The college roommate experience can be one of the most gratifying yet sometimes trying times in a student’s college career. Students will encounter values and concepts that they never knew existed. For many, this will be the first time a student has had to share their space. This sharing will require that students learn how their behaviors and actions, both positively and negatively, affect others. We encourage each student to open his or her mind to themselves and others. As with all things of worth, it will take effort, initiative, and understanding.
Learning how to establish a relationship with another is essential knowledge for any career or activity.
For Spring, most students receive their roommates' names and contact information in early February. For Fall, most new students receive their roommates' names and contact information in June. Roommates should contact one another via phone or email and begin discussing how they intend to share the space in the room as well as what they hope their relationship will be.
It is especially important that students who are not arriving at the same time have a plan for how the room will be set up and how space will be shared.
Standard triple rooms furnishings:
Based on the experience of our students, here is a list of shared space suggestions that have lead to roommate success:
If you arrive earlier than your roommates, please be considerate of the room arrangements you discussed before move-in.
As a team, you and your new roommates may decide to share the space as we suggest or come up with your own configuration. Either way, it must be done with the agreement of all three students. If there are any questions or if you need assistance in negotiating the shared space, please contact your resident assistant (RA) or the residence hall coordinator (RHC) of your building.
If you would like a third dresser, and everyone is in agreement, you can ask your RHC for one after everyone has arrived and unpacked. Additionally, students may opt to order a loft from bedloft.com to maximize space. The University will reimburse up to one loft rental per room.
Some things to keep in mind include:
Please feel free to contact your Residence Life & Housing staff member to address roommate conflicts.