Have you ever shared a room with someone? For some students, living with a roommate will be a new experience. While you and your roommate do not have to be close friends or share in every aspect of each other's lives, you do have to live together and share in many aspects of college life. The best way for you and your roommate to get to know each other and avoid unintentional conflicts is to talk about your likes, dislikes, sensitivities, and attitudes.
Your roommate most likely grew up in a different family, was educated in a different school, formed a different set of friends, and developed a set of values, beliefs, opinions, and habits that are different from your own. Most of us often overlook that our own habits, behaviors, and attitudes may cause unintended aggravation to others.
Some find it awkward at first to explore each other's backgrounds, goals, motivations, and lifestyles. Others have little difficulty finding these conversations. However, the patterns of cooperation, communication, and mutual trust can help make your room an enjoyable and comfortable place to live. We encourage you to sit down together and work out a living environment that is mutually agreeable. Your RA is available to assist you in getting to know your roommate and to help you complete a roommate agreement.
During the first week of the semester your RA will ask that you and your roommate fill out a roommate agreement form. This form goes into detail about how you and your roommate agree to live together. It is very important that you take the time to fill this out and take it seriously. If any challenges arise between you and your roommate, your RA can sit with you and go over the roommate agreement and make any changes necessary. Those who do not follow the roommate agreement may be reassigned to a different room.