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.
Agree on Expectations
Respect is the most important part of a roommate relationship. Maintain a healthy balance in your interactions. Not all roommates will be best friends; in fact, sometimes the best roommates are not. Discuss with your roommate how comfortable you are with guests/visitors. Please refer to the HRL Guest Policy to understand the guidelines.
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
If only one person is bringing an item, discuss if it will be shared or for individual use.
- Items to consider: refrigerator, TV, electronics, microwave, dishes, futon, food (shared or individual)
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.