More than 2,900 students live in UAB's residence halls. They know that being able to walk to your classes and on-campus activities make it a lot easier to keep up. They know that living with your friends is bound to make you comfortable, and living with a big group of new and different strangers is bound to broaden your horizons a bit and make you some new friends. They know that walking, biking, or DARTing around Southside is a lot easier than trying to find parking. They know their parents are more comfortable knowing that campus is safe and patrolled by real law enforcement officers. (They also know that they're more comfortable knowing that, but they're too cool to say it.) And they know that being able to stumble over to Starbucks in their jammies first thing in the morning makes the rest of the day go a little more smoothly.