The following items may be needed, depending on personal preference, in all residence halls unless otherwise indicated in the information about your specific residence hall in the residence hall pages:
Bedding/linens: You will need twin extra-long bed size flat and fitted sheets, blankets, bedspreads, and pillows. You will also need to provide your own towels and washcloths.
Personal items: Clothing, toiletries, medicines, books, study materials, and whatever else is necessary for you to live and work comfortably.
Cooking equipment: Residents in apartment-style buildings, which have stoves and refrigerators, provide their own cook ware, dishes, and supplies. Toasters, toaster ovens, and hot plates are prohibited in all residences for fire safety and electrical reasons.
Refrigerator and/or microwave: Apartment-style residence halls all have refrigerators, and some identified on the residence hall web pages above have microwaves. Other residents may bring a small refrigerator (less than 5 cubic feet) and/or microwave, or arrange to rent them from information that will be mailed to new freshmen and transfers during the summer. Coordinate plans with roommates/suitemates to avoid duplication and space problems.
Room amenities: non-halogen desk or floor lamps, posters, alarm clock, clothes hangers. All windows have blinds, so curtains are not needed.
TVs and stereos: should be compact and equipped with headphones to allow use without disturbing roommates. Coordinate plans with roommates/suitemates to avoid duplication and space problems.
There is no storage space for students' use in public areas of the residence halls. Please do not bring more personal property than you can keep within your room. Students may not store belongings in the residence halls during the summer. Students who need or wish to store belongings during the summer are encouraged to use local commercial storage facilities. Information regarding commercial storage options will be made available in each residence hall prior to the end of the spring term.
It is normal for you to be excited and anxious about living with a new roommate. Before arriving at your residence hall, you should consider reaching out to your roommate(s) and speaking with her/him/them on the phone. This will give you an opportunity to get to know each other and begin to plan for your living experience. Remember, it can be difficult to get to know someone over the phone so be cautious about making quick judgments about your new roommate(s) before meeting her/him/them in person. Below are examples of questions that you and your roommate may want to consider discussing.
Before you make the call to your soon-to-be roommate(s) it is important to think about your own personal needs so that you can express them accurately and openly when talking. As mentioned before it can be both challenging and fun to live with someone else, so it helps to let them know from the start what you need and vice versa. If you are a freshman, you should also know that some of your preferences may change during the first semester. Some things to think about:
Please keep in mind that everyone has different beliefs, values, experiences, communication styles, and expectations. With that being said, you and your roommate may become the best of friends, or you may only see each other when you’re in your room. No matter how close you are, you have to work together to establish and maintain a positive living environment. Having the right attitude can make living with a roommate a little easier for everyone living in the room. The most important elements of living with a roommate include:
As soon as you get settled into your room, you should discuss your expectations honestly. The biggest conflicts often arise when expectations are not addressed from the beginning. Don’t put off talking to each other about your expectations, needs, quirks, and pet peeves. It is a great way to help manage conflict in the future.
Speaking openly about what you expect from each other and your personal habits is a vital step that many people skip especially if you are living with a friend or someone you already know. Some people think that if they get along well as friends, they will get along as roommates, however, often living with friends and not discussing expectations can cause tension.
Your Resident Assistant (RA) will provide you with a Resident Living Agreement form at your floor meeting. This form will assist you in having these conversations with your roommates/suitemates. In addition, when conflict does arise, it will be a tool you can use to begin the conversation.
Cleaning the room or apartment is an area where roommates tend to disagree. To assist you in discussing your cleaning needs in your living space, we created cleaning schedules that you can download and fill out. These schedules will help you determine who should clean when and what needs to be cleaned. Cleaning schedule form
While these items are addressed in your Resident Living Agreement Form, below are some sample questions for you to think about.
As you create your list of guidelines, keep in mind that you have rights in your shared living space and that your roommates have rights as well. Below is a listing of those rights: