Contacting Your Roommate
Meeting and living with your new roommate is an exciting event that can enhance your college experience, so we encourage you to contact your new roommate as soon as possible. Two things you'll want to do in your initial phone call or email are to get to know each other a bit and coordinate with your roommate what items to bring. You may contact them and get details on your room assignment using the information found in your roommates profile in MyRoom.
You don’t need to find out everything about your roommate in this first call or email; after all, you have a whole year to get to know each other. Sometimes it’s hard to get the conversation rolling, so here are a few topics you may want to discuss before arriving on campus:
- What sort of activities do you want to get involved with on campus?
- What do you plan on studying?
- What do you like to do for fun?
- Who will bring what to campus (TV, fridge, etc.)?
- What are your tastes in music, art, and sports?
When you arrive to campus, your RA will give you a Roommate Agreement to complete with your roommate. The Roommate Agreement serves as a prompt to begin conversations about some basic aspects of living and potential sources of conflict. Some of the topics include: How do you like to study? Are you a morning or night person? Do you prefer an organized room or a more casual room? How do you feel about visitors in the room? If I do something you’re not happy about, how would you like us to handle it?
Most disagreements can be solved with open communication. The Roommate Agreement provided by your RA can also help both of you have conversations about issues that may result in conflict.
Housing assignments are made based on your application preferences, as well as gender and date of application. The Office of Residence Life makes every attempt to honor roommate requests. However, due to the high demand for campus housing, we cannot honor all roommate requests.