Connect Before Arrival
We encourage you to call or email your new roommate prior to seeking out other electronic communication. Social media is a great way to communicate, but it does not always provide you with a complete image of a person. Make sure you get to know your roommate through more than just Facebook! If possible, try to meet your roommate in person before move-in.
Note: Roommates must coordinate in advance to move in at different times during the fall 2020 move-in period.
Agree on Expectations
Creating a positive living experience for you and your roommates takes forethought and good communication during the most ideal circumstances, and these skills will be even more important this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Find information on Living with Roommates to help you plan for a living environment that is cooperative, mindful of community health & safety, and respectful of individual differences.
Figure Out Styles
During your chats with your future roommate, it is a good idea to discuss the following:
Lifestyle: What do you like to do for fun? How clean do you like to keep your space?
Nighttime routine: Do you like to go to bed early or stay up late?
Preferred study styles: Do you like to study with the TV or music on? Do you prefer to study at night or during the day?
Decide Who Will Bring What
This year, you should each plan for personal items like a digital thermometer, 5-7 reusable face coverings, and hand sanitizer. Some good shared items to consider include:
- Cleaning products
- Games and/or gaming consoles
- Room decor
If only one person is bringing an item, discuss if it will be shared or for individual use in advance. Discussing these things ahead of time will help make the transition to life in a residence hall easier for both you and your roommate. Upon arrival, your Community Advisor and other HRL staff will help make your experience the best it can be by facilitating roommate success plans.