Housing & Residence Life

Roommate Tips

Housing and Residence Life believes strongly in the value of the campus residential experience. This experience provides you with exciting opportunities to meet new people and to be exposed to different difference cultures and lifestyles. This can start with your roommate.

One of the key ingredients to a successful living experience is a solid relationship between roommates and a healthy roommate relationship takes time to develop. An important place to start is by getting to know each other. Make time to find out about your roommate’s background, habits, interests, and pet peeves. Talk about the differences between you, how they may affect your living environment and what compromises you both may have to maintain harmony. Discuss what you hope for in a roommate relationship.

Remember, while you may be very close to a person as a friend, your living habits may not be compatible. Take the time to discuss the following topics with your potential roommate before making a commitment to live together.

Talking Points

  • Schedules: study time versus sleep time, noise hours vs quiet hours
  • Guests: acceptable hours, overnight, significant others
  • Room Condition: temperature, cleanliness, bunking or lofting beds (as appropriate)
  • Sharing: personal belongings, shared expenses (CATV, telephone), etc.

Things to Remember

  • Many students have never had to share a bedroom before. Be prepared to compromise.
  • If a strong friendship develops between roommates, that's great, but don’t necessarily expect to be best friends. The important thing is to accept, appreciate, and grow from the experience of living with someone who may be very different from you.
  • Remember that each of you have rights. Treat your roommate(s) as you would like to be treated.
  • Don’t rely on first impressions. Make the time to know each other.

Think about how you would complete these statements:

  • I'm a good roommate because…
  • I would like to find a roommate who…