roommate contract

Roommate Contract

Roommate Agreement




  • What time can we study in the room?
  • What priority does studying take over other non-studying activities?
  • What is the noise level during study time?
  • Music (times)?
  • Headphone usage (mandatory)?
  • Do we have specific study hours with no visitors or TV / Radio?


  • How often?
  • How many?
  • What are our comfort levels with visitors? With significant others?
  • Do we set times with no visitors?


  • What items can be shared (food, clothes, music, books, etc.)?
  • What items cannot be shared?
  • What items are totally off-limits?
  • Refrigerator usage?
  • Do you need permission to use each others’ property?


  • Noise level / light usage while sleeping?
  • What time is reasonable for bedtime?
  • What about alarm clocks and the snooze button?


  • When should the door be locked?
  • Who can be in the room without one of us being there?


  • Are there any important traditions or observances we should remember?
  • How will we respect each others culture and beliefs?


  • How clean do we expect the room to be?
  • Expectations of each other’s area?
  • How often will we clean the room?
  • Cleaning schedule  (dishes, vacuum, sink)?
  • Laundry?
  • Personal cleaning habits?
  • Do we have carpet, and how do we clean?
  • Empty trash can?


  • What is an acceptable noise level?
  • What times need to be quiet?
  • How late can we talk on the phone?


  • How will we communicate with each other?
  • How will we address a conflict?
  • How will we negotiate compromise?
  • Do we have a memo board?
  • Are there time limits for phone usage?


  • What decorations are acceptable?
  • What furnishings are acceptable?



We have come to an agreement about the issues on this contract and intend to openly communicate with one another if conflict arises.  If needed, we can restate our agreements and document our changes.  We will respect the agreements made on this contract and will hold one another accountable.


Signature: _________________________________________  Date: ______________

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Signature: _________________________________________  Date: ______________

Advice for incoming college freshmen!

Move-in days and first days of classes are fast approaching, and I know at this time last year I was absolutely freaking out. Luckily, I had a totally fantastic freshman year, and you will too. 

In my first year at school, I ended up taking on two leadership roles at my college: freshman ambassador and peer mentor. As a freshman ambassador, I hosted prospective students who were looking at coming to my school in my dorm and took them to class with me, and as a peer mentor I help out at orientation for new students and am a resource for them during the year. I LOVE both of these jobs and especially answering the questions of new students, so I thought I’d write some down to help people out!

  • Dorms
    • DON’T OVERPACK! Bring what you need, but don’t get carried away. Dorms are not very large, and you’re sharing the space with other people, so it gets cramped fast. My plan for this year is to take very little and see how much space I have, then have my parents bring out anything else I need for family weekend if I still have room.
    • BE PREPARED TO GO SHOPPING DURING MOVE-IN! My school’s freshman dorms have no air conditioning, and we moved in during the heat of August. My parents walked into the room and almost immediately went to Walmart to get me a window fan. Same went for storage–once I was in the room I saw there wasn’t as much space as I hoped (see above), so we got some wire shelves to go above and next to my desk–lifesavers. 
    • GET TO KNOW YOUR ROOMMATE(S)! Your roommate doesn’t have to be your best friend (though they can be–*waves at my freshman roommate*), but they aren’t someone you want to be constantly bickering with, or even basically-strangers with. Go to dinner with them, invite them to a school-sponsored event with you (there’ll be tons at the beginning of the year), chat in your room–don’t just ignore them!
    • KEEP YOUR DOOR OPEN! This is sort of a cliche, but it’s so important and so great. We kept our door open almost constantly for the first few weeks of school and people just said hi and wandered in! (Also, since our freshman dorms have no AC and it was incredibly hot the breeze was necessary, but that was just an added bonus.) Our entire hall was friendly by the end of the first few weeks, and even most girls from other halls on the floor knew each other.
    • RESPECT YOUR ROOMMATE! You might have to fill out a roommate contract or something similar at the beginning of the year. Take it seriously. You just met this person and you might not want to get all dramatic and serious and seem whiny or demanding, but it’s important. You don’t want to run into problems later that could be solved right now. If you want lights out at a certain time or have a problem with the window being open, you need to get it settled asap, or there will be problems.
    • GET TO KNOW YOUR RA! Your RA really wants to get to know you and have fun with you, and they are a great contact to have when you need help or advice–they’ve been at your school far longer than you, so they know the ropes. 
  • Classes
    • DO THE READING! You probably will be able to get away with not doing all the reading, but it’s always a better idea to. Especially if you’re at a school with small class sizes, you can always be put on the spot, and even if you can bs your way through it, you’re going to learn more and develop more as a person if you do the reading, even if it’s a story for your required english class that you don’t think matters to you as a bio major.
    • GO TO OFFICE HOURS! Office hours are your friend. Your professors definitely offer them, and don’t be afraid to see if you can schedule a meeting outside of them if you have class or work or other commitments during that time. Especially go if you have a paper in the class–all my professors have encouraged me to bring rough drafts to them to look over before the due date, but even if they don’t bring it up ask if you can. Not only does it make you stand out as a student who cares, you get the same notes you would’ve gotten if you turned it in as is, and you get to fix it to be EXACTLY as the professor wants it. Plus, for me, it forces me to get my paper done with time to edit it–if I schedule a meeting with my professor three days before the due date, I can’t write the whole paper the night before I have to turn it in, my usual MO.
    • MAKE FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE IN YOUR CLASSES! For one thing, it’s good to expand your friend group outside of just a few people, and making friends in all kinds of different classes ensures meeting lots of different people. Plus, you can form study groups and ask homework questions, not to mention have somebody to chat with before class and maybe head straight to lunch with after.
    • DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Basically the same as the reading bullet. Even if your teacher doesn’t check it, do the homework. It will benefit you, that’s why it’s assigned. I had a math course my first semester that had homework every class, but it wasn’t graded. Most people didn’t do it unless they were the ones presenting the solutions to the class. But the practice helped–the test questions were very similar to the homework questions, and people who did the homework did better on the tests, and therefore in the class. 
    • ASK UPPERCLASSMEN ABOUT CLASSES/PROFESSORS! Especially in a small school, they’ll have taken a lot of the same classes and professors. If you’re signing up for classes, ask for descriptions and recommendations of professors–but take them with a grain of salt, as people have different learning styles. For classes you’re currently in, ask for tips about doing well.
  • Food
    • LEARN ABOUT YOUR MEAL PLAN! Our meal plan has several options–three meals every day, just breakfast and dinner every day, just dinner every day, or just dinner five days a week, plus an amount of money that can be spent on food whose amount varies based on how many meals you choose. Freshmen at my school are assigned to three meals a day automatically, and after the first semester can choose which they prefer. I paid attention to how much I ate and found that the most practical thing for me was to have meals every night on the plan, and just use the money to buy breakfast and lunch, since the meals for those were larger than I needed. Pay attention to what you eat, and find the most practical option for you.
    • KEEP FOOD IN YOUR ROOM! Seriously. You will want it. It will be ten pm and the dining hall will be closed and you will be studying or watching a movie or scrolling tumblr and you will be hungry. Have chips or cookies or something ready. If you don’t, you will be unhappy. I have learned from experience. Also, it will make you friends. Seriously. Offer college kids candy or cookies and they will love you forever.
  • Extracurriculars 
    • JOIN A BUNCH OF CLUBS/TEAMS/WHATEVER! Seriously, find something you’re into and join it. Make your roommate join with you, ask a friend from psych to check it out with you, go by yourself–it doesn’t matter. Get involved! I understand that studies show that people who don’t get involved with these things often end up leaving school for good, or at least not having as rewarding an experience. 
    • DON’T GO HOME TOO OFTEN! For the same reason. You should definitely visit home if you can, particularly on breaks, but going home to often or too soon after school starts can ruin your college experience–students who go home on the first weekend are surprisingly likely to never return to college. The best way to beat the homesickness is to distract yourself with activities and new people until you settle in.
    • CALL HOME PLENTY! With that said, don’t lose contact with your family and friends from before. Your parents miss you as much as you miss them or more, and it’s easy to get distracted and forget that. I wish I had called home more my first year, and that’s one of the things I’m most determined to improve this year. 

Okay, this is about a thousand times longer than I meant it to be, but I hope it helps! Feel free to add more advice or ask me questions about specific or general things–I love talking about this stuff. 

Good luck, and have fun!

anonymous asked:

what causes an nhl lockout?

the NHL basically has two participating bodies in lockouts, the league itself as in the owners as they’re represented by Gary Bettman. In fact, Bettman has little control over everything, he’s basically just a lawyer the group of owners hired to represent them in situations like a lockout. The other group is the NHL Players Association, basically the union of the players. Each team elects two players to the NHLPA as a voting member as a representative. The NHLPA then fights for what the players want from the NHL.

A lockout itself revolves around a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which is basically a contract that both the NHL Owners and PA agree on and that’s what they play hockey under. You need this to play hockey as it outlines everything from player contracts to roommate assignments. For instance, you may remember in 2013 when the NHL was working out another CBA and the league didn’t start until January because there were no rules they were playing under. It’s sort of like if the USA had to rewrite the constitution every 10 years, the league can’t function without it. One of the things they changed in 2013 was the age limit on contracts, all of the sudden you could only sign players to 8-year contracts because there were players being signed to 15-year contracts (who are still playing in them). Also before 2013 all nhl players had a roommate on road trips, now they all get their own rooms besides rookies. That’s how specific the CBA can get.

Lockouts come about when a CBA runs out and they have to renegotiate what it’ll include. I always have said lockouts are billionaires and millionaires fighting over money because that’s kind of what it is. It’s important for the sport but as a university student or blue collar worker, a lot of fans get frustrated with the concept and rightly so. It usually involves the owners lowering player rights and the players trying to gain more. These goals are inherently at war with each other which is where lockouts come to fruition. It’s generally about every 10 years but can be shorter because some CBA’s have lockout clauses which I believe this one has in 3 years. 

The CBA the league is operating under right now has come under fire recently because of the Olympic situation in 2018. The owners seem hell-bent on missing the Olympics while huge representatives of the players like Alexander Ovechkin (and a lot of star Russian players) have threatened to go regardless of what the NHL decides. The Olympics really is a whole other issue and I personally do not believe they will miss it just that the NHL Owners are going to put up a hell of a fight until they eventually give in because what’s the NHL without their players? honestly. but Anyway the NHL has said they will say yes to the Olympics if two conditions are met. 1. The IIHF (international Ice Hockey federation) must pay the 10 million for players insurance and housing. This has already been met as the IIHF happily allocated the money for this. and 2. The NHLPA has to agree to extend the CBA instead of opting out in a few years. The NHLPA has said “shut the fuck up are you crazy” in response (not really but come on???).

With these limits, the NHL has basically admitted 2 things: They don’t realize how important the NHL and it’s players are to international hockey (the IIHF easily and happily supported the players wishes when the NHL obviously thought the IIHF would not), and that the CBA is a steal for them. I don’t know what the CBA says but if they feel the need to hold the Olympics over the players heads that’s them admitting they know they got more than they deserved and the NHLPA isn’t blinking (which is a good thing imo). This to me only spells trouble. While I support the NHLPA in trying to give the players what they want to me this means a lockout is looming (somewhere around the 2020-21 season I think but don’t quote me on that). The NHLPA basically admitted they will not extend it which means it won’t last it’s full 10 years before we have to deal with this bullshit again.

I hope this helps

anonymous asked:

The types as college roommates? :)

ISTJ: The roommate that sets twelve alarm clocks every morning to make sure they’re on time waking up, brushing their teeth, heading out of the dorm, etc. 
ISFJ: The roommate who leaves passive aggressive notes about how they’ve done the vacuuming three weeks in a row
INFJ: The roommate that’s extremely organized and perfectionistic in their schoolwork but throws their clothes and stuff all over the dorm 
INTJ: The roommate that stays up doing homework every night and wakes up at the crack of dawn that you’re convinced doesn’t need sleep
ISTP: The roommate you’ve never spoken to and haven’t actually seen since move-in, and aren’t sure if they still live in your dorm or not
ISFP: The roommate that comes home super drunk and then starts crying to you about their problems
INFP: The roommate that wrote a passive aggressive emotional poem about that one time you borrowed their shirt and spilled food on it
INTP: The roommate that steals your food every day and doesn’t seem to pick up on the fact that you want them to buy their own food
ESTP: The roommate that comes home extremely drunk every single night yelling and knocking over stuff in your room
ESFP: The roommate that has a sock on the door every single night when you’re trying to sleep
ENFP: The roommate that you have to come back to the dorm and rescue when they get locked out of their room every day 
ENTP: The roommate that devil’s advocate every time you try to make a decision about chores/lights out time/etc.
ESTJ: The roommate who set a strict “no guests after 8PM” rule in the roommate contract the first week
ESFJ: The roommate that always wants to give you advice on what you should do in your life and even wrote out a schedule what classes you should take
ENFJ: The roommate that has friends over every single moment of the day and you’ve never actually seen them study even though they have a 4.0
ENTJ: The roommate that’s the head of a volunteer organization, in Greek life, plays a variety sport, has a prestigious internship, and makes you feel like an idiot every time you complain about being stressed

anonymous asked:

This blog is part of what gets me through life. That said, my life is about to change drastically. A friend and I are taking our kids and buying a house together (we're getting ready to close!), but I admit that I have a couple of reservations. I've heard a lot of horror stories about friends who live together, and a few about buying a house with someone you're not with. Any tips to make this experience the best it can be?

Buying a house with someone is like having a roommate with higher stakes. You don’t have the option to just leave and find somewhere else to live if you ever have a fight. I know a lot of people have kind of romanticized the idea of living with or right next to friends, but it is a very serious decision and commitment and you should only do it with someone you trust. Move in with someone with whom you can work out your differences in a mature and rational manner. You need to be able to talk through anything that comes up, especially since you both have kids.

I highly suggest this for anyone with a roommate, but I think it’s absolutely integral for when you buy something together—make a roommate contract. I’ll write a guide about it eventually, but basically, put together a document in which you decide who does what and who pays for what and what rules you’ll have for living together and have it in writing. Do you need quiet hours? Does one of you need to cook dinners while the other is at work? Who mows the lawn? Who does the dishes? How will you split the mortgage payment? Who gets to park in the garage? You need to think of every aspect of living together and make decisions before the situation arises so that you’re able to consider them with a clear head.

Additionally, take some time for yourself outside of the house every now and again. It’s about a thousand times easier to live with someone if you occasionally take breaks from them.

Best of luck! I am excited for you!

jurassic-sapphic  asked:

Hi friend, here's a prompt from the list if u so desire, if not it's no sweat! Have a wonderful day <3 I thought you were my roomies new boyfriend so I invited you in but your actually the RA of the dorm and now you think I want to have sex with you

Steve is toweling off his hair when there’s a knock on the door. “Shoot,” he mutters, dropping the towel on his bed. He’s shirtless, but wearing a pair of soft pajama pants, so he’s probably cool to open the door, right?


Better than letting Sam’s new boyfriend (who is egregiously early, by the way) wait in the hallway while Steve fishes a t-shirt out of his hamper, he just goes to the door shirtless. If it’s really going as well as Sam says it is, Steve’s sure he’ll catch the two of them in a compromising position at some point. “Hey there,” he says as he opens it up.

“Hi,” Sam’s boyfriend says.

And boy, is he cute. The first thing Steve notices are his eyes: bright blue, and huge. He’s got wide shoulders, and clean-cut brown hair. His thick, pink lips are gorgeous.

Sam is one lucky guy.

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How Not to Fill Out Your Roommate Contract

Quincy, Aliza and I had to fill out a roommate contract our sophomore year, even though we’d lived together first year. We didn’t take it that seriously…

(Quincy is extremely handy and she’s even made it into a little side business. She’ll hem your pants, cut you a bro tank, fix your furniture, make you a book or a knitted headband, her abilities are endless)

Good luck with your roommate contracts, guys!!


More fun with the roommate contract under the “food allergies/food you hate” section

things are getting out of hand

its turned into a typical argument on tumblr.

seriously just read this shit

this is on our legit roommate contract, and its probably staying there under the clause “this is funny but its not actually part of the contract but we’re keeping it because laughter”

anonymous asked:

What about: I'm a broke college student and my roommate is having sex but I have nowhere else to go so I'm sleeping in the hallway and the hot RA catches me?

Stiles doesn’t really mind seeing the sock on the door for the fifth night in a row. It’s just. The librarians are keeping a close eye on how long he’s there after telling him that they’re not really allowed to let students sleep in the library for the night. Regulations aside, Stiles doesn’t really have anywhere else to go. He’s too far from Beacon Hills to crash at home. Scott is in Beacon Hills doing his internship for Deaton and going to community college down there. So Stiles has no choice.

He lies down on the floor next to his dorm room and stares at the ceiling. He can smell the weed and other things he doesn’t want to name that are seeped in the carpet and all he can think of is how pathetic his life is. This is where he’s at. This is what he’s spending thousands and thousands of dollars for. To sleep on the floor in front of his room because his roommate has a very active sex life and apparently can’t have sex anywhere else.

Okay, scratch that. He does mind seeing the sock on the door again. In fact, it fucking pisses him off. He’s seconds away from pounding on the door and letting himself in so he can sleep anyway. But he’s reluctant to piss off the dude he has to live with for the next three months. 

So he just curls up on the floor and tries to sleep.

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