Roommates and room changes
Living on campus can be very different than living with your family. You may or may not know your roommate very well. You may come from a different part of the world. While these new experiences may initially seem intimidating to you, they offer you many different avenues for personal growth and understanding.
Roommate relationships are the foundations for community development, and a chance to make lifelong friendships. It isn't necessary to be best friends or share every aspect of university life together, but it is important that roommates respect each other's rights.
Get to know your roommate. Where are they from? What are their family and friends like? What are their hobbies and interests? How neat are they? What is their sleep schedule? How do they act when upset/down?
Get to know their expectations, personal preferences and habits. Find out if you can share each other's food, if you will grocery shop together, or split the fridge in half. Can they use your cups, plates and utensils, and your hairdryer? These may seem like silly questions, but almost all roommate issues are caused by these little things that, when not discussed, can cause bigger issues down the road.
If you're not getting along
Don't be surprised if you find yourself in conflict with your roommate. Disagreements are unavoidable and even the best of friends can get in arguments. This doesn't mean that you can't get along or won't get along.
- Don't be afraid to approach your roommate with something that is bothering you. It is important to do this when it firsts starts bothering you.
- If you cannot come to a solution then contact your RA. They are trained to facilitate and mediate these situations and can even sit down with both of you if you wish or talk to your roommate for you. If all else fails then...
- You can both be placed on a Roommate Agreement. Whoever breaks this agreement may be forced to move by the Coordinator.
Room changes are discouraged and are solely at the discretion of the Residence Life Coordinator. Room changes are prohibited until October.
If you are having issues with your roommate and unable to work them out on your own, please speak to the Residence Life Coordinator.