Within the first month of every semester or the introduction of a new roommate during the semester, we encourage all roommates to sit down with their RA and develop a roommate agreement. Your RA’s role is to help facilitate a conversation around potential areas of conflict within the comfort of your suite or apartment. These topics can range from preferences for cleanliness, noise levels, and temperature control to necessary accommodations for allergies or medical needs. Finding common ground early is important to maintaining a healthy dialogue. In the event a roommate conflict does occur, the roommate agreement will help residents engage in respectful communication when trying to find resolution. However, should an on-going issue occur our staff is here to help mediate, provide support, and help you explore alternative solutions.
Living With Roommates
For many college students, sharing a bathroom or a bedroom may be a new experience. Finding common interests and shared experiences are the hallmark of the undergraduate experience and this is a fantastic opportunity to learn about yourself and others. The time and effort you put into building a positive relationship will enhance your college experience. Here are some items to consider:
- Introduce yourself before move-in
- Establish boundaries and revisit them as necessary
- Get to know your roommate
- Talk about problems as they arise
- Be realistic with your expectations
- Be patient with yourself and with others
It is important for residents to remember that Housing and Residence Life staff are available 24 hours/day to assist with conflicts; however, active involvement from all parties is required in order to identify effective conflict resolutions.
Meeting Your Resident Assistant
Resident Assistants are undergraduate and graduate students who live within the residential community. The role of the RA is to be a community facilitator for the students living on campus. RAs are carefully selected for their academic proficiency, extracurricular involvement, and concern for the welfare of fellow students. They are trained to be sensitive to the academic, emotional, and social challenges facing college students, particularly those involved with the normal adjustments to residence hall living. We encourage you to seek out and develop a relationship with your RA so they can help you in your transition to living on campus.
Meeting Your Community
The first week or two after move-in is the best time to meet residents on your floor, in your building or in your community. You’re probably looking forward to making new friends and meeting new people. Remember that there are many other people looking to meet new friends, so don't be shy in introducing yourself. It is very important to get out of your room and get to know those around you. Your RA can help introduce you to your community and you can meet people at your floor/building meeting and the socials and other activities that will be happening.
During the first week you are strongly encouraged, and in some cases required to attend several community and university-wide events. They are as follows:
Floor or Building Meeting - Mandatory
Prior to The Knighting, your RA will host a mandatory floor meeting which will help orient you to the community and navigate the various services provided by the university. Additionally, this is the first opportunity to introduce yourself to other residents on your floor.
The Knighting - Mandatory
The Knighting is a required celebration of the beginning of students’ academic journey at UCF. First year students and transfer students alike will assemble to be welcomed by the university President and other distinguished speakers, including the author of our Common Reading selection for the year. This is the only event where first year students can receive a souvenir graduation tassel.
As UCF's official Welcome Week, Pegasus Palooza returns every Fall semester with a week full of social, academic, and service activities for students to get acquainted with the UCF campus, meet people, and simply to have fun!
We highly recommend that on-campus residents register their personal property online with the UCF Police Department. Items such as computers, bikes, iPods, cameras and other valuables can be entered. We especially suggest students bringing bicycles to campus register them with the UCF PD, as bicycles must remain on our bike racks outdoors.
Please visit the UCF Police Department to get more information and to register your property.