Living With a Roommate

Learning to live and get along with people you do not know very well can be one of the greatest challenges you will face while at Appalachian State University.  Best friends often have the most difficult time living together, simply because they didn't sit down and talk about some ground rules for the year.  You and your roommate(s) may become best friends, or you may not.  You will learn that each person is different, and what seems normal to you may be very foreign to your roommate(s).  Your roommate(s) are not the only people who will have pet peeves and strange habits; you will need to take a close look at yourself as well.

The most common cause of roommate conflicts stems from the little things that are not addressed until they seem huge:  the clothes strewn around the room or the number of guests your roommate has or the lights being left on or the window left open.  Coupled with these types of issues is the need to incorporate and accept the diverse living traditions of the many different cultures and backgrounds right here on campus.

When you find yourself in conflict with your roommate, University Housing is here to help!  You should always feel comfortable contacting your Resident Assistant (RA) for advice or to mediate a conversation between your roommate and yourself.  If mediation with the RA does not work, you can contact your Residence Director (RD).  Their information is available in the Residence Halls section of this website. 
 

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