The three Cs of being a good roommate

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: August 29, 2022 9:00 a.m.

Ethan Wolensky, left, Aflred Adenuga, centre and Malia Shenner are residence life co-ordinators at the University of Regina.
Ethan Wolensky, left, Aflred Adenuga, centre and Malia Shenner are residence life co-ordinators at the University of Regina. University Advancement and Communications

Living with roommates can be one of the best parts of the university experience – but it can also be challenging. For new students already going through a whole host of firsts while navigating the nuances of being away from home for the first time, living with a roommate can sometimes be a bumpy road. But it doesn’t have to be!

We caught up with three University of Regina students who are working on-campus as residence life co-ordinators to find out what they think makes a good roommate. Here are their 3 Cs:  

1. Communicate

Healthy communication is one of the most important parts of being a good roommate. In most cases, you are living with people you do not know, so being able to communicate clearly with them throughout your time living together is essential. Establishing good communication is helpful in: breaking the ice to build an at least cordial relationship with your roommate(s), establishing healthy boundaries and setting clear expectations. Talk face-to-face as much as possible – not over text or Snapchat. Face-to-face conversations are quicker, more effective, and help build stronger connections.

Alfred Adenuga
Residence Life Co-ordinator
1st year Master of Public Administration student in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public

2. Compromise

Learning how navigate one another's differences living in the same space can be challenging. Being respectful is one of the biggest keys to managing differences. For example, you and your roommate may want to use the same kitchen space simultaneously. Or maybe your roommate has unique sleeping habits, such as playing loud music to fall asleep. Being able to talk through situations as they come up, while being considerate of each other’s individuality, will help stop conflict before it develops. Even with differences, roommates can be lifelong friends. Showing respect for one another's individual lives will help foster a successful experience for everyone.

Malia Shenner
Residence Life Co-ordinator
3rd year Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) student

3. Clean

Cleanliness is one of the most important aspects of being a good roommate. Although different people can have different ideas about how much and how often to clean, there are major benefits to keeping your living spaces clean. Overall, it creates a healthier environment for everyone. The self-discipline and responsibility you show by cleaning translates into a strong sense of respect for those around you. Figure out certain tasks that each roommate can be responsible for early on. This will make cleaning more efficient.

Ethan Wolensky
Residence Life Co-ordinator
3rd year Business Administration student in the Hill Levene School of Business

For more on the residence life team and living with roommates, visit the housing services web page or check out the 2022-2023 Housing Handbook.