Housing & Residential Life
Connect with your roommate before arrival
We encourage you to call or e-mail your new roommate prior to seeking out other electronic communication. You may be able to meet your roommate in person before you move in if you live in nearby communities. Make sure that you get to know your roommate via more means than just Facebook. Facebook is a great way to stay in communication, but it does not always provide you with a complete image of a person.
Agree on expectations
What is most important in a roommate relationship is that you respect one another.
Maintain a healthy balance in your interactions.
Not all roommates will be best friends; in fact sometimes the best roommates are not.
Figure out your styles
During your chats with your future roommate it is a good idea to discuss the following:
• Lifestyle- What do you like to do for fun? How clean do you like to keep your space?
• What is your preferred nighttime routine? Do you like to go to bed early or stay up late?
• Preferred study times and study styles. Do you like to study with the TV or music on? Do you prefer to study at night or during the daytime hours?
Decide who will be bringing what
Things to consider: Refrigerator, TV, Electronics, Microwave, Dishes, Futon, Food (shared or individual).
If only one person is bringing something, discuss if it will be shared or individual use.
Discuss with your roommate how comfortable you are with guests etc. Please refer to the HRL Guest Policy to understand your options.
Discussing these things ahead of time will help make the transition to life in a Residence Hall easier for both you and your roommate. Upon arrival the Community Advisors and other HRL staff are here to make your experience the best it can be.
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