Moving into a dorm room for the first time during your freshmen year of college can be nerve wracking. There are a lot of things you will learn about living in a dorm that you won’t know when you first arrive to campus. That is okay! Everyone is new and trying to grasp a new living situation. Here are 5 things that you need to know about dorm life at the University of Rhode Island.
1.You do not have to be best friends with your roommate(s).
A lot of people that have never lived with another person before make a big effort to try to be friends with their roommate(s). This is not necessary and sometimes makes things worse. If you and your roommate happen to become best friends naturally, then great! However, forcing a friendship with a roommate can make things awkward and uncomfortable. If you get the vibe that you and your roomie will just be roomies, then that is completely fine!
2. Sharing a bathroom does stink, but it isn’t unmanageable.
A lot of people picture the worst when they think of dorm room communal bathrooms. At URI, a lot of students are lucky enough to just have to share a bathroom with the people occupying the room next door. However, if your residence hall does have a communal bathroom, it isn’t the end of the world. The custodial staff takes good care of the bathrooms, and if you respect the space and clean up after yourself, showering and using the bathroom will not be bad at all!
3. There are always RA’s on duty.
When you get to college, you are without parents and guidance, but you are not completely alone. RA’s are in all of the dorms on every floor and they are there to help you with whatever kinds of issues you are having, whether it be academic, personal, social, etc. Reach out to your RA and establish a relationship with them at the beginning of the year! This will make it easier to talk to them if you need to later on down the road.
4. Not everyone goes to bed at the same time as you.
One of the hardest things to manage when you are living with someone new, and in a residence hall filled with others, is going to bed. Not many people have the same sleep schedule, so sometimes it may be hard to go to bed when you want to. Talk to your roommate about when you usually go to bed and come to a reasonable agreement. As for the others that will play their music a little too loud past your bedtime, you will get used to it!
5. URI dorms are larger than normal dorms, yay!
One of the best things about URI housing is that a lot of the dorm rooms are a lot bigger than anything you would find at other universities. This is great for people that bring a lot of stuff to college with them, or for people that just want a lot of space in their room! Whether it be a double or a triple, most dorms here are very spacious.
Dorm life is definitely something to adjust to, but it is nothing that a student can’t handle. Get to know your RA, work together with your roommate, and enjoy your time living on your own. Before you know it, the year will be over and you will be heading home. Go Rhody!