Roommate issues are a common and frequent occurrence. Some situations may begin
with communication problems that can be solved sitting down and talking to one another.
Some issues may need to involve your RA, a member of the Residence Life and Housing
Staff, or another outside resource. Below are some ideas and suggestions that may
help open the lines of communication between roommates. Each student should take
time to answers the questions in Step 1. Then they should come together to discuss
the questions in Step 2.
Step 1. Individually the students should determine the answers to the following:
In your opinion what are the issues between you and your roommate?
Using adjectives identify how you think and feel about the issue. (For example you
may use words such as: annoyed, confused, uncomfortable, depressed, and frustrated
etc. . .)
What could you do to improve the situation and resolve the issues?
Step 2. Together the students should review what they have written above and answer
What are the issues?
Explain how the issues are impacting you. Use answer from above (I’ve felt
. . . because. . .”)
What could both of you do to improve the situation or resolve the issues?
What is a future plan so this situation or issues will not reoccur?
If you feel like the issues were not resolved with the help of this form, please
contact your RA for future assistance. Bring this guide for more assistance.