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Residence halls opening - fall 2017

LIFE WITH A ROOMMATE

Combining roommate needs with yours is crucial to a good living situation. Take time during the first week to get acquainted. Discuss important issues such as studying, privacy, neatness, personal hygiene, messages, etc. When compromises are made, be certain they are clear for both of you.

Even if you don't become best friends, respect and good communication can make living together a mutually satisfying experience. Be patient. Adjusting to a roommate doesn't happen overnight. Enter into the situation with good intentions and talk directly with one another about problems before complaining to others.

How you approach being a roommate has more to do with getting along than whether you share a lot of common interests. Share responsibilities, communicate concerns and show respect for one another. And don't forget that if you have any questions about how to build a good relationship with your roommate, your community advisers (CAs) and hall director are available to help.

Contacting your roommate

Some people are very excited to contact their roommate (via phone, Facebook, email, etc.); others are more laid back about contacting their roommate. Remember your roommate may not be at home in the summer - many students have jobs out of town/state or are spending parts of July and August on vacation. If you don't connect immediately, don't worry. They, too, have received their information about you being assigned as their roommate. You are provided with your roommate's "local" phone number (which usually is a cell phone number). It's usually best to not text until you connect and know that your roommate can be reached by text messages.

While many students like to make contact through social media venues (Facebook), we do caution you to make certain that the individual you are contacting is really the person assigned with you. Remember -- there are lots of people with "same names" and that has caused confusion for a few of our residents in the past. 

Things to chat about

When you contact your roommate for the first time, expect that there will be differences between the two of you. The goal of your first conversation is not to become best friends, but to establish a solid base of communication that you can build on once you arrive. Some things you may want to talk about include:

  • who is bringing "large" items (e.g., TV, refrigerator, etc.)
  • visitor and guest preferences
  • whether you are a morning or a night person
  • your major(s) and minor(s)
  • the way you like to study -- total silence; with music (remember headphones!)
  • what items in the room you will share and what is personal
  • what types of music you like
  • favorite TV shows and movies

After you arrive on campus, you and your roommate will complete a roommate agreement that covers topics such as study atmosphere preferences, sharing, cleaning your room, guests and more.

Didn't get your roommate preference?

Some roommate requests could not be honored because of an insufficient number of empty rooms. Depending on your living option preferences, you may be in the same hall. Remember the campus is fairly compact; you're not far from any of your friends in the halls!

 

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