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When you arrive at FGCU, you will find yourself living with a roommate who may be different from you. Even if you've shared a room with a sibling, living with a roommate is still a new and unique experience. Chances are that your roommates will have a similar desire to do well in college but dissimilar backgrounds, histories and families. This diversity is what makes living in FGCU’s residential community a true living learning experience.
It is important to remember that living together in one room, suite or apartment, especially if you have never had a roommate before, requires work! The type of relationship you develop with your roommates depends in part on your expectations of the relationships, as well as on how effectively you communicate those expectations to your roommates from the very beginning. Communication is key in building good roommate relationships. By following a few simple guidelines, you and your roommates can create a mutually beneficial environment and relationship.
Take Time to Adjust
Give your roommates a chance. Don't rely on first impressions. Talk about your hometowns, interests, families, and your impressions of FGCU and Ft. Myers.
Lay Down the Ground Rules
Discuss how you will keep your apartment/suite livable for all of you. Decide on whether “what’s mine is yours” will apply in your apartment/suite. Determine what is to be shared and what is personal and off-limits to your roommates. And always ask before borrowing anything.
What is Clean?
You and your roommates share the responsibility of maintaining the cleanliness of your apartment/suite. Cleanliness of a room means different things to different people. Discuss the cleanliness standards for the apartment/suite. Include by whom, when, and how often. Address cleaning issues, such as, taking the trash to the dumpster, dirty dishes, cleaning the bathroom. How will you divide these responsibilities? Will you take turns?
Studying or Socializing?
Whether your apartment/suite is a study hall or a place to socialize can become a major point of conflict. Most people like the apartment/suite to be a balance of the two. Do you have compatible study habits? Do you like studying alone or with classmates? Discuss this important topic early in your relationship, and remember, studying should be the priority in most cases.
Talk it Over
When you and your roommate(s) have a conflict, talk about it when it occurs. If you have a complaint, tell your roommate(s), don't whine to your neighbors. Your roommate(s) may not even know you're upset and will be glad to compromise if informed respectfully.
View our guide to roommate communication:
Everyone must stay in his/her assigned room for the first two weeks of each semester. Students may request room changes beginning around the second week of each semester.
You must first speak with your RA or Resident Director (RD) before requesting a room transfer. It is the responsibility of the student who initiates the room change to inform his/her roommate that she/he would like to move. No room changes will be approved until this occurs.