Three C's of Campus Living

Three C's of Campus Living


Soon, if not already, you will learn where you are living and will have access to your future roommates' contact information. We recommend you call your future roommate(s) first to get to know them.

If you don't reach them, leave a message, and wait for a return call. Then try Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram, recognizing that everyone does not have or use social media.

Not sure what to discuss when you do reach them? Try these getting to know you questions:

  • Why did you choose UMD? 
  • Have you chosen a major?
  • What high school did you attend?
  • What is your favorite snack food?
  • What type of music do you like?
  • What are your favorite TV shows?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What are your favorite restaurants?
  • What clubs are you planning to join this year?
  • What are your top five favorite movies?
  • Do you know anyone else who attends UMD?
  • What are you most looking forward to this fall?


We encourage you to talk with your future roommate(s) 3-4 times before move-in day.

75% of our residents have never shared a bedroom. Doing so now can pose some challenges. Successful roommate relationships hinge on good communication. To have a good roommate, one must be a good roommate.

Here are some questions to help you start thinking about and sharing what it will be like living together. Communicate with your future Roommate

  • When do you like to get up in the morning?  Go to bed at night?
  • Will your room be used as a primary place to study? What expectations do you have when studying?
  • How will you communicate with each other regarding visitors?  How much notice is needed?  How long may they stay?
  • What items do you plan to bring to campus? Do you want to have a carpet in the room? If so, do you want to split the cost?
  • Which of your belongings are you comfortable sharing and under what circumstances?  What items are NOT okay for another person to use or require special permission to use?
  • Identify and discuss aspects of your identity or experiences that are important to you and your roommate(s) should know.   Consider family background, dietary restrictions, cultural or spiritual background, etc.


Soon you will be moving onto campus. We recommend you pack light as personal space is limited.

Talk with your roommate(s) about who will bring what and discuss your expectations around sharing items. These conversations are great practice for learning how to compromise.

View our list of recommended items to bring and share.

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