Getting to Know Your Roommates

Roommate Tips

Communication is the key to any relationship
Be tactful and thoughtful when sharing feelings
learn to Be a good listener
Discuss little problems as they arise to prevent escalation
Invest the time it takes to get to know your roommate
CARE about your new environment and relationships here at LSSU
Build Trust between yourself and others at lssu
Take RESPONSIBILITY for your actions

Getting to Know Your Roommate

When you receive your permanent room assignment, you will also receive the name and address of your roommate(s). Over the summer, may wish to exchange mail, phone calls, or e-mail to get to know on another a little before you arrive on campus.

If you are planning to live with someone you have known from your past, your will still need to talk about your new living arrangement. Living with someone can be quite different than being friends. It can be an opportunity to deepen your friendship, but this new situation can also create challenges. Developing new college friendships can be difficult. Jealousy can develop over the balance between new friendships and your friendship. It is important to maintain open communication with one another.

Roommate Bill of Rights

Your enjoyment of life in a residence hall will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration that you have for your roommate(s).

Basic rights of a roommate include:

  1. The right to read and study free from undue interference in your room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions can keep you from enjoying this right.
  2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of your roommate, etc.
  3. The right to expect that a roommate will respect your personal belongings.
  4. The right to a clean environment in which to live.
  5. The right to free access to your room and facilities without pressure from a roommate.
  6. The right to personal privacy.
  7. The right to host guests, with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of your roommate and other hall residents.
  8. The right for redress of grievances. Residence hall staff are available for assistance in settling conflicts.
  9. The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  10. The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of the room telephone and a commitment to honor agreed payment procedures.

Remember: To be a mature adult is to accept responsibility for the welfare of others. Only you can assure that your roommate enjoys these rights.

If you need a mediator, contact your RA or CA.