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Housing & Residence Life: Roommates Relationships

Roommates 101

Having a roommate in college will be a new adventure. Whether it's an old friend or someone you have never met, you will be given the chance to learn something new about yourself and about other people. This section will give you lots of tips on how to get a roommate and how to get along in your new environment.

Requesting a Roommate

It is not necessary to request a specific roommate. As a matter of fact, meeting and living with someone new could turn out to be rewarding.  

If you would like to request a specific roommate, you may do so by using our online application. Just log into the online application through your student SHIP account, under the Roommate Search tab of the application search for your specific roommate, and then save. You will only be assigned to preferred roommates who confirm your request.

Roommate Assignments

Your roommate(s) information will be provided on your Application Status tab of your application. Neither assignment nor roommate contact information will be provided over the phone.

How to be a Good Roommate

Contact your roommate prior to moving in. Get to know each other and determine who will bring what on move-in day. Bring only one half of what you think you will need for the first three-four weeks of the semester, and plan to be flexible and open to your new roommate(s) - compromise is GOOD.

Even if you've known a person for years, but never lived together, you will learn new things. Here are some useful rules of the road:

  • Complete and discuss our Roommate Agreement. It can help you define expectations of one another. Roommates are asked to agree to support it as a basis for acceptable behavior in the apartment or suite.

  • Discuss the rules of the University.

  • Be honest with your roommate. Tell him/her when you do or don't like something that is going on in the apartment or suite. Don't let things fester, its best to deal with issues as they arise rather than waiting for them to pile up.

  • Your roommate has the right to read, study, and sleep just like you do. Try to keep noise, guests, and other distractions to a minimum. Ask first before inviting over a bunch of friends.

  • Don't borrow your roommate's stuff without asking. Chances are they will be happy to share food or lend you that really nice sweater or blouse.

  • Check with your roommates about same gender overnight guests. Remember, it is their space too.

  • Keep it clean. Nobody likes dirty dishes. If you feel like you're doing all the cleaning, suggest setting a regular schedule so everyone has some responsibility.

  • Common areas in the apartment like the kitchen and living room are open to everyone in the apartment. Try to keep your personal effects in your own room unless you don't mind other people using them.

  • Personal space is personal space. Respect your roommate's privacy.

  • Make sure your guests know and follow the rules you and your roommates have established.

  • Don't try to be the boss of everything. Treat your roommate as an equal and be ready to compromise.

  • If a roommate conflict should arise, your Resident Assistant can use the roommate agreement to more effectively mediate the situation.

Relocation Requests

Residents may request relocation to another space by completing a Room Change Request. Housing and Residence Life, at its sole discretion, may allow or refuse the relocation request. Additionally, Housing and Residence Life staff will require a roommate mediation, roommate agreement, or meeting with a staff member prior to consideration of a room change request.