Living With a Roommate

At SUNY Oswego, we believe the roommate experience is crucial to each student's learning experience in college. The idea of sharing a relatively small living space with someone else is probably at least a little bit unsettling. However, living with a roommate can be one of the most significant experiences of college!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • All first year students are required to have roommates. Even though it may be a challenging experience, we are confident it will be a learning experience. In order to start off "on the right foot,"
  • We suggest that new students communicate with their roommates prior to coming to school. This allows students to talk about things like what each roommate is planning to bring to school (i.e., stereo, television, carpet, any authorized pets, etc.). It also helps to break the ice so that that first meeting on opening day can be more comfortable.
  • You and your roommate may share some commonalities; you will also learn that you are different from each other in many ways. All residents are required to complete the Roommate Agreement Form (pdf 211kb) during the first days just after move in. This is a great time to get to know your roommate and have a discussion about how you want to use your space.

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