The question all students ask: “Do I have to have a roommate?”
For the 2020-2021 academic year students will have a private bedroom space and will not have a roommate. For more information please read this announcement. Student will still learn roommate and sharing skills through their suitemates and bathroom-mates.
Part of your experience at Campbell will include learning to live with another person in a room or shared space. It is our hope that students learn to communicate better with others, work through their conflicts, and build lasting friendships.
Here are a few tips that will assist you in this process:
- Get to know each other. It is a common misconception that people living in community need to have a lot in common. Opposite personalities can live together. It is important that you get to know the other person that is living with you. It is amazing what you may have in common even with someone who is completely different.
- Respect your differences. People who share the same academic major and similar hobbies are still different. It is important that once you get to know your community, you build mutual respect for the people in it. Respect small things like the neatness of your hall mates and their quiet/study time. Never forget the major things like culture, race, and religion. It’s also important to make time for fun. Once you know your community, work together to accommodate each other’s needs.
- Establish clear boundaries. Establish appropriate times for sleep, personal quiet hours, and television usage. Discuss your daily routines and how your morning and evening noise may disturb each other. Establishing boundaries upfront may help alleviate strain on the relationship once the semester begins.
- Ask before you borrow something. It is critical to establish what is shared and what is not. Do not assume that people within the community will not mind you borrowing something. Always ask before borrowing anything. At the beginning of the year, taking five minutes to establish some boundaries within the community.
- Alarm Clock. You may think we are joking, but sleep is the most common source of arguments. Always respect the sleep habits within the community and promptly turn off the alarm clock in the morning. Just because you want to stay up late or get up early does not mean people within your community do.
- Visitation. Establishing boundaries concerning visitors is important. You should never invite or allow people into your room without you being present.
- Always remember, you do not have to be friends. Your living community peers in college do not have to be your best friends. It may be better if you are not best friends due to the amount of time spent together. The most important thing about living with someone is to learn more interpersonal skills and how to approach conflict.
- Finally, remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you…”
The University endeavors to assist you in this process. We provide students with a community contract that helps establish some of these boundaries. Please contact your Resident Director for further assistance.
Campbell Residence Life and Housing will not approve any room changes within the 2020-2021 academic year. With students having a private sleeping space we believe disagreements among the community can be sorted out via communication and conflict management.