Living with Roommates

Having issues with your roommate? What can you do?

Whether living in a residence hall or an apartment, living with others requires open communication and mutual respect. Here are a few tips to help improve your roommate experience and help you resolve any conflict that may arise.

  • Communication is Key

    By now, you’ve come to know your roommate(s). Take advantage of that and use open communication to voice your concerns. Some of the issues might be awkward to talk about but having those discussions before issues escalate can lead to quicker solutions.
  • Revisit or Set Up a Roommate Agreement

    Roommate agreements are an effective method to set expectations and navigate living with others. If you do have one, use it as a starting point for discussion and to address any challenges you might be facing. If you don’t, it’s not too late. You can use this template for an NIU Housing roommate agreement or this apartment living agreement.
  • Community Advisors are an Important Resource

    If you’re living in a residence hall, your Community Advisor (CA) is trained to help you make it a great experience. Talk with your CA if you need advice on how to communicate a concern with a roommate.
  • Contact the Ombuds Office

    If you’re stuck and nothing seems to be working, reach out to the Ombuds Office. The Ombuds Office is a place for you to share questions, concerns and challenges with a neutral party outside of normal NIU administrative channels. The team offers a confidential, non-judgmental and impartial perspective.

Have Questions?

Take a look at these frequently asked questions about physical and mental wellness.

Back to top