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Roommate Resources

As you complete your profile in the housing application, you will be asked a number of profile questions.

Keep in mind that living together provides a wonderful and unique opportunity to learn from other students. When you live with someone new, it will take time to learn about each other. Living together may present you with some challenges, but also with many rewards.

The residence hall experience reflects the diversity of the student body at the University of Delaware. Your are certain to find much in common with those with whom you live, and much that you will be able to learn.

Below is a guide to help you gauge your responses to profile questions. Most answers are on a Likert scale, meaning that you may choose a point along a range between two endpoints.

Beyond these questions, there are additional resources at the bottom of this page to help potential roommates build a respectful, successful roommate relationship.

1. Roommate Expectation: I view my roommate as someone:

Options: [I plan to have a separate life from my roommate] ↔ [I plan on being close friends with my roommate]

Consider this: Every roommate relationship should be founded on respect for each other and for the rules of the room, but unfulfilled expectations lead to disappointment. What is your expectation of your roommate relationship?

2. Condition of the room: How do you prefer your room most of the time?

Options: [Doesn't matter] ↔ [Clean and immaculate all the time]

Consider this: If the cleanliness of the room is important to you, but not to your roommate, or vice versa, you're set up for conflict. Is a tidy room a necessity, or is it the first thing put aside when you're busy with the demands of college life?

3. Condition of the room: How often do you clean your room?

Options: [Never] ↔ [Sometimes] ↔ [Daily]

Consider this: Custodial staff regularly clean common areas of residence halls, but students are responsible for keeping their rooms clean from move-in to move-out. Students living in suites and apartments will also be responsible for cleaning the shared bathroom (and kitchen in apartments). Keep that in mind when answering.

4. Sleep Habits: How early do you get up in the morning on a weekday?

Options: [6am or earlier] ↔ [8am] ↔[10am or later]

Consider this: If you are new to college, you may not know what time your classes will begin, but you probably have a good idea of whether you are an early bird or a night owl. There are a number of activities on campus that require early morning attendance.

5. Sleep Habits: How late do you go to bed on a weekday?

Options: [10pm or earlier] ↔ [Midnight] ↔ [2am or later]

Consider this: Again, if you are new to college, you may not know what you'll consider "late night" in college. If you have to be up early for an activity, you may want to hedge on the earlier end of this scale.

6. Room environment: Which best describes your preferences for sleeping?

Options: [Absolute silence] ↔ [Tolerate noise]

Consider this: At least as important as what time you go to bed or get up is whether you're a light sleeper. Quiet hours are in place in every residence hall.

7. Room environment: If you study in your room, which best describes your preference for studying?

Options: [Absolute silence] ↔ [Background noise]

Consider this: Not everyone studies in their residence hall room. If you do, however, what kind of environment do you prefer?

8. Room environment: I prefer to keep the temperature in my room:

Options: [Cool] ↔ [Warm]

Consider this: Believe it or not, this is one of the major complaints by roommates!

9. Use of room: How do you feel about friends or groups of people socializing in your room? I view my room as a ...

Options: [Private space] ↔ [Social Hub]

Consider this: You have an expectation of how your residence hall room should be used. Do you expect it to be your personal sanctuary, or do you expect your room to be a gathering spot for friends on a regular basis?

10. Use of room: With your permission, how comfortable are you with your roommate's friend(s) spending the nigt in your room?

Options: [Not at all comfortable] ↔ [Completely comfortable]

Consider this: Students must have their roommate's consent to have a guest stay overnight. Are you likely to feel comfortable with your roommate's friend(s) in the room at night? Learn more about the rules on hosting guests.

11. Use of room: With your permission, how comfortable are you with your roommate's significant other spending the night in your room?

Options: [Not at all comfortable] ↔ [Completely comfortable]

Consider this: Students must have their roommate's consent to have a guest stay overnight. Are you likely to feel comfortable with your roommate's significant other in the room at night? Learn more about the rules on hosting guests.

12. Sharing: In general, how comfortable are you with sharing personal items (e.g. clothing, food, drinks, etc.) with your roommate?

Options: [Not at all] ↔ [Very]

Consider this: If you want a fridge or a microwave in the room, you can only have one. But how comfortable are you sharing more personal items?

13. Communication: I intend for my roommate and I to:

Options: [Be open and direct] ↔ [Keep concerns to ourselves]

Consider this: Ideally, roommates will have open communication at least regarding issues about the room and roommate relationship. But some of us need a little help in that area and some are inherently more open. Which is your style? More importantly, what do you expect between you and your roommate?

14. Alcohol: The University prohibits the use of alcohol when in violation of state law or University policy; however, your attitude on alcohol is important. How would you describe your attitude toward the use of alcohol?

Options: [I don't tolerate its presence or use] ↔ [I intend to have alcohol be a part of my college experience]

Consider this: Both you and your roommate are responsible for what happens in your room.  If alcohol is present and you are each underage, you will both face judicial action.  Excessive alcohol use on or off campus virtually guarantees roommate conflict.  Coming home intoxicated is rarely something that occurs without disruption and often results in some fairly inconsiderate actions.  If your roommate is engaging in alcohol use in a manner that is disruptive to you, do not ignore it in the hope that it will go away.  This is an issue that must be confronted early before the roommate relationship is damaged beyond repair.  Those who frequently disrupt the community with alcohol related issues not only damage the environment for the whole floor, but also place themselves in situations that have a high potential for harm.  If you observe a community member in need of assistance, please do all you can to assist and alert the staff so that help can be obtained.

15. Smoking: Although smoking is prohibited in the Residence Halls, smoking habits can influence roommate relationships. Do you smoke?

Options: [No] • [Yes]

Consider this: If you are a smoker, please realize that you must never smoke within the residence hall.  It will be noticed quickly by your neighbors and those living above or near you, and is a policy violation.  Actions such as covering smoke detectors are considered serious violations.  Some Complex Community Councils also set guidelines for smoking near the exterior of the building; remember that you are responsible for following rules that are established by your peers and community.  If you would like to change the guidelines for smoking near the building, please become active with your Complex Community Council.

16. Other: Would you be opposed to living in the same room or building as someone who is a puppy raiser?

Options: [No] • [Yes]

Consider this: Students raising puppies as service animals are allowed on campus after application and approval, and are limited to specific residence hall areas.