Tips for Terp Roommates - The 4 C’s

Tips for Terp Roommates

Living in the residence halls with a roommate is part of college life for nearly every college student. Your college roommate isn't someone you simply share space with - roomies can have a meaningful impact on your college experience. From academic achievement, new fitness routines, social connections, or a fuller appreciation of diversity, the roommate experience is one to embrace and nurture.

For those who grew up having their own room, sharing a room with another individual can be a bit daunting. Let's face it, even if you grew up having to share a room, life in a residence hall can be an adjustment. Some students may long for some alone time when their only "personal space" is shared with another. Your roommate may have grown up with different values, customs, or family traditions. You may disagree on how best to arrange the room.

Whatever the hurdles, roommates can overcome their differences, make meaningful connections, and have a great residence hall experience. And who knows, you might hit it off immediately and feel like you've known one another forever!

The 4 C's of campus living are the most important factors in building a positive roommate relationship!

The best way to HAVE a good roommate is to BE a good roommate. Role modeling the respect, communication, and connection you wish to experience can go a long way to creating a healthy roommate relationship.

Connect - Meet Before Move-In


Reach out to meet up or FaceTime. Connecting before move-in can help you feel more comfortable with each other for arriving to campus.

Learn more about one another - hobbies, interests, study habits and living together.

Discuss plans for organizing your new room. Think about how you want to decorate and who will bring larger items (curtains, TV, mini fridge, etc.).


Cooperate - Roommate/Unit Agreement


Once you get to campus, make sure to complete your roommate/unit agreement.

This will guide you and your roommate as you figure out how to share your space and develop a respectful, cooperative environment.


Collaborate - Respect Items & Space


Most students are new to the roommate experience.

It’s important for you and your roommate to set boundaries and expectations about property use or borrowing, and cleaning up your side of the room.


Communicate - Communication is Key


Keep an open line of communication between you and your roommate. Being able to talk with your roommate about concerns or issues will enhance your roommate experience!

Familiarize yourself with one another's schedules.

Agree to some ground rules and communication about guests, upcoming exams, schedules or travel plans. Do not let issues fester.


We’re Here To Help

We’re Here To Help

Resident Life staff are available to help you and your roommate work through any disagreements.

Your Resident Assistant (RA) is the first point of contact for student concerns. RAs provide a friendly, empathic ear and resources and are trained in mediating conflicts.