"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body." - Benjamin Franklin
The easy way to begin building this family foundation is to lay out the expectations for one another. This can be easily done by creating a roommate contract (or roommate agreement).
While constructing this post, I researched many types of agreements (references listed below) and I was surprised to see how different schools handled this agreement.
- Some were very open ended questions, some were more specific.
- Some had self assessments to fill out before meeting with the RA.
- Some included policy and procedures and discussed alcohol/drug issues.
- Some included unique sections such as sustainability options and social media postings.
With so many variations, there is not a right or wrong way of creating this form. With this being said, I created an agreement which combined some of the features I felt were most important. I tried to stick with one of the more specific formats. Especially if you have not had a roommate before, it is easy to not think about areas to look out for. With us being the professionals, we are able to guide the students in the direction of our choice in order to tackle situations which have caused issues in the past. Feel free to utilize this free resource (download link is below).
Which question did you wish was in your roommate agreement?
Winthrop University- Rock Hill, SC
University of Pennsylvania- Philadelphia, PA
Casper College- Casper, WY
Ithaca College- Ithaca, NY
University of Kentucky- Lexington, KY
College of Wooster- Wooster, OH
Lehman College- New York City, NY
George Washington University- Washington, DC
Rice University- Houston, TX
Kent State University- Kent, OH
Amherst College- Amherst, MA
Alma College- Alma, MI
SUNY Purchase College- Westchester, NY
Carleton College- Northfield, MN
Northern Illinois University- DeKalb, IL
Cornell College- Mount Vernon, IA
Elizabethtown College- Elizabethtown, PA
Washington & Jefferson College- Washington, PA
College of Saint Rose- Albany, NY
Gettysburg College- Gettysburg, PA
Westminister College- Salt Lake City, UT
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College- Tifton, GA
University of Miami- Coral Gables, FL
Crown College, University of California, Santa Cruz- Santa Cruz, CA
Smith College- Northampton, MA
College of William & Mary- Williamsburg, VA
Dickinson College- Carlisle, PA