ROOM SHARING

Students come to ISSTA from all over the United States and the world. ISSTA is proud to offer RoomSync as our preferred roommate matching program to help you select your roommate.

By using a passcode-protected Facebook app, ISSTA works closely with RoomSync to provide our residents the unique opportunity to interact with other students while safely finding future roommates. Students can only use the RoomSync app after obtaining a special passcode from ISSTA. An invitation will be sent to students once they have been assigned to their Residence Hall and Room or Suite.

Some roomate matching will occur based on age, preference, interests, language, and other demographic and behaviorsitic information provided to ISSTA through the student's application. Once assigned to a roomate, the student can then become familiar with their roomate in dvance of the semester making the transition to room sharing easier. The RoomSync Facebook app is the only tool other than the housing application where mutual roommate requests will be approved. There is a strict algorithm in place to help secure that the pairing of students is as flawless as possible.

To assist you in successfully sharing your room with your roommate, here are several resources:

LIVING TOGETHER

Here are some things you may want to consider discussing with your roommate(s), regarding the use of your room environment.

  • Communication
  • How will you communicate with each other when there is a problem? What do you feel comfortable or not comfortable talking about?

  • Arranging the Room
  • It is important to arrange and decorate your room when you have both arrived so that each of you has some ownership in your environment. If you want to rearrange your room in the future, be sure to talk to each other first. When decorating (i.e. on your walls and outside on your door), please be considerate of each other and make sure that you are both comfortable with the posters, pictures, etc. that you display.

  • Chores and Cleanliness
  • Discuss expectations for room cleanliness. Knowing each other’s habits can help alleviate stress later. Do you prefer a clean room or are you likely to leave items lying around? How clean does your room need to be? How often should you clean – on a daily basis, or when there are visitors? How will you share responsibilities?

  • Sleeping/Alarm Clock
  • Where will your alarm(s) be placed? What about the snooze button? What happens if someone is sleeping through the alarm? How much sleep do you need nightly? How will your class schedules affect your sleeping habits? What time do you go to bed? What time do you need to get up? How will you work through differences in sleeping patterns? Will you use a fan or keep windows open?

  • TV
  • During what hours will the TV be used, and at what volume?

  • Studying/Noise
  • What do you each define as noise, and what is too loud and what is not? What environment do you need for sleeping and studying in the room? At what times should noise be minimized? What activities will take priority in the room when there is a conflict? When do you plan on scheduling study time, and how much time? Will you take breaks? What are your class schedules like?

  • Sharing Food
  • Will you buy groceries together or individually? If you have food in the room, can roommates borrow food from each other? If so, how soon should it be replaced or paid for?

  • Personal Belongings
  • Will you share or borrow any personal items? Which items cannot be used by anyone other than the owner? Set clear expectations for the use of these items: Is permission is required to use them? Is maintenance is required? If you purchase items together, how will you split the bill, and who will own them at the end of the year? If you do share some belongings, make sure they are accessible to all roommates and are not hidden or locked away.

  • Privacy
  • How do you feel about privacy? How are your needs different?

  • Mail
  • You share a mailbox, so what are you going to do with your roommate’s mail when you pick up yours? Will you leave it in the box or bring it up to the room? Where in the room will mail be placed?

YOUR RIGHTS

    As a member of our community, you have important rights that are outlined in the Roommate Bill of Rights:

  • Communication
  • The right to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right.
  • The right to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, guests of roommate(s), etc.
  • The right to expect that a roommate(s) will respect one’s personal belongings.
  • The right to a clean environment in which to live.
  • The right to free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from another roommate(s).
  • The right to privacy.
  • The right to correct problems. Residence hall staff is available for assistance in settling conflicts.
  • The right to be free of fear and intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  • The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of “shared” appliances (microwave, refrigerator, etc.) and a commitment to have agreed-upon payment procedures.
  • he right to be free of peer pressure or ridicule regarding your personal choices.
  • If you are concerned that your rights are not being honored, please discuss your concerns with your roommate, and seek assistance from your RA if necessary.

COMMUNICATION AND SAFETY

Early and frequent communication is critical to keeping a good relationship with your roommate(s). Living with others can be challenging, but you can make your relationship a success by:

  • Having respect.
  • Being flexible.
  • Appreciating your differences.
  • Being willing to communicate.
  • Working on what you can agree about, but not arguing about difficult subjects (you can ask your RA to mediate if necessary).
  • Being willing to compromise, but also asserting your rights.
  • Being honest with your feelings.
  • Keeping in mind what rights you value the most.
  • Considering not what is ideal, but what is reasonable.
  • Having genuine care and regard for others.

No matter how hard you try, communication sometimes breaks down. Clues that you have had a break-down in communication include: your roommate isn’t talking to you, they leave the room whenever you enter, they complain to their friends about you, or get angry over trivial matters. Take the first step in communicating with your roommate(s) to try and understand what is wrong. It may be something simple that can be easily cleared up, or everyone may have to work on the issue(s) together to create a better situation. Include your RA if necessary.

Note: Safety and security experts highly recommend that doors remain locked and un-propped, passwords not be shared, keys and ID cards remain with the owner at all times, and laws/policies are followed in order to maintain the safest living environment.