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Transitioning Into The Residence Halls

Transitioning into the residence halls, let alone a research university, can be a difficult process for some students. Student Housing uses many resources to assist with the transition.


Student Housing employs a large professional and student staff to operate its residence halls. This includes professional staff who deliver academic support and leadership development opportunities, others who oversee citizenship development and policy education (and yes, enforcement), and others still who manage, develop and work with our live-in resident advisors (RAs). These staff combine to offer residents an environment that is safe, supportive, and fun, while also providing many opportunities for academic development and personal growth.

To read more about residence hall staff, visit the residence hall staff webpage.

Roommate Agreements

After students move in, residence hall coordinators meet with roommates to work through a "Roommate Agreement", a document that all roommates contribute to whereby they discuss and set expectations to govern their room (and suite, if applicable) for their year in the residence halls. If disagreements arise during the year that require mediation, Roommate Agreements become a tool Student Housing staff use to help roommates reach concensus.

Roommates in Conflict

One very common experience for students in the residence halls is the challenge of adjusting to life with a roommate. Many students come to campus accustomed to having their own private space for sleep or study- life in the residence halls provides a very different experience. We recognize that the transition from life before college to life at UC Davis is full of hurdles and challenges. Life with a roommate does not need to be an unnecessary challenge – in fact, living in the residence halls with a roommate during the first year at UC Davis can be great preparation for living with roommates and housemates during the rest of the college years!

The Resident Advisors and Area Coordinators that work in the residence halls are a great resource for residents that are struggling with their roommates. These staff are able to help roommates communicate about their differences, find reasonable solutions to conflicts, and understand when somebody’s expectations are unreasonable.

We encourage you to talk with your student about the importance of taking responsibility for their experience in the halls. If there is a conflict in the room or somebody is struggling to communicate, our staff can be very helpful and provide tips and tools to make communication easier. Roommate disagreements can usually be resolved through communication – this is usually a preferred step – however sometimes it is necessary for a Conduct Coordinator to be involved in order to address policy issues. Alternatively, some students decide that they are simply not compatible roommates, and they can speak with an Area Coordinator to discuss the option of moving to a different room on campus.