Living with a Roommate

Tips for roommates:

  • Dorm and Lounge PhotosBe flexible
    Respecting your roommate’s lifestyle is key. He or she will have a few quirks that you won’t anticipate and vice versa.
  • Have reasonable expectations
    Sometimes roommates become best friends, sometimes they don’t. Either way, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get to know other interesting people.
  • Make a commitment to work things out
    Time is essential in learning to live with another person. If you bail out before you give it your best shot, you may deprive yourself of a meaningful and extraordinary relationship.
  • Be open and honest
    When something bothers you, talk about it. Be up front but friendly. An RA can also help resolve bothersome issues.
  • Make use of your RA
    These fellow students are often your best resource for social and academic advice. Together with the area director, they are dedicated to working to provide the best possible living environment.

See also: Roommate Relations: A Guide on the Housing website.


        "You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate before you actually meet him/her."
        -Susie Pham '12