How does my student choose his/her roommate?
First year students who already know someone who is coming to Central with whom they would like to room may request to live with that person. Those requests will be honored as long as they are mutual. The majority of first year students will be assigned a roommate by Residence Life. Roommate matches are made by hand according to the information your student provided on his/her housing request form. Residence Life attempts to make the best matches possible based on the information students provide about themselves.
Upperclassmen tend to choose a roommate who has similar interests and with whom they share similar lifestyle patterns. For example, a student who is an “early bird,” should try not to choose a “night owl” for a roommate. Additionally, it’s best not to live with their “best friend.” Often, roommates get along better if they don’t spend every waking moment together or with the same group of friends. This makes it easier to discuss problems, and make plans for cleaning, sleeping, hanging out, etc.
Several questions you can encourage your student to talk with his/her roommate about include:
- When will study times in your room be?
- During study times, is phone use ok? Is the television on or off? Music? The computer?
- When will sleep times in your room be?
- During sleep times, are the lights on or off? The television? Music? The computer? Is phone use okay?
- Where will messages for each other be posted?
- What steps will you take to respect each other’s privacy?
- Are guests allowed in the room during study times? During sleep times? During dress/bathing times? Overnight?
- Are there other times that guests are not allowed?
- If you want guests to leave, how will you let each other know?
- How much notice should you give each other when you would like someone to stay overnight?
- What does cleaning include? Dusting? Vacuuming? The dishes? Taking out trash? Anything else?
- Will you clean your half of the room? Create a cleaning schedule?
- Will the doors be locked and closed when you are home?
- What steps will you take to eliminate locking each other out?
- Is it okay for roommates or guests to use your things (like the television, clothes, food, etc)?
- How will you handle damage occurring to others’ belongings? How quickly should this response take place?
- How will you approach each other if you have a concern, including but not limited to violations of this agreement? How quickly should this response take place?
- Do you have additional concerns not covered by the above questions?