Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to the most common questions asked about roommates. If you do not find answers to your questions here, please send us an email.

Having a roommate is vital to the college experience. Even if you think you'll never have a roommate again in the future, the roommate experience will give you vital skills in conflict management and compromise that will be beneficial in your personal and work life after college. Having a roommate helps with splitting the costs of items such as cleaning supplies, food and large items (TVs or refrigerators) and can save you money. Having a roommate forces you to become more social. You may make a lifelong friend, or you may make friends with your roommate's friends. This also represents a great opportunity for you to network. Having a roommate means you have access to all of his or her connections. Living with a roommate means you have a built-in buddy to go out with. Seeing a movie, attending events on campus, or going to a ball game is more fun when you have a friend to do it with -- and who better to ask than the person who lives with you?

AU Housing staff members are trained to help roommates communicate with each other, to identify what they consider important, and to mediate conflicts. However, if roommates decide that they are not compatible, students may request room changes during Room Change Week. This week provides students wishing to relocate with the most options. If you miss Room Change Week, talk to your Resident Assistant if you are experiencing difficulties throughout the rest of the semester.

Students who are leaving the room for any reason are encouraged to tell their roommates and/or suitemates in advance of the move.

This option is only available when all requests for campus housing have been accommodated. Students without roommates who wish to guarantee they will not be assigned a roommate may pay an additional fee to privatize their room. Students who do not privatize their room may receive a roommate at any time throughout the academic year. AU Housing provides roommates with 24 hours advance notice when a new roommate is assigned to the room.

It could be that your roommate is unaware that they are violating a housing policy. Talk with your roommate first and give them a chance to change their behavior. If you are uncomfortable talking with your roommate about the concern, talk with your RA or stop by the area office to talk with an Area Coordinator.

You should first try to resolve the issue with your roommate. If you feel uncomfortable trying to resolve the issue alone, you have staff available to help. You should speak with your Resident Assistant (RA) on your floor or in your residence hall or your Area Coordinator (AC) to try to resolve the issues with your roommate.

Last Updated: May 20, 2019