At UB, you’re going to live in the most diverse environment you’ve ever experienced. For most students, this is an incredibly rewarding and enriching opportunity. But for some, it make take a bit more time and effort to learn how to get along with someone who is different than you are. We’re here to help you resolve any issues you may have.
The biggest mistake roommates make is not discussing a problem as it develops. If something is bothering you, talk to your roommate about it.
If you and your roommate are having challenges living together, there are a number of ways to improve your relationship. Learning more about your roommate and talking about expectations from the beginning can help you find common interests—and prevent problems in the future. Here are some questions to help you get to know each other.
Many issues can be resolved by talking about concerns as they arise and by setting reasonable expectations for living together. If you and your roommates are still having challenges, talk to your resident advisor or community assistant, who can help you resolve roommate issues.
Having a mutual agreement about the “rules” for your room or apartment can help you handle many common issues. Even if your roommate is your best friend, you will want to discuss how life as roommates will work. Your resident advisor or complex director is also available to help you establish these agreements.
For each of the areas, talk with your roommate, agree upon a procedure and write it down.
Many topics (including guests and quiet time) are covered in the Guide to Campus Living, which offers guidelines that all residents and guests must follow. View the Guide to Campus Living.