Chapter 2: Living with a Roommate

Have you been assigned to a double?

Take a deep breath – it’s going to be ok! 


Move-In 2

Although Williams offers a large percentage of singles compared to the rest of the country, a significant number of Williams students will live in a double for at least one year of their time here. In fact, approximately 40% of Williams students will have a roommate during their first year.

Student housing preferences, while taken into account, are not the only factors that are considered in the first-year housing assignment process. First & foremost, each entry is created with the goal of being as much a microcosm of the campus as a whole as it can be. After entries are created, specific room assignments are made, and sometimes the stated preferences for a single vs. double or for Mission vs. Quad are not fulfilled.

So, if you’ve got a roommate, what should you expect?

  • Don’t expect your roommate to become your best friend; if it happens, terrific, but don’t force it.
  • Understand it may take some time for both of you to adjust.
  • Don’t be afraid to be honest – but also be willing to compromise.
  • Your JAs are there to work with you if difficulties become too hard to resolve on your own.

Some advice for you from those who have come before you:

“Coming into First Days with a roommate after having wanted a single, I thought it would be an experience filled with your classic sitcom roommate dilemmas, but it turned out to be a great way to spend my freshman year. If nothing else, a roommate is great company when you’re lonely and someone you always know will be there to vent about your days together and groan together when that 9am alarm goes off in the morning. Love ya, Yolanda!” – Erica Chang ’18
“I originally didn’t think I wanted a roommate, but I’m so happy I did because now she is one of my best friends!” – Caitlan Benell ’17
“My roommate and I got ice cream together on move-in day and were close ever since. So, my tip is, start out the year right with ice cream. It does wonders for roomie relationships. (shoutout to Merudjina, C206 for life).” – Erikka Olson ’19
“My roommate turned out to be one of the sweetest people I met at Williams.  She would always give me presents, she was caring and it really helped that I had her to talk to when I was having a bad day.  Being open-minded about the experience definitely helped me to love my roomie even more as the year went on.” – Cassidy Charles ’17
“You hear a lot of horror stories about living with a roommate, but if you’re both willing to put in the effort to coexist, there’s another to worry about! My freshman roommate and I were perfectly paired, and I’ll never forget the late nights chatting, eating, and studying together – love you Carm! It’s always nice having someone there to talk to, get outfit advice from, share popcorn with, and debrief about your days with at night. Having a roommate is a quintessential part of freshman year, and it’s definitely not overrated! My freshman roommate and I could literally hold hands from our respective beds in our “cozy” Frosh Quad double, but it was like having a sleepover every night with your best friend!” – Miranda Weinland ’19
“You will quickly realize that it’s nice to have someone to talk to whenever random thoughts pop into your head!  Also, earplugs do wonders for sleeping.” – Nina Pande ’17
“You and your roommate don’t have to be best friends! The first priority is learning how to live together. If you two really don’t mesh and you’re confused on what to do, your JAs can be amazing resources and can even put you in touch with other people who may be very helpful!” – Toni Wilson ’19
“Originally a Mission fan, I learned a lot through having a roommate.  It’s amazing to become so close to someone that you may not have had the opportunity to befriend.  You learn a lot about what you do and don’t like, which will definitely come in handy in the future.  Also, there is always someone there at night to talk about your day and offer you comfort.  It can be a huge blessing.” – Mariama Ndiaya ’17
“As someone who really wanted to have a single coming into Williams, having a roommate has been one of the best things to happen to me this year. It’s nice to have someone to listen when you’re not having a great day, and celebrate with you when you are!” – Emily Harris ’19

So, as we said at the top, take a deep breath, it’s going to be OK. Get in touch with your roommate before coming to campus to introduce yourself & coordinate any items in the room that you might share. And keep an open mind – it could be one of the best experiences of your life!