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Roommate Relationships

New roommates need to talk to each other. Filling out a Roommate Contract is a great way to keep responsibilities and preferences defined. You will want to discuss some issues that have the potential to lead to disagreement and conflict. By discussing these issues and agreeing on how the issue will be handled, you can avoid some future problems. More importantly, however, you and your roommate(s) will be establishing a pattern of open communication and mutual understanding. You can begin the communication process by contacting your roommate(s) once you receive their name(s). A good way to initiate this conversation is to discuss the items that you are bringing with you to your new home. Here are some other things you may want to discuss:

Communication: It’s most helpful to always strive to keep the lines of communication open between you and your roommate(s). Chances are good that if something about the living situation is bothering you, it is bothering your roommate(s) too, so talk about it.

Belongings: Before you move in you should talk about whose TV you want to have in your room, who is buying toilet paper at what time, etc. You may want to find out your roommate’s feeling about lending his/her belongings to other people, including you. These items may include: clothes, money, hair dryers, stereos, cars, etc.

Cleaning: You may want to discuss who cleans what and when. Talk about dividing all the cleaning responsibilities. If someone isn’t doing their part, talk it over with each other. Define what "cleaning" means, because everyone has their own interpretation of the word!

Guests: It’s also helpful to make specific agreements about the time visitors will be welcome and about entertaining guests.

Always consider a roommate’s side of the situation, particularly when they have a heavy load of exams or papers. After you have established some guidelines with which you can live comfortably, you may want to make an agreement to discuss this issue again any time either of you has a concern, as well as any other issues.

Respect: Whether your roommates are very similar to you or very different from you, it is important to respect them. They are as much an individual as you are. Not everyone is alike or does things in the same way. While you are living in the residential communities, you will make other friends and get involved in activities that are interesting and pertinent to you. It is not wise to depend on your roommate(s) to fulfill your every emotional and social need.

Finally, spend some time with your roommate(s). Get to know each another better. This will assist you if problems arise later. Find out your common interests and build on them.

Each student has rights as a roommate. Conversely, each person should work to be the type of roommate who supports these rights:

  1. The right to read, study, and sleep with as little disturbance as possible.
  2. The right to have personal belongings that are used by no one else.
  3. The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of shared space & items (bathrooms, living areas in the unit, appliances, telephones, etc.).
  4. The right to live in a clean and orderly room.
  5. The right to free access to your room and facilities without pressure from your roommate.
  6. The right to host guests within the parameters agreed upon by roommates, provided they respect the rights of roommate(s).
  7. The right to speak openly.
  8. The right to be treated with care, consideration, and thoughtfulness.

These rights and responsibilities apply not only to roommates, but also to other students living on the floor, in the residence halls and the apartments. You will have an opportunity to discuss the issues of respect between residents in your first floor meeting with your Resident Assistant. The Office of Residence Services certainly cannot control residents if the above rights are not met. However, we do realize that sometimes roommates just cannot get along because they are too incompatible. For this reason, we do have a process for changing rooms. We do allow unit switching, if space allows, from the beginning of the third week of classes until the end of the eighth week of classes during each quarter.

Just A Reminder: Roommate requests based on race, sexual orientation, religion, age, or major will not be considered. In the absence of a roommate request, the Residence Services staff will assign roommates without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Moving In

What to Bring

Roommate Relationships

Making Your Residence Hall Your Home

Advice for Homesickness

Residential Activity Fee

Meet Your Staff!


Getting the Wright Start Newsletter


Bed Configuration


Student Immunization and Medical History Form (PDF)

Disability Survey for Assignments

Parking Permit Request Form (PDF)


First Weekend Activities

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