Living with a Roommate

Living with a roommate in residence.

Is this your first time living with a roommate? If it is, you’ll find lots of help here!

Living with people can be one of your best university experiences. It can also be challenging. Here’s the good news: you can create a positive, fulfilling relationship with your roommate, and all the people in your house, by communicating and being patient.

Sound easy? It is. Although at certain stress-filled times–during exams, midterms, writing papers–your roommate may drive you mad, simply by being there. That's why it's important early in the year to talk to your roommate about things that can cause conflict.

To help with this sometimes-awkward conversation, we have put together a short handbook that includes a sample "contract".