You and Your Roommate

It's important to establish an understanding of each other right from the start to better avoid problems in the future. Here are some helpful questions to ask each other:

  1. FOOD
    May roommates borrow food from one another? If so, how soon should it be replaced or paid for?
  2. SLEEP
    When do you typically go to bed and wake up? How about having a light on while the other roommate is asleep?
  3. CLOTHES & PERSONAL ITEMS
    What about sharing and borrowing personal items such as clothes, CDs, skis? Are items such as stereos, TVs or the microwave off limits or for mutual use? Is permission required for all items or just certain ones?
  4. GUESTS & OTHER FRIENDS
    How do you feel about an overnight guest? How often may guests come and how long may guests stay? Where do guests sleep? Is there a difference between guests and boyfriends/girlfriends staying the night? How often may they stay? (Adams State Residence Hall policy is same sex only and not longer then 3 nights)
  5. NOISE & MUSIC
    What's your definition of noise? What's loud and what isn't? What kind of music do you like to listen to? At what times should noise be minimized so others may study or sleep? Is absolute quiet needed in order to study? How important are grades?
  6. SMOKING & PARTYING
    How do you feel about smoking and drinking/partying?
  7. CLEANLINESS
    What are your standards of cleanliness? How clean should the place be kept?
  8. PHONE & MESSAGES
    What about telephone and general messages? Where should they be kept? How do you respond to a roommate's calls?