In United Kingdom usage, a building providing sleeping and residential quarters for large numbers of people is called a hall of residence (university students), house (members of a religious community or pupils at a boarding school), hostel (students, workers or travellers) or barracks (military personnel).In the United Kingdom, halls of residence almost entirely have single occupancy rooms, are almost always mixed sex, with residents being allocated to adjacent rooms regardless of sex.
Where this does occur, it is so remarkable as to be newsworthy (for example the mixed sex sharing of bedrooms in the Norwegian Army The terms "dorm" and "residence hall" are often used interchangeably in the US.
However, within the residence life community, the term "residence hall" is preferred.
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.
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.
Where they exist, such individual councils are usually part of a larger organization called, variously, a Residence Hall Association, a Resident Students Association, or a Junior Common Room Committee, which typically provides funds and oversees the individual building council.
These student-led organizations are often connected together at a national level by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).
Most colleges and universities offer coeducational dorms, where either men or women reside on separate floors but in the same building or where both sexes share a floor but with individual rooms being single-sex.
In the early 2000s, dorms that allowed people of opposite sexes to share a room became available in some public universities.