The Converse University Residential Life Staff hopes that you will have a fun and exciting year. You are beginning a new adventure in communication, friendship, and interaction. Living in a residence hall community offers you opportunities to learn about yourself and others. Converse is a residential university, meaning on-campus living is a valuable experience where in and out of class learning merge.
Our approach to first-year assignments is not to grant single rooms because we believe that community living is an integral part of the first-year experience. All first-year students are assigned to two residence halls designated for first-year housing. Transfer students will be housed on one floor of an upper-class residence hall. Each residence hall has student development staff, programming and facilities available to help you as a student.
Living with a Roommate
Sharing a room with someone is similar to other relationships—to be successful, it requires openness, flexibility and respect.
Your residence hall room is a place to sleep, study, learn and live. However, the room can be much more than that. It might be the gathering place for your hallmates, a haven for intellectual thought or a place to relax. To a large extent, the quality of life in your room will depend on the relationship developed between you and your roommate.
The Residential Life staff encourages you to concentrate on the three C’s for success—Cooperation, Compromise and open Communication. These concepts are basic to healthy human relationships of all kinds. Each roommate pair is asked to complete a Roommate Contract during their first few weeks at Converse. This is done with the help of the Community Advisor (CA) and promotes discussion about your living environment. By being very specific about your expectations from the beginning, keeping the communication strong and being open to compromise along the way, you can ensure a healthy and happy relationship with your roommate.