Roommate Resources

Living with a roommate and suite mate in college can be both exciting and challenging. Here are some tips to help you navigate this living arrangement successfully:

  1. Establish open communication: Communication is key to resolving conflicts and maintaining a positive living environment. Set aside time to discuss expectations, boundaries, and concerns with your roommate and suite mate. This will help avoid misunderstandings and foster a respectful living environment.
  2. Set ground rules: Establish clear guidelines for shared spaces, such as cleaning responsibilities, quiet hours, and guest policies. Make sure everyone is on the same page regarding these rules to promote harmony and respect among roommates.
  3. Respect personal space: College life can be hectic, and everyone needs their own space to unwind and relax. Be mindful of your roommates’ need for privacy and personal space. Avoid borrowing or using their belongings without permission.
  4. Maintain cleanliness: Keeping the living space clean and tidy is important for everyone’s well-being. Create a cleaning schedule with your roommates to ensure that responsibilities are shared fairly. Regularly clean up after yourself and encourage others to do the same.
  5. Be considerate of noise: Noise levels can be a common source of conflict among roommates. Respect quiet hours, especially during exams or when someone needs to study. If you plan to have friends over or play music, check with your roommates to ensure it doesn’t disturb them.
  6. Resolve conflicts calmly: Conflicts may arise despite your best efforts. When disagreements occur, try to address them calmly and respectfully. Active listening, compromise, and finding common ground can help resolve conflicts effectively.
  7. Take advantage of shared resources: Living with roommates and suitemates can provide opportunities to share resources and experiences. Coordinate on shared items like kitchenware, cleaning supplies, and common entertainment areas. Building positive relationships with your roommates can also lead to lasting friendships.
  8. Be mindful of personal differences: Everyone has unique habits, preferences, and schedules. Be understanding and accommodating of these differences. Flexibility and acceptance can go a long way in creating a harmonious living environment.
  9. Address issues promptly: If you encounter any significant problems or concerns, address them promptly. If necessary, involve your resident advisor or a housing staff member to mediate and help find a solution.
  10. Enjoy the experience: Living with roommates and suite mates can be a memorable and rewarding part of your college experience. Embrace the opportunity to learn from others, make new friends, and build valuable life skills.

Remember that effective communication, respect, and compromise are key to maintaining a positive living environment with your roommates and suitemates.

The occupants of each room or apartment will collaborate with the Resident Assistant (RA) to establish the following agreement. It is important for residents to engage in open and sincere discussions regarding their expectations of one another. If any adjustments to this agreement are necessary during the year, residents are encouraged to consult their RA. Please refer to the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct for detailed policies. It is essential to ensure that the agreements made do not contradict Marymount policies.

To assist you in developing a positive relationship with your roommate, we recommend reviewing the following brochures:

  1. Living-in-Community: This 8-page, full-color brochure provides valuable tips for communication, conflict resolution, and more. It addresses the “how-to’s” of community life for students and those who support them. It offers insights on getting involved, managing conflict, and other aspects of living in a community. We believe this resource will be helpful in navigating your experience in the residence halls.
  2. Roommate Connections: This brochure focuses specifically on the importance of cultivating a positive relationship with your roommate. It highlights the potential impact on your academic success and provides guidance on fostering a lifelong friendship and support system.