Creating your home
The first couple days of residence hall living are filled with
many exciting challenges and opportunities. It is important to take
the time to get to know the staff living near you, your neighbors
and roommate(s), as well as getting settled into your new home. We
encourage you to create a place where you feel comfortable. You may
rearrange your furniture as long as it is returned to the original
location before move-out, and you follow any request made by staff
for maintenance or safety needs. Please review the student handbook
as it pertains to appliances, decorating, and important policies
with your safety and our community expectations in mind. Your
familiarity with the student handbook will help prepare you for a
great year living in the residence halls!
In most cases, your roommate is someone you haven't met before.
It is very important that you take the time to get to know this
person. The sooner you start, the sooner you can be on your way to a
positive roommate experience. Roommates could have similar
personality traits, be from similar geographical locations, have
similar academic or career interests, and enjoy the same hobbies. We
all know everyone is different, but taking the time to find the
commonalities between you and your roommate will be the first step
to successful roommate living. Identify each person's most important
living preferences: the type of music they like, whether they are a
morning person or a night owl, their potential major, hobbies,
sports they enjoy, their faith perspective, and what they want most
out of college. Throughout the year, you will encounter differences
with your roommate and it is vital to talk them. The key to
resolving differences is to communicate with each other directly
(leave third parties out of it if at all possible) and be
open-minded. Attempt to agree on a compromise.
Residence assistants can help you with roommate agreements if you
feel you could use some help starting these conversations. The
agreement will focus your conversation on specific areas to help
prevent and resolve roommate conflict.
Roommate relation tips
- Communicate, communicate, communicate – Honestly, openly,
assertively and respectfully, and only to one another. Talk to
your roommate early and often about the living environment.
- Have realistic expectations. No one is perfect, and your
roommate is never going to be exactly like you. Learn to respect
your roommate's differences. Be open to trying new things and to
compromising. Be considerate of personal time and privacy. Don‘t
make assumptions about your roommate.
- Be courteous. Use 'please' and 'thank you'. Appreciate your
roommate. Be aware of noise levels, music preferences, sleep
patterns, cleanliness, and personal hygiene. Be courteous - If
you ask to borrow your roommate‘s things, return them in good
condition and return them promptly. If your request to borrow an
item is denied, don't make your roommate feel guilty or get
angry. It is your roommate‘s item to lend or not lend, not
yours. Respect your roommate's right to say ―no. Be open-minded.
Avoid being judgmental.
- Ask your resident assistant for advice.
Tips for successful community living:
- Take care of your dishes and clean up your messes promptly.
- Clean your room regularly and completely.
- Submit work orders and take out the trash when needed.
- Don't assume someone else did it or will do it.
- Be a role model of taking responsibility.
- Always observe quiet hours and courtesy hours.
- Remember: hallways, courtyards, and stairwells can be echo
- Keep your voices down out of respect for those living near
- Refrain from bouncing balls in elevators or hallways – wait
until you are outside.
- Attend to laundry promptly. Laundry left in washers or
dryers unattended creates an inconvenience for others waiting
for the machines and often will end up on the counter.
Room and roommate changes
When living in a community, it is natural that conflict will
arise. A vital part of the Benedictine educational experience in
residence hall living is learning to live with one another and
resolve the conflict in a mutually beneficial manner. In light of
this educational philosophy to community living, room changes will
only be granted in extreme circumstances. If you are experiencing
problems with your living situation, please contact your resident
assistant, or RA, immediately to make them aware of the situation.
If a resident(s) refuses to accept an assigned roommate or
attempts to force a roommate out of the room, that student may lose
his/her housing privilege and/or face disciplinary action. Room
change request forms are available in the Office of Housing and
Residence Life. There is a moratorium on any room changes during
certain parts of the semester. You may apply for a room change
during the third week of each semester.
Room changes will not be made before or after this time unless
absolutely necessary. Your RA can assist with roommate problems, and
you will be encouraged to work through any conflicts. If a move is
necessary, the procedures listed in the section below must be
followed. Please see the residence director if you have any
questions about this policy.
Procedure for changing rooms:
Discuss any roommate issues and any potential move directly with
- Discuss the potential move with your RA. Your RA may
mediate problems between you and your current roommate
- See a residence director. All room changes must be
approved by a residence director.
- Receive a room change request form from a residence
director and complete the form.
- Complete all steps listed on the form.
- Wait for notification of approval of the room change
before beginning any part of the moving process.
- When cleared to do so by the residence director
check-out of your old room with the RA and check-in to your
- Failure to follow the proper room change procedures may
result in a $50 fine, cancellation of any room change, and
potential disciplinary action. *Note that a $25 processing
fee applies to all room changes.
In the event your roommate does not come to Saint Martin's or
moves out during the year, one of three things may happen:
- You will be assigned another roommate
- You may be moved to another room where a vacancy exists
- Space permitting, you may remain in the room and pay the
higher rate for a single room.