Undergraduate Housing Welcome Guide - Page 7

Your Residential Husky Experience We’ve said it before but it’s super important, so we’ll say it again: between classes, study, friends and activities, there are dozens of places you’ll be throughout your day. Whether or not you got your first choice of room or roommate, your Husky experience can be rich and fulfilling. Social and learning opportunities abound, and you can start planning your experience now. Here are some tips to help. Living with a roommate It is important to begin communicating with your roommate(s) early and often. Coordinating with your roommate(s) about items to bring to the room among other things can make the transition process much smoother. It is also important to begin thinking about boundaries and logistics as you prepare to move into your residential community. Your Resident Adviser (RA) will provide you and your roommate(s) with a Roommate Agreement upon Move-in to help you establish expectations; they will keep it for reference, and it even can be amended throughout the academic year. Living in a community Living on campus offers you a unique and exciting opportunity to learn about people and their cultures and lifestyles. Share your experiences with others; there are few times in our lives when we have the chance to live closely with so many different people. GOOD COMMUNICATION Good communication is the basis for positive relationships, especially with people who live in the same room or community. Talking with your roommate(s) about your communication habits will help you develop and sustain good relationships. Talk about your expectations of one another right away. It is important that you agree on how you will live together. Don’t wait until conflict arises to begin talking about how you want to share the room. www.hfs.washington.edu 7