How can I request a roommate?
On your First Year Application in MyHousing you will have the ability to request a roommate(s) although it is not recommended. You will have to form a roommate group and request your preferred roommate(s) who will then need to confirm that request. If your preferred roommate(s) forms a roommate group first you will just need to confirm their request as creating another group will make it so you can not request one another. There are only a certain number of Quads so a vast majority of the roommate requests will just be for double occupancy rooms. To create a group follow these steps:
Creating a new group: You are the first of your friends to go through the contract process, and you have roommates with whom you would like to live. Maximum group size is 2.
- Click “Create Group” below
- Enter a unique Group Name and Password
- The roommate group has been created, and you are the Group Leader
- Give your Group Name and Password to the person that you wish to join your roommate group or search for them by details and send a join group request.
Only students who have a signed housing and dining contract for the 2021-2022 academic year may be added to a roommate group. You may wish to check this site regularly prior to room assignments to check on the status of your roommate group.
In order to accommodate roommate requests, requests must be submitted and complete before first year room assignments. After first year assignments are made, no additional requests will be accepted or considered and room selections will be considered final for the assignment process.
Why does Residential Education and Housing not recommend requesting a roommate?
Living in a small space with a new person for the first time can be challenging, but learning how to navigate through conflict and to negotiate between competing interests are connected to a wide range of skills associated with maturity.
Students lacking previous experience living on their own may find it difficult to address conflicts that arise when both roommates share a common past, common friends, common interests, or familiar ties. In these situations, students may find it challenging to address minor problems objectively. Small conflicts can become exacerbated when roommates share space not only in the residence halls, but also in the classrooms, on the playing fields and in social circles.
Remember, when living with others, the end goal is not to find a perfect roommate; such a pairing does not exist. Instead, the virtue of a residential experience lies in learning how to question your own assumptions, explore your own values, and identify your own expectations, so you may learn to live and work closely with others.