Getting Along with Your Roommate

Students experience many changes in college - meeting new people, sharing a bathroom with others, and having a roommate. Roommates often become good friends, and communication is a vital factor in the establishment of a solid roommate relationship. Here are some tips for you, as a student, to adjust to a roommate:

  • The Roommate Starter is designed to get students to think and talk about some of the "ground rules" of living together. It has a series of questions regarding use of the room, sharing belongings, security, visitors, etc. as well as some things to help students get to know each other better. 
  • If your roommate does something that upsets you, talk with your roommate, understand each other's point of view, and come to an agreement on future behavior.  
  • If you and your roommate cannot work the situation out, there are Resident Advisors (RA's) living on every floor. RA's are trained to help students resolve differences and come to an agreeable solution. They can help, but they need to know the problem - talk with the RA. 
  • Each building/complex has a live-in Hall Director, which is a full-time professional staff member. If the RA cannot succeed in resolving the conflict, the Hall Director is another resource to assist with this.

Communication, patience, and honesty will go a long way toward a successful roommate relationship.

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