UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Roommate Agreement Worksheet
Living on campus provides students with an opportunity to share a room. Whether you and your roommate are best friends, acquaintances or perfect strangers, establishing open and honest communication is the number one factor in determining how positive the relationship can be. To help in the development of this relationship a member of the Residence Life staff will meet with you and your roommate(s) to discuss the standards you wish to establish for a cohesive living environment and create a Roommate Agreement. To best prepare for this conversation we highly encourage you to reflect on the following questions so you can get the most from the Roommate Agreement conversation.
Sharing a residence hall room is a new experience and transition for many students. If this is the first time you will be sharing a room no larger than 11 feet by 13 feet, it doesn't matter if the person you are sharing the room with is your friend or a complete stranger. All roommate relationships take effort in working to establish clear expectations, discuss issues if they arise, and be open to compromise.
While some of these may seem basic or silly, trust us, we deal with many roommate experiences each year and they are most successful when roommates discuss the following items:
Focusing on communication, compromise, and consideration of each other will create a strong beginning foundation and will help you avoid many pitfalls others experience throughout the year. Please know that if you do run into issues along the way, your Resident Assistant and Hall Director are in your community to help.