University Housing

Getting Ready for a Roommate

Welcome to University Housing 

We want your time with us to be enjoyable, comfortable, and welcoming. Part of our dedication to ―Living, Learning, Leading, includes giving our community members tips and instruction on how to have your first and most important roommate discussion. Our core values for the roommate relationship are::

  • Mutual Respect for each roommate’s belongings, value system, and the right to live and study safely.
  • Communication between roommates on any and all issues that affect the roommate relationship.
  • Flexibility within the roommate relationship and the community, as conditions may change from time to time.

Getting Ready for a Roommate

Sharing a room and living in a community are learned skills. There are benefits to developing good relationships. Relationship skills you build now will serve you later in other relationships. College students are mature and capable of handling the responsibilities of this opportunity: responsibilities including confronting someone who is violating your rights, being accountable for your own behavior, and recognizing the compromises necessary for living with other people. In order to do this, communication is a necessity!

Differences are normal, and are an opportunity for growth and learning about different people and their styles. Some roommates will become close friends—many will never be close, but will live together respectfully. Each roommate owes the other the courtesy of speaking to them first. The basis of every new relationship is communication. Don't put off problems! By communicating openly, directly, and immediately as issues arise, they are more easily resolved. Don't assume that relationships will be conflict-free. All real relationships have conflict! Conflict can even be a tool of interpersonal growth!

roommates posing for photo