Roommate Guide

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Sharing a room/apartment for many college students is a new experience. To ensure good relations with your roommate, suitemate, or apartment-mate, remember that it is always a good idea to talk things over first.

Foundational Principles

Whether or not a resident has a roommate, suitemate, or apartment-mate, residents should be able to expect some foundational principles while living on campus. These six principles are dependent on surrounding community members. Each resident should hold themselves accountable to providing this environment for others around them.

Each resident should also take responsibility for communicating concerns to an RA or other staff member so that concerns can be addressed. Roommates should work together to define these principles specifically.

The six principles create an environment where residents: 

  • feel safe from harm
  • have a clean and well maintained space
  • are able to prioritize academic success
  • have respect for personal space and belongings
  • have an environment conducive to sleep
  • are able to communicate and resolve grievances

Early Communication

By talking about these key points with your roommate, you can help prevent conflicts before they happen.

  • Class schedules
  • Sleep times and preferences
  • Study location, times, and preferences
  • Sharing belongings and space
  • Standard of cleanliness and how cleaning will be managed  
  • Guests, visitors, and their use of space
  • Temperature
  • Noise

Roommate Agreement

  • Your RA will initiate the roommate agreement process at the beginning of the semester.
  • There is a form that you will work with your roommate to complete. 
  • Take this process seriously, even if it feels like you won’t have any issues with your roommate.
  • Once set, you should follow the agreement just like any other policies or expectations.
  • As you move through the year, you can work with your RA to address concerns and revise this agreement.

HRL Policies

Your Roommate Agreement cannot supersede laws, policies in the university’s Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook, or the Housing and Residential Life policies.


Steps for Addressing Concerns:

In any roommate situation, you should treat them with respect, consideration and openness. Roommate conflicts should be referred to your RA. If the RA cannot help resolve the conflict, contact your Area Director.

  1. Communicate with your roommate(s):
    • Respectfully, in person, openly
    • Reference your roommate agreement
  2. Notify your RA of unresolved concerns.
  3. Participate in a mediated meeting with your roommate(s) and RA.
  4. Amend your agreement and set guidelines for moving forward.
  5. Utilize area professional staff as needed.