Sharing Common Ground
This might be your first time having to share a living space with another person. Find tips on how to maintain and improve your roommate relationship.
Room with Civility - Four Basic Rules
If you share your feelings and reactions in some of the following situations, you will be ahead of the game in understanding and empathizing with each other during the ups and downs of college life. Remember: Consideration, communication and compromise are essential to developing a good relationship with your roommate(s).
Know how your roommate(s) “feel” in certain situations.
Topics to discuss:
- When you are under pressure, you react by...
- You become easily annoyed when...
- When you are depressed, you act like...
- Some things that make you tense are...
- When you would rather be alone, you...
- When angry, you let people know by...
- When you meet new people, you act like...
- When you are down, you cheer up by...
Take into consideration each other's lifestyle to prevent frustration.
Topics to discuss:
- Socializing and how often?
- What hours and days will be set aside for study time?
- Is low background music allowed while studying?
- What time do you expect to go to sleep?
- What time do you expect to get up most mornings?
- Do you take naps? If yes, when?
It is critical that you and your roommate(s) come to some agreement concerning visitors.
Topics to discuss:
- Decide what time is best for guest visits.
- Acknowledging that you are responsible for your guest(s) behavior.
- Guests should not be allowed to stay overnight in your room.
Concerned About a Roommate?
Is your roommate’s behavior beginning to worry you? Perhaps they are displaying signs of out-of-character behavior, depression or drug abuse. You might be the closest person to them who is capable of evaluating the situation closely – and objectively. Don’t wait for the problem to escalate. Contact Residential Life staff.
Requesting a Room Change
Obtain a Room Change Request Form at your Resident Services Office (RSO). If your room change request is based on your relationship with your room-mates or hall-mates, you may be asked to have a consultation with your Resident Advisor or Resident Director. All other reasons will likely be handled directly by the RSO. If approved, the actual physical relocation will be communicated and coordinated by RSO. Room changes are not permitted during the first and last two weeks of any quarter.
A room or apartment change should be requested using a Contract Cancellation Request Form, which can be obtained at the Campus Apartments Resident Services Office or the Housing Administration Building. If approved, Campus Apartment relocations are communicated and coordinated by the Resident Assignments office, located in the Housing Services Administration Building.
*Room/apartment changes cannot be guaranteed and are not permitted without official approval of Housing Services. There is a $75 administrative fee for all room changes. Other damage and cleaning fees may apply, as well as penalties and disciplinary action for unauthorized room/apartment changes.
Roommate Agreement Form
Complete the Roommate Agreement form with your roommate(s) to establish ground rules for your living environment. After it’s completed, return it to your Resident Advisor.
Requesting a Roommate
If you met someone during Highlander Orientation or know someone who will be attending UCR, you can specify a roommate on your Housing Contract. Otherwise, roommate assignments are based on the Housing Contract’s personal preferences section.
Know a friend from class or from the Residence Halls? Requests can be made or are assigned in the personal preferences section on your Campus Apartment Application.