We encourage you not to make any assumptions about your roommate until you actually get to school and meet your roommate. Most roommate issues are resolved within the first two weeks of school. What may seem like a bad match at first often turns out to be a lifelong friendship. Whenever possible, we ask that you trust that this is the case, and talk through any issues with your roommate. You don't have to have much in common with your roommate. Frequently, people with too much in common shouldn't be roommates!
The Residential Life staff is well trained to assist in working through roommate conflicts. The first person to contact in the event of a problem is your resident assistant (RA). Your RA can give sound advice and draw up a roommate contract if necessary.
The resident director, who supervises the RA, can also be of help if things don't work out with your RA. If all resolutions fail, and you simply aren't getting along, then there is a room-change process. The process is simple: If you are aware of a vacancy where you would rather live, then go to your resident director and request a room change. The room-change process starts after the first two weeks of classes. However, space is often limited in the fall semester so there may be very limited options. The Residential Life staff will do everything possible to help in this process.