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, 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 through. The key to
resolving them 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 getting these conversations
going. 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
like you. Learn to respect your roommate's
differences. Be open to try new things and to
compromise. Be considerate of personal time and
privacy. Don‘t make assumptions about your
- 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
don't 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
- Do it now versus after class.
- Clean your room regularly and completely.
- Submit work orders and take out the trash
when needed, etc.
- Don't assume someone else did it or will do
- Be a role model of taking responsibility.
- Always observe quiet hours and courtesy
- Remember: hallways, courtyards, and
stairwells can be echo chambers.
- Keep your voices down out of respect for
those living near these areas.
- 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 following procedures 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 your roommate.
- Discuss the potential move with your RA.
Your RA may mediate problems between you and
your current roommate first.
- 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
- When cleared to do so by the residence
director check-out of your old room with the RA
and check-in to your new room.
- 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
- Space permitting, you may remain in the room
and pay the higher rate for a single room.