Ucsb Community Housing Office University Center, santa barbara, ca 93106-7160 E-mail: ucsbcho housing.ucsb.edu v.housing.ucsb.edu Phone: 805-893-4371 On-Line Listen v Education v Dispute Resolution Rental… There are many ways to get closer to a roommate agreement. Many agreements are a model and can provide you with general areas and proposed rules. This may sound ridiculous, but think – and talk – about space. Do you want your roommate`s friends to hang on your bed while you`re away? At your desk? Do you like your room? Own? Is it chaotic? How would you feel if your roommate`s clothes started sneaking by your side? It`s really easy to find an arrangement for these things, actually. I was in situations where my roommate and I were writing when one of us was going to bed while the other was still outside, so we didn`t know we were booing and slamming the door. It`s also a good time to talk about what you want to do (texts, calls, etc.) when one of you is away for one night. That way, you don`t wake up to find that your roommate never came back and panicked. Yes, I say it from experience.
College apartment offices tend to cover them quite well, as dorms often require security as you put guests inside and out. But it`s always worth talking about, especially if you and your roommate have a very different view of what it means to have human beings. Your home will probably have its own rules for clients, which will allow you to help start this conversation with your roommate. But, to be honest, unless you have a super alert or things become rowdy, the rules probably won`t be strictly enforced. That`s why it`s important to talk to your Roomie on your own. Because having strangers in your room can be a tricky subject for people. Borrowing or taking something from your roommate is almost inevitable during the year. So, who`s paying for it? Are there rules for borrowing? For example, it`s normal to eat some of my food as long as you leave me something. And in the larger dorms, where, let`s say you have your own bathroom, there is the issue of common spaces, who wants to watch TV, though, who takes all the shelves in the fridge, who hogging the sink in the morning, etc. Some of these things you won`t discover until you`re well into the semester and everyone has nailed their own routine, but it`s always a good idea to have early conversations to kill potential problems in the bud. You don`t want to bottle your frustration all semester and explode when your roommate will use your shampoo next time without asking.
If you are moving in for the first time with your roommate (either in an apartment or in the residences), you may or may have to enter into a roommate contract or a roommate contract. Although generally not legally binding, roommate agreements are a great way to make sure that you and your college roommate are on the same page on the daily details of life with someone else. And although they seem to be suffering, roommate agreements are a smart idea. Trying to live with someone you`ve never met before can be scary. You want to be cool, maybe even become friends, but you don`t want to get your head around when your roommate`s having a lot more parties than you are. But like so many things at university, it is important to maintain a balance: family and friends, school work and their social life, have fun and not have too much fun. (How, always in a joke stop.) Cohabitation contract (supplement to the lease) Date: This contract is amended to date and is part of the lease agreement dated between owner and tenant (e).