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Housing and Residence Life

Pope Hall

Building a Roommate Relationship



One of the first people you will meet after moving into your room will be your roommate. If you did not preselect your roommate, you might be curious about the way you were matched. Room assignments for new students are made based on the date that the Room Reservation Form, $200 room deposit(refundable) and Interest Survey are received and date stamped by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Our Housing Assignment Coordinator makes every attempt to honor mutual roommate requests whenever possible. If you did not seek a specific roommate, we have attempted to match you with someone based on a practical combination of the answers you provided on your Interest Survey coupled with the arrival date of your Room Reservation Form at the Housing Office.

Having a good roommate is often as easy as being a good roommate. Perhaps the best advice ever given to roommates can be summed up in just one word: Communication. Each roommate should share feelings, habits, attitudes, ideas, moods, and backgrounds. We understand living in close quarters with a person you do not yet know can be somewhat frightening and challenging. But, it is also an opportunity to build a relationship based on mutual respect, appreciation for individual differences, and the commitment to discuss the day-to-day issues and problems that arise. There is no such thing as a "perfect roommate" or a person who is a clone of you. You do not have to be best friends to be successful roommates.

In order to reduce potential friction and unexpected (and disappointing) surprises, vast experience in this area reinforces that you immediately sit down with your roommate(s) upon arrival and discuss all of the following:
  1. Family ...
  2. How you would like to arrange the room ...
  3. What property you are willing to share ...
  4. Telephone message system...  
  5. Normal study habits ...
  6. How much sleep you need ...
  7. Considerations when guests visit the room ...
  8. Times when guests are not preferred ...
  9. Weekend social activity preferences ...
  10. Interests and activities ...
While most roommates succeed in resolving their differences, there are times when outside help is needed. If you are unable to study or sleep because of your roommate, let your Resident Assistant know as soon as possible.