First-year students and their roommates are paired up based on information provided in the roommate questionnaire and on their first-year seminar. We try to bring together students with similar interests and living habits, but we also ask that you be open to and respectful of difference. Remember that every person is different. What seems normal to you may be foreign to your roommate.
Communication is the key to living with a roommate. Whether you and your roommate get along or not, living with someone new will teach you valuable life lessons. You will learn to respect someone else’s space and articulate your wants and needs.
Each roommate pair/group should come up with an individual "Bill of Rights." The following list of rights is what you and your roommate should consider when working out disputes. These are each resident’s basic rights.
If you do have conflicts with your roommate and cannot solve the situation yourself, your Resident Assistant (RA) is a great resource to help solve any miscommunications. Area Coordinators are also available to help work through any challenges you may have.
We recommend that you and your roommate talk about the 21 items below and continue to talk about them on a regular basis because your ideas and attitudes may change—sometimes without you even realizing it.