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Roommate Relationships

Most new students don't request a specific roommate, choosing instead to let fate and technology make that match for them. After all, any two people can be great roommates, whether they start out as strangers, best friends, or something in between.

If you choose to request a specific roommate after submitting your housing contract, remember to:

  • Be sure your roommate also lists you no later than April 3 (Fall/Spring) and May 1 (Summer C).
  • Work together to submit both Housing Contracts as early as you can. For room selection purposes, both Contracts will assume the worst contract number which will likely affect your assignment.

We cannot guarantee that you will be able to live with your requested roommate. If you mutually request a roommate, your selection time will be based on the later/worst of the two contract numbers. Mutually requesting a roommate does not guarantee that a room with two spaces will be available at the time you select housing. As a result, requesting someone as a roommate who has a significantly different contract number from you may limit the types of specific halls, room types and double vacancies available during your room selection window.

What happens when roommates do not get along?
Each resident brings with him or her a different set of expectations. To encourage open communication, all residents discuss and sign a roommate agreement at the beginning of the fall term and any time there is a change in residence status in the room. Understanding one another’s expectations and deciding on room parameters early on seems to help the situation. When roommates have difficulty with one another, we first suggest they talk about the conflict causing issue. When roommates are unable to resolve a situation on their own, a mediator is called upon to help. In mediation, an objective person, usually a University Housing staff member, acts as an intermediary to ensure that strong feelings do not hinder the process and that both sides are represented fairly. Mediation is effective for sorting through extreme emotions in order to find a rational solution. In the extreme cases in which mediation fails, arbitration will be used. In this process roommates agree beforehand to honor the arbitrator’s decision.

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