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A Guide to Residence Hall Living
A Guide to Residence Hall Living
Before a student moves into his or her room, the College requires that the student sign a residence hall contract. In signing, the student agrees to abide by the residence hall regulations stated in the contract and in the student handbook. The housing agreement terminates when the student withdraws from the College. A student who withdraws from the College may not continue to live in the residence halls.
The most important word is “respect.” Give everyone else at least the same degree that you expect to get. Treat everything — things that belong to the residence hall and things that belong to other students, as well as your own property — with respect. Residence halls are unique places. Living in a residence hall is a privilege, not a right. Please remember that the rules apply to your guests as well as yourself, and it is your job to tell them how to behave when they visit you.
Every community has guidelines that encourage respect for the people we live and work with as well as the space we share. Because you are living in a Regis College residence hall, which is part of an educational environment, you will find some of the living expectations different from the ones that cover living off-campus or at home.
Living with Roommates
The college roommate experience is a difficult one for just about everybody. It's tough to share a small space with another person, especially when you're in a stressful college environment. And if you live in a residence hall room with a total stranger, there's bound to be some conflict.
Along with practicing common sense roommate etiquette, one smart thing you can do to minimize conflict is to write a roommate contract. The concept is simple: you sit down with your roommate at the beginning of the semester, talk about "rules" to regulate behavior in your room and put it all down on paper and sign. Compromise will almost certainly be necessary. Regis College strongly encourages freshman to draw up roommate contracts and we train the residence assistant to help.
How to Avoid Conflicts
So how can you be a good roommate? First and foremost, be polite. You don't have to be best friends, but things will be much easier if you mind your manners and treat each other with respect. Consider drawing up a college roommate contract to establish expectations early, and read here for some tips on how to deal with college roommate conflicts.
Here are some residence hall etiquette tips to keep the relationship with your roommate as smooth as possible!
- Clean up after yourself
- When your roommate wants quiet, be quiet
- Never wake a sleeping roommate
- Do not use your roommate's stuff without permission
- Be reasonable about visits from friends
- Be reasonable about visits from "special" friends
- Don't do anything that makes your roommate uncomfortable
- Never gossip about your roommate
- Never spread your roommate's secrets
- Do not break your roommate's things
- Never make fun of or belittle your roommate
Some things you should know
- The college is not responsible if your personal belongings are stolen or damaged. You should have them protected either by your family’s homeowners insurance or by purchasing apartment insurance.
- Each Residence Hall has a conveniently located laundry room. Please follow the care and safety directions you’ll find there.
- Keep your door locked at all times even when you are inside.
- Carry your keys and ID’s at all times. (Do not have your ID attached to your key ring)
- Keep your valuables and money out of sight, even in your room. Take them home over vacation.
- Report suspicious people and activities immediately. Call extension 7777.
- Don’t sign in other people’s guests.
- Don’t prop doors open.
The residence hall is intended to be a place that
- helps you study comfortably
- lets you live free from violence, harassment or disrespect
- lets you learn how to live in a community with other students
- offers you a chance for personal growth and development.