8 Survival Tips for Living in the Residence Halls

Living on campus for the first time and on your own can be a bit scary. Luckily you are living among others that are in the same boat. As someone who lives and works for Housing, I have found that these tips are what will help you get by for the year.

Tip #1: Learn the surroundings of your hall

Since you are going to be living here for the next school year, it would be a great idea to learn where everything is located. Figure out what the main community points on your floor are, and the main amenities that you will have access to using. It is also a good idea to figure out where your CA lives and where their office is located if you should ever need something from them.

Tip #2: Get to know the people on your floor and in the building

Starting college for the first time, or living in the residence hall for the first time can seem daunting. Luckily there are others just like you! Get to know your roommate, suite mate, and floor mates well because they could become your longtime friend one day.

Tip #3: Attend the programs that the Community Advisors put on

Community Advisors are here to aide you in any way possible. Use them. Also, it wouldn't’t hurt if you attended their programs here and there, since they are put on for you! They take pride and get so excited in their events, so show them the same excitement by attending. Also, tell them if you have an idea for a program!

Tip #4: Get involved with University Housing

University Housing offers many opportunities for first time residents and continuing residents to get involved. Such opportunities include joining Community Coucil, attending RSA meetings, or even applying for a job within housing. These organizations help provide excellent leadership skills for future endeavors that you may want to pursue in the future.

Tip #5: Treat the Hall as if it was your own house

This is very important. If you wouldn't’t want your house to look a mess, or for someone to come in and disrespect it, then don’t do that in the residence hall.

Tip #6: Follow Housing’s Policy

This is the easiest way for you to have a trouble-free school year. Just follow policy.

Tip #7: Cherish the fact that you live close to campus

Since you live in the residence halls you have some of the closet housing that is to campus. Everything that you will need to a 10-minute walk away.

Tip #8: Enjoy yourself!

Being away from home is fun and scary at the same time, but you just need to make the most of it. You are here to figure out who you want to be in life, and living amongst people who are doing the same thing is very warming.


These are just a few tips, and I’m sure you’ll figure out more along the way. Happy living new Bobcats!