Shelly Call misses her roommate.
Call, a senior microbiology major, lives alone this year because
her roommate graduated.
“I miss having a roommate,” Call said. “It can be lonely coming
home to an empty apartment.”
While some students may feel that living alone is easier than
having to share space with others, Call disagrees.
“I didn’t have any problems last year with my roommate,” she
said. “We discussed our personal habits before living together and
always told each other if we had any problems.”
Aside from having the company of a roommate, splitting the cost
of rent and bills is another positive aspect to living with someone
else, Call said.
While Call’s roommate experience was good, she is aware that not
all students have the same luck.
“Sharing a living space and getting used to another person’s
habits can be difficult,” Call said. “But as long as you talk about
your problems directly, it will help make it easier to develop a
For those who may have difficulties with their roommates, Call
suggests hanging out together away from home.
Mary Ellen Sinnwell, director of Residence Life at CSU, said
sometimes juniors and seniors decide to move back into residence
halls for the roommate experience.
“Living in the (residence halls) is a good way for students to
connect with others and learn from one another,” Sinnwell said.
Conflicts between roommates in the residence halls are most
often linked to poor communication rather than a small amount of
personal space, Sinnwell said.
“Problems between roommates are more likely to arise due to lack
of communication between one another,” Sinnwell said. “Space has
little to do with it.”
If students in the residence halls wish to be relocated because
of roommate issues, they can do so with the university throughout
the year. The switch just has to be consensual for all
Still, Sinnwell said “roommate switching” is unusual.
“Problems between roommates are pretty rare in the (residence
halls),” she said. “If there are any conflicts they seem to be
easily worked out between one another.”
Morgan Peters, a senior liberal arts major, said she had a great
experience with her roommate when she lived in the residence halls
her sophomore year.
“The smaller space can make it harder to get along with your
roommate, but it also forces you to create better relationships,”
From the residence halls to living alone, Peters has had several
different living experiences, but she enjoys the company of living
“I like coming home to people,” she said. “But I know that
roommate problems can occur.”
Peters understands the difficulties of adjusting living habits
for roommates. Dividing up chores and cleaning responsibilities
both come in roommate territory.
“You have to develop a respectfulness for other people’s space,”
Sinnwell said it is usually a good idea for students to live
with each other.
“Students are developing strong bonds with each other,” Sinnwell