Resources for Students and Parents

There are numerous resources available that will help you learn more about how to successfully live with a roommate. Here are a few hand-picked ones to get your started, and we encourage you to do some searching on your own! Let us know if you find a good one worth posting for others.

Internet Articles and Pages

Contacting Your Roommate for the First Time Making first contact with your roommate

Transition to Life with a Roommate Living with a roommate: 10 tips for a good roommate relationship

Tips for Parents

Letting go:tips for parents of new college students

NPR: Coping with a college roommate (Audio segment w/ transcript) Your child and his roommate: 5 tips for the first meeting

Washington Post: 9 tips on how to be a good college parent

Help your student handle roommate problems

Roommate Fun

University of Evansville: Getting to know your roommate

Sample of your roommate agreement: You will meet with your RA in the first two weeks of class to discuss an agreement similar to the one provided in this link!


Parents Guide to Move-In Day

Vaping and parenting guide: does your kid use e-cigs?

Books for Students

Cohen, H. (2009). The naked roommate: And 107 other issues you might run into in college (3rd ed.). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.

Fee, S. (2005). My roommate is driving me crazy!: Solve conflicts, set boundaries, and survive the college roommate from Hell. Avon, MA: Adams Media.

Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2000). Millennials rising: The next great generation. New York: Vintage Books.

Malone, M. S. (2005). The everything college survival book: From social life to study skills-All you need to know to fit right in! (2nd ed.). Avon, MA: F+W Publications, Inc.

Books for Parents

Coburn, K. L., & Treeger, M. L. (2003). Letting go: A parent’s guide to understanding the college years (4th ed.). New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Johnson, H. E., & Schelhas-Miller, C. (2000). Don’t tell me what to do, just send money: The essential parenting guide to the college years. New York: St. Martin’s Press.