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Roommates

Perhaps the greatest benefit of living in the residence halls is the opportunity to live and work closely with a diverse group of people. The key to getting to know your roommate and getting along with him/her is communication; it’s difficult to get to know one another without talking to each other. 

In mid-July via your Ball State email account you should have received notification of who your roommate will be for the upcoming school year. We recommend reaching out to your roommate to begin building a relationship with them -- though it’s okay if you aren’t able to get in touch with one another. 

To help you with this here are some good questions and topics to discuss together.

  • What are your interests/hobbies?
  • What major are you and what would you want to do ultimately with your career?
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • What kind of television shows, movies or games do you like?
  • What are your sleeping habits?
  • What are your cleaning habits (really clean, mix of messy and clean, really messy)?
  • How do you feel about guests in the room (of the same and opposite gender, overnight guests, etc.)?
  • What kind of roommates do you want to be (acquaintances, close friends, respectful to each other but don’t need to be friends, etc.)?
  • What day are you moving in? If one person is moving in earlier than the other, what should they do in setting up the room space (wait to arrange the room when both are there, separate it in half, arrange the room how you both would like, etc.)?
  • What items do you plan on bringing (rugs, appliances, futons, etc.)? Do you want to share items? We believe that a structured opportunity to get acquainted and set some ground rules for your room will enhance the development of your roommate relationship and provide you with a more positive experience while living on campus. Soon after move-in, each roommate set will be asked to complete a Roommate Agreement together. Use this agreement as a guide to help you get acquainted or get re-acquainted with your roommate. A discussion of your intended living situation should include division of housekeeping tasks, sleep and study patterns, methods of conflict resolution, visitation, and use of your room and the resources located within it. Each roommate should fill out the agreement of what they would do and then together have a conversation of what as a roommate set you agree upon for those areas. Following your discussion with your roommate you will complete a signed roommate agreement which must be turned in to your Resident Assistant (RA).

It is important to review the Living Guidelines described in the Housing and Residence Life Handbook and the Ball State Student Code


Each student living on campus at Ball State has the right to: 
  • Sleep during the night undisturbed by his/her roommate or their guest(s). 
  • Read and study free from undue interference in his/her room.
  • Free access to his/her room without pressure from his/her roommate. 
  • Be free from fear of intimidation, physical, and/or emotional harm.
  • Live in a clean room. 
  • Expect that each roommate will respect his/her belongings. 
  • Host guests if both roommates agree to allow guests in the room if it is also permitted within the hall. 
  • Expect reasonable cooperation in the use of room facilities and a commitment to honor the agreed upon room agreement. 
  • Redress of grievances when they arise. 

It’s common for there to be struggles at times with living with someone else so closely. To help with this, here is more information as to how to address the issue. You should let your Resident Assistant (RA) or Hall Director know what you are struggling with as they can help you talk through how to address the issue. It is always best to address the issue rather than ignore it. Most of the time when an issue is made known to each other a common ground can be agreed upon to resolve it. 

Room and roommate changes are made at the discretion of the hall director. Room changes are dependent on available space. Before approving a change, directors will work with students to help them understand the situation and make a sincere effort to work out the problem. Students may not move from their assigned rooms into other residence hall rooms without prior permission of the hall director(s) involved. Room or roommate changes are not made on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or physical ability. 

Unfortunately, for one reason or another a roommate might move out during the academic year. If this happens you would be contacted by the hall director about your situation moving forward.