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Roommates

Sharing a room with someone is similar to other relationships - to be successful it requires openness, flexibility, and respect.

It's important to communicate openly with your roommate right from the beginning. Learning to live with another person, to acknowledge and respect each other's differences, and to allow one another the space to grow are some of the most valuable parts of the residence experience.

You can read the Living Together PDF file guide, which assists with the creation of a Roommate/Suite Agreement. Throughout September, Residence Staff will be encouraging each room or suite on the floor to develop their Roommate Agreement. If you would like some support, touch base with your Residence Staff member and they can help facilitate this process.

How do you assign roommates?

Our roommate-matching process has received many favourable compliments from students over the years. We make every effort to match people with similar lifestyle habits, such as whether they study with or without music in the background, whether they prefer to go to bed early, how tidy they prefer their surroundings, and more. Taking this information into consideration is an important step in the roommate-matching process and yet another way we demonstrate how important your comfort and overall residence experience is to us.

Roommate request - Optional

You may request one roommate for a double-room or one roommate for suite-style accommodation. Roommate requests are given the highest priority - above all other requests; You will be placed as roommates with a friend provided that you each:

  1. Receive residence offers and return the required documentation to secure your residence spaces prior to room assignment in August.
  2. Request each other as a roommate and are the same gender.
  3. Rank your preferences identically.

Some exceptions apply (e.g., students living on a Living-Learning Community floor may not be placed with their preferred roommate as placement depends on both students being enrolled in the same program). Please note that requests for three or more roommates to live together will not be accepted.

Most students do not choose a roommate and are matched with a roommate based on the applicable information they provide on this questionnaire. Don't worry - we've received many positive comments about our roommate-matching process!

Please note: You and your requested roommate must be in the same faculty/program in order to be placed together on a faculty-based or Scholar's Electives Program floor. If your requested roommate is not in the same faculty/program and it is of a higher priority to be placed on one of these floors than to live with your requested roommate, please submit a separate request in writing to the Residence Admissions Office.

Roommates in Suite or Hybrid-style Residences: Once you know your residence assignment, if you and your requested roommate are placed in a suite or hybrid-style residence (Elgin Hall, Essex Hall, Ontario Hall, or Perth Hall) and you wish to share a suite/joint double room with two other students who have also been placed in the same residence, each resident must forward a request to our office.

Please note that requests for three roommates to live together will not be accepted except in London Hall where three-bedroom suites are available.

Please refer to your Residence Contract PDF file for information about Western's vacancy and consolidation policy and withdrawing from residence.

Resolving differences

Sharing a room is just like any other relationship: it requires openness, flexibility, and respect to be effective. It's important to communicate openly with your roommate right from the start. Learning to live with other people, to acknowledge and respect each other's differences, and allow one another the space to grow are some of the most valuable parts of the residence experience.

Roommates don't have to be best friends: there will be times when you and your roommate disagree. Here's a guide on how to constructively work through these disagreements.

You have to take an active role in resolving your differences.

It's important to communicate your needs clearly and openly. Your roommate probably doesn't realize that their behaviour is bothering you. Show your roommate respect by speaking with them in person, not by leaving notes, via text messages, or through social media. Focus exclusively on how their behaviour is impacting you, not on their character.

It's crucial to speak with your Residence Staff member promptly if speaking with your roommate doesn't improve the situation. Your staff member can coach you on effectively communicating with your roommate and will follow up to monitor how your discussion with your roommate goes. Let your roommate know that you're getting advice from your staff member, particularly if you'd like your staff member to speak with your roommate. Your staff member will speak with your roommate to gain more insight into your relationship with your roommate. University employees cannot discuss roommate conflicts with parents without your explicit consent to do so.

Roommate Mediation

Your staff member will recommend a roommate mediation if your roommate difficulties persist after you've followed the steps outlined above. A roommate mediation is an assisted dispute-resolution process where you and your roommate can discuss your needs and concerns respectfully and openly. A Residence Staff Member will act as a mediator to ensure that there's a safe and neutral environment for you to speak about your feelings, thoughts, and needs. Residence Staff are trained to work with disputing residents to create a mutually satisfactory solution. Needs may not be negotiable but solutions certainly are. This process will help you create clear expectations and specific steps necessary to carry out the agreed-upon solution. We're committed to resolving roommate disputes through mediation and we expect residents to make an honest and sincere attempt to reach a resolution.

Room Changes

Room changes are arranged by Residence Managers only as a last resort after all other options have been exhausted. There is little to no room availability to make switches for the first several weeks of the academic year.

Room changes create a dilemma: neither roommate may wish to continue living together but both may wish to stay in the room. Living apart requires one or both residents to leave their friends and floor community. The Residence Manager may require one or both roommates to move in exceptional circumstances. Thankfully, mediation is successful in the majority of roommate disputes. While getting along may not always be easy, it's certainly worthwhile.

Fees

All rates, fees and charges quoted on this website are in Canadian Dollar.

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