We realize that it’s only been a few weeks since you received your letter of acceptance to Butler University. We also know you’re already starting to think about who you’ll be living with next year. With only 231 days left until move-in day, it’s perfectly fine to start thinking about whom you’ll be bunking with this August.
As a reminder, your housing forms will be sent once you’ve submitted your deposit. Since you’ve never lived on a college campus before, we wanted to familiarize you with Butler University’s Residence Life. Live-in staff play a huge part in the development and management of our residential communities. In addition, our staff members promote student development through a variety of programs for groups as well as individual interactions. A Resident Assistant (RA) lives on each unit in the residence halls to help students’ transition to college and maximize their experience. A full-time Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) manages each residence hall. One or more faculty members live in each residence hall to facilitate a living learning community.
Now that you know a bit more about how Butler operates, here’s a list of tips to helping you choose your perfect ‘roomie':
- Get a roommate that is like you. You’ve heard that opposites attract? That’s not always the case when it comes to college roommates. If you’re sloppy then make sure to get a sloppy roommate. If you’re a clean freak then make sure to get a clean freak roommate. If you’re a quiet person then get a bookworm roommate. If you love to go out every Friday night then get a roommate that likes to go with you. Be sure to get a roommate that is similar to you and nobody will complain about a messy room or loud music.
- Live with someone you don’t know. It probably sounds like a good idea to live with a friend as opposed to a complete stranger, but this isn’t always the case. Just because you’re friends with someone doesn’t mean that you’re compatible as roommates. We suggest having Residence Life pick your roommate for you (they have a very high success rate) or finding your roommate on the Class of 2017 Facebook page.
- Set expectations from the beginning. Before you even arrive for move-in day, let your roommate know as soon as you can about your little quirks and preferences. It’s not fair to expect him or her to pick up on them right away, and communicating what you need is one of the best ways to eliminate small problems before they become bigger problems.
- Be open to new people and change. Your roommate may have a different lifestyle or religion than you and it is important to be open to new ideas and experiences. You should expect to learn and grown during your time at Butler. Likewise, your roommate should expect the same. As the semester progresses, be comfortable addressing any issue you have and being flexible to your changing environment.
- Pick which residence hall you want to reside in. At Butler, we have on-campus housing for all of our first-year students. All first-year students not living at home with a parent or legal guardian are required to live in one of the University residence halls. Most freshmen live in Ross Hall (co-ed) or Schwitzer Hall (all female) and a few first-year students even live in the Residential College. You will be able to state your preference on your housing forms. We do offer triples for a reduced rate as well.