When you live on campus, it’s quite likely that you will have at least one roommate. While several residence halls have private bedrooms, there are still common spaces like bathrooms and lounges that you’ll share with others.
It can be a challenge to live with a roommate – especially if you are used to having your own room. Even if you shared a room growing up, living with a roommate is different than sharing space with siblings.
Here are some tips to help you learn how to be a good roommate yourself and have a great experience with your roommate(s).
- Roommate groups must be confirmed by May 1 in order to receive the same time slot to select a room
- A time slot for room selection will be given based on the average of the applications received for confirmed/verified roommates
Once you select your room, you will be able to view your roommate information. We encourage you to contact your new roommate before arriving to campus and communicate about who will be bringing which items or just to get to know each other.
Pro Tip: Meet your new roomie in person or video chat. You'll make a better connection than if you just text, send snaps or stalk their social profiles.
Because of many new housing applicants and cancellations that occur over the summer, roommate information can change, so be sure to check your Housing Portal periodically to see if your roommate information has changed.
You and Your Roommate(s)
We find that many students have never had to share a bedroom with anyone else, so it can be an adjustment living with someone else for the first time.
All students have certain needs and expectations about living with a roommate and it is very important to communicate those expectations with your new roommate(s).
Your RA will have a Roommate Agreement for you and your roommate to review and talk about.
This is a helpful tool to start conversations about topics like having guests over, taking out the trash/recycling, or sharing personal items to help prevent such issues coming up during the year.
The key to any positive relationship is open communication about likes and dislikes and coming to an agreement all roommates are comfortable with.
It is important to go through this process even if you know the person you will be living with, rather than assuming you don't have anything to discuss.
Room Change Requests
Room change requests can be a result of many things, including wanting a different residence hall or room type, moving in with a friend, or possibly a roommate conflict. No matter the situation, know that the room change process can take some time depending on how many requests are received and what spaces are available.
Summer Room Change Process
Prior to the start of Fall Semester, a room change request process will be available July 1-15 in your Housing Portal. Our office will accommodate requests prior to the start of Fall Semester as space allows. If we can accommodate your request, you will be notified via email and your information will be updated on your Housing Portal.
Room Change Requests After You've Moved In
- Talk to your roommate – If you are having a roommate conflict, please have a verbal conversation with them to talk about how things are going and what is bothering you. Here are some helpful hints in working through a roommate conflict:
- Talk to your RA – If you have had a conversation with your roommate and tried to work things out, but your situation has not improved, please contact your RA. Your RA is a great resource who will assist you in having a difficult conversation. They may also assist in facilitating a conversation between you and your roommate to set guidelines within your living situation which is feasible for all students involved.
- Talk to your Area Coordinator – You can also set up a meeting with your Area Coordinator to have a conversation about your current living situation.