Living With Others
Roommate Starter Kit
Living with others can be both a challenging and rewarding experience in college. Community life often requires those living there to balance their needs with the needs of others. Sometimes conflicts occur among community members. The Office of Residence is available to assist resident students as they navigate community life.
Residents who find themselves in a roommate conflict should contact their Resident Advisor (RAs). RAs are able to help mediate a conversation between roommates and create a roommate contract. Students who are seeking a room change or additional support should contact the Resident Director of their building.
Here is a list of questions roommates should discus when they arrive:
- I prefer to go to bed at … and wake up at …
- In my free time, I like to …
- I like to study alone/with others … in quiet/with music … in room/in library.
- My favorite music is …
- How neat do you like your room to be?
- How will we divide the cleaning responsibilities?
- What temperature are you comfortable with? Do you prefer fans/open windows/heat?
- Do you feel comfortable sharing clothes, food, appliances, music, personal hygiene items, electronic equipment, computers, books, etc.?
- What items are/are not appropriate to share or borrow?
- Would you prefer if I asked to borrow an item before I use it?
- Should we buy/rent any items together? How should we split the cost? Who should keep it at the end of the year?
- Do you mind anyone sitting on your bed?
- Are there times when you would prefer guests NOT be in the room?
- Do you prefer advanced notice when I plan to have guests?
- What hours are acceptable to watch television/listen to the stereo? At what volume?
- Where should messages be left for you?
- How do you feel about alcohol and other drugs?
- How do you handle stress?
- How should we communicate when there is a problem?
- My pet peeves are …
Office of Residence Life