- When you first move into your assignment, your Resident Assistant will work with you and your roommate(s) to complete the HuskyMate Agreement in Roompact so that you can set up expectations for the use of your room and possessions.
- We encourage students to have open and honest conversations with each other during this process to help build a positive roommate relationship.
- You and your roommate can update this document throughout the year as necessary.
- The Sharing Spaces module will be available in HuskyCT before you arrive to campus, and you will receive an email notifying you that it is open for you to take.
- Our data shows that students who participate in Sharing Spaces are less likely to request room changes during the year and that they have positive roommate experiences.
Roommate Myth #1: My roommate is going to be my best friend
Fact: Some strong friendships can be built with roommates, but not every friendship will turn into a lasting “best-friend”. You do not need to be close friends to be good roommates, but the important part is that you can communicate and respect each other. We find that living with someone who is not your best friend helps preserve those close friendships, as you can still spend time with your best friend but not have to share a living space with them.
Roommate Myth #2: Living with someone you know from home is better than a “random roommate”
- Fact: Living with someone you don’t already know can be a great opportunity to get to know somebody new! Often we find that existing friendships can be strained during the transition to college when students aren’t able to give each other the same amount of space as they did before coming to college.
- Being friends with someone or knowing them before UConn might not mean that they have the same expectations for sharing a room as you do, which means that they might have different expectations for how neat the room is kept or not know that you need all of the lights out in the room to sleep!
- The majority of new students are placed with a person who they have never met before move-in day, and we match these students based on the housing application lifestyle questions to try to match students with similar preferences.
Roommate Myth #3: My roommate is too different from me, it will never work!
- Fact: Living with someone who is not exactly the same as you can be one of the best and most meaningful experiences while you are at UConn. By living with someone who has a different perspective, you can learn about other cultures, beliefs, and experiences.
- We also know that there are times when the thought of living with someone who believes things that you do not or has customs that are not the same as you can be overwhelming. If this happens, we encourage you to try to take a moment to step back from the situation. What part of the situation is frustrating you? Have you spoken with your roommate about this issue before? We encourage you to discuss concerns with each other as they occur and try not to let things build up. You will have a Resident Assistant (RA) on your floor that is also trained on ways to help facilitate these discussions, and the professional Hall Director(s) for your area can also help talk through concerns.
Roommate Myth #4: I need a room change/make my roommate move out of my room!
- We have a room change process for students to request new assignments periodically throughout the year, but our staff tries to have students address concerns that they may be experiencing to avoid being in the same situation with multiple roommates. Many times, we find that when students work with their Resident Assistant (RA) and Hall Director that they can develop communication strategies to still respectfully share a room with another student. If a room change is necessary, our staff will encourage that students use these strategies with their next roommate to create a more positive atmosphere.
- Each student must make their own choice regarding changing assignments and we cannot take requests from a roommate to remove or swap a person in their assigned room. The room change process does allow students to request to move together, and students can request to be roommates and our staff will do our best to identify if a fully open room is available to move students to, but this type of assignment change is based on our available vacancies and is not guaranteed.
- Please note that if you behave in a way that impacts your roommate’s ability to respectfully coexist together, you could be held accountable through the conduct system.