Living with someone else is an art no matter who that person is or what relationship you have with them. When learning this art, it helps to be flexible, courteous, and respectful and to communicate openly in a productive, positive manner. You do not need to be friends with your roommate, but it helps to be friendly. Remember, you are your roommate’s roommate. Get to know your roommate by establishing a pattern of open communication and cooperation with your roommate(s). Taking time to learn information about your roommate’s background, interests, lifestyle, and university expectations will help you to develop an understanding about who they are. Communication is the key to preventing and resolving roommate conflicts.
Also, take time for you and your roommate(s) to discuss, agree to and complete a “Roommate Agreement” form. This form presents six of the most common issues that roommates are likely to encounter with one another and provides an opportunity to address the issues pro-actively rather than confronting the issues after they have occurred.
The “Conflict Resolution Strategies” document located in the PDF Resources Links provides strategies for establishing a better understanding of your own needs and expectations as well as those of your roommate(s). In addition to the resource links, your Resident Assistant (RA) is an excellent source of support and ideas for dealing with difficult roommate situations. If you are unclear on who to contact for help, call the Residential Life and Housing Office at (954) 262-7052 for assistance. Additionally, Student Mediation Services is always available by email, phone or in person to assist you with any issues that arise. The links under “Services Offered” provide you with additional information for alternatives to resolving roommate and interpersonal conflict.