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Living With a Roommate

Learning to live and get along with people you do not know very well can be one of the greatest challenges you will face while at Oklahoma City University. Best friends often have the most difficult time living together, simply because they didn't sit down and talk about some ground rules for the year. You and your roommate(s) may become best friends, or you may not. You will learn that each person is different, and what seems normal to you may be very foreign to your roommate(s). Your roommate(s) are not the only people who will have pet peeves and strange habits; you will need to take a close look at yourself as well.

The most common cause of roommate conflict stems from the little things that are not addressed until they seem huge: the clothes thrown around the room, the number of guests your roommate has, the lights being left on, or the window left open. Coupled with these types of issues is the need to incorporate and accept the diverse living traditions of the many different cultures and backgrounds right here on campus.

When you find yourself in conflict with your roommate, University Housing is here to help! You should always feel comfortable contacting your Resident Assistant (RA) for advice or to mediate a conversation and fill out a roommate agreement between your roommate and yourself. If mediation with the RA does not work, you can contact your Residence Director (RD).