As a first-year student, you should expect to formally sit down and discuss your expectations for sharing a room and communicating. This process will take place during the first few weeks of school through the orientation programs and meetings with your Resident Advisors (RAs).
New students complete a roommate contract, which provides the opportunity to discuss and generally agree to what is appropriate for your living space. Expect to discuss:
- Studying and Sleeping Habits
What are our schedules like? Do we plan to study in the room?
- Cleaning and Trash Removal
How important is a clean room? How often should garbage be taken out?
- Visitation and Guests
How often will we have guests? Should there be advance notice of overnight guests?
- Use of Space
How should the room be set up? What is appropriate to put on the walls?
- Sharing of Belongings
What items can be shared? Are there any items we will buy together?
- Noise and Electronics
What times/volume can tv/music/etc be used? When is too late for phone calls?
- Roommate Communication
How will we communicate when we have a concern?
- Personal Beliefs, Values, Goals
What are your priorities at college? What things are important to you?
- Individual Personalities
How do you react when you are angry? What annoys you most?
- Behavioral Choices
How will you spend your free time? What do you plan to do on weekends?