Hey guys! Welcome back. Someone recently reached out to me and asked me if I could write up a sample roommate contract. As a disclaimer, I want to say that having a roommate contract isn’t completely necessary, but it can be helpful. It is very common among college freshmen, especially those who have never had a roommate before. It is important to discuss this with your roommate before making a contract and you should both agree before anything is official. If you and your roommate decide having a contract is the best way to go, then go for it. But you both need to agree. If you can’t agree talk to your resident advisor. They should be able to help you come up with something. Even if you don’t have a roommate agreement contract, it is important to set boundaries and guidelines early on to prevent issues later on. So below are a list of things you should follow to be a good, respectful roommate. You can alter this and make it into a contract if you feel that is the way you should go.
- Overnight guests must be approved and agreed upon by both roommates.
- Messes and damages to the room must be promptly resolved by responsible party.
- Both roommates must ask before consuming the other’s food or drink.
- Both roommates must treat the other with courtesy and respect.
- Both roommates must respect each other’s belongings at all times, especially when the other roommate is away. If damages occur, they must be promptly resolved by the responsible party.
- Both roommates are equally responsible for the care of the room. This includes, but is not limited to: reporting issues, emptying garbage, washing dishes, keeping respective side of the room tidy and clean, putting away clutter, cleaning spills, dusting, and sweeping/vacuuming.
- Any and all other decisions regarding the dorm must be agreed upon by both roommates together.
- Any and all other issues arising from the dorm should be promptly resolved as courteous, respectful, intelligent adults. These issues should be resolved before retiring for the evening (a.k.a. don’t go to bed angry).
If a contract is chosen as something you and your roommate decide to do, be sure that both parties sign it, including the person who writes it. I recommend having your resident advisor look over it before anyone signs it to make sure it is fair and checks out. It doesn’t need to be a legal document or anything, it just needs to be appropriate and respectful. Both parties need to decide when the contract becomes void.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope this is helpful. Please like it if it is. Comment below if you have any questions about this or living with a roommate in general. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!