Living with a roommate


One of the most important relationships of your college career is with your first-year roommate(s). This relationship will have an effect on your satisfaction with both social and academic life in the residence halls.  Roommates should begin communication from the time they have been confirmed through the Roommate Matching Network™, selected a space in the same room, or received confirmation from the University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) office that they will be living together.  An open dialogue is critical to a successful roommate relationship.

A successful living environment with your roommate can help make or break your living experience.  We highly encourage all students to sit down and discuss expectations using our Roommate Agreement Form in the first two weeks of living together.  The Form outlines discussion points that we know can be sources of conflict for roommates and encourages dialogue about what each needs and expects from each other.  The downloadable form and additional tips can be found here.

Sometimes, we don’t hear about roommate conflicts until it is too late and relationships are broken beyond repair.  UHDS will not be in a position to facilitate room change requests until winter term at the earliest.  Therefore, it is important to invest the time now in making your relationship with you roommate(s) work for everyone.  Besides learning skills that will help you throughout life, it can also help you have the most positive on-campus living experience possible. 

If you find yourself in a situation where you need assistance navigating your roommate relationship, please contact your Resident Assistant and/or Resident Director.  They are great resources and skilled and trained to help facilitate objective conversations that balance the needs of all residents. 

We are excited to partner with you in making your living experience on campus positive and memorable.  Welcome to living on campus at Oregon State University!

Go Beavs!

Kathryn Magura
Operations Manager – Assignments and Customer Service

Jill Childress
Assistant Director – Student Conduct and Community Standards