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All About Roommates ... Tips for Building a Healthy and Successful Roommate Relationship
Get to know your roommate by attending on-campus events together, going to see a movie
or eating meals together. By setting aside time, you will begin to understand each
other better; understanding each other is the first step in building a healthy roommate
Not everyone can form instant friendships or relationships. Take the time to get to
know each other. The Residence Life staff suggests giving yourself at least three
weeks before you decide you cannot live with someone. Don't miss out on the opportunity
to create long lasting friendships.
You and your roommate may be very different. People communicate differently, so make
a genuine effort to open up to your roommate. Keep a positive attitude and an open
mind; you will discover there is much to be learned from someone whose background,
culture, values and interests are different than your own.
In order to avoid frustration, discuss your expectations with your roommate. Keep
in mind you may have to compromise with your roommate; it is normal for roommates
to have different expectations. Some topics to address are study habits, sleep schedules,
items for sharing, items for personal use, visitation and room up-keep.
Sometimes a roommate may just be having a bad day. Listen to your roommate and be
understanding; sometimes listening is the best way to find the root of the problem.
Living with a roommate and college, in general, is a new adjustment period for everyone.
Give your roommate the benefit of the doubt before criticizing his/her actions.
Most problems can be solved with communication. Do not let problems build up. Talk
openly and honestly about concerns with your roommate. Just remember timing is everything.
If you know your roommate is having a bad day, hold off until an optimal opportunity
for addressing the situation arises.
Sharing a room is a big adjustment for many people. Even if you are best friends,
always being together may be too much of a good thing. You will both need alone time.
Most of the time roommates have different class schedules; but, if you don't have
a natural "break" from each other, talk about creating one.
Everyone has a comfort level for sharing items with roommates. Always ask before you
borrow something; it will help avoid roommate frustration. Also, remember that just
because your roommate has let you use something in the past, he/she may not want you
using it all the time.
Let each other know in advance when important events (papers, projects, tests) are
coming up. With advanced notice, your roommate may be able to make other plans in
order to give you some quiet time.
Not all roommates become best friends, but most naturally learn how to get along with
each other. In the unlikely event you have an unbearable living situation, contact
your Area Coordinator to discuss the room change process.