Residential Life Guide

Roommate Tips

Have you ever shared a room with someone? For some students, living with a roommate will be a new experience. To some extent, sharing your room assignment will be sharing in each other's lives throughout the time you live together at Ithaca College.

After the last selection opportunity for incoming students is complete in August, your roommate(s) will be listed on HomerConnect. Contacting them prior to arriving on campus in the Fall can help eliminate hassles that result from bringing multiple stereos, televisions, or other items you will probably share. It's also a good way to break the ice before trampling on what could be sensitive issues.

While you and your roommate do not have to be close friends or share in every aspect of each other's lives, you do have to live together and share in many aspects of college life. The best way for you and your roommate to get to know each other and avoid unintentional conflicts is to talk about your likes, dislikes, sensitivities, and attitudes.

Your roommate most likely grew up in a different family, was educated in a different school, formed a different set of friends, and developed a set of values, beliefs, opinions, and habits that are different from your own. Most of us often overlook that our own habits, behaviors, and attitudes may cause unintended aggravation to others.

Some find it awkward at first to explore each other's backgrounds, goals, motivations, and lifestyles. Others have little difficulty finding these conversations. However, the patterns of cooperation, communication, and mutual trust can help make your room an enjoyable and comfortable place to live. We encourage you to sit down together and work out a living environment that is mutually agreeable. Your RA is available to assist you in getting to know your roommate and to help you complete a roommate agreement.