and Legal Definition

Dormitory is a college or university building containing living quarters for students. It is a residence hall consisting of sleeping quarters or entire buildings primarily providing sleeping and residential quarters for large numbers of people, often boarding school, college, or university students. A residential hall includes student rooms, bathrooms, common rooms, dining area and a cafeteria. A dormitory is also known as a dorm or a residence hall. A U.S. residence hall room holds two students with no toilet. Generally, residence halls have communal bathroom facilities.

Sometimes, residence halls are segregated by sex. In such residence halls, men live in one group of rooms, and women in another. Most colleges and universities offer coeducational dorms, where men and women reside on separate floors but in the same building. Sometimes, both sexes share a floor but with individual rooms. In some public universities, dorms allow people of opposite sexes to share a room. Some colleges and university coeducational dormitories also feature coeducational bathrooms. Mostly, residence halls are situated nearer to the campus.