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Roommate Mystery

judbeeskijudbeeski 97 replies1 threads Junior Member
I know when my kids' schools let them know about who they'd be rooming with, especially the first year. I am curious how this works elsewhere though. What seems to be the norm? July? August? Not until students show up to their assigned room for the first time on move-in day? When did you find out who would be sharing the dorm room?
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  • doschicosdoschicos 21573 replies226 threads Senior Member
    Beginning of August.
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  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool 1248 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Do they usually send out a roomate survey ahead of time?
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  • judbeeskijudbeeski 97 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I recall surveys arriving maybe a few months after my kids accepted spots and I paid deposits.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39784 replies7246 threads Super Moderator
    When did you find out who would be sharing the dorm room?
    It depends upon the school, but for me it was the beginning of August.
    Do they usually send out a roomate survey ahead of time?
    Yes. I think that is the norm.
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3532 replies49 threads Senior Member
    Some schools have a lottery system, which is done during the first few days after arrival.
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  • london203london203 1351 replies26 threads Senior Member
    And with some, you won't know until you show up (potentially even for returning students who may have requested a specific one) - nothing is guaranteed until Day 1!
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  • doschicosdoschicos 21573 replies226 threads Senior Member
    @london203 That system, IMO, seems like it would create unnecessary stress on the students. There should be a better way to handle housing than that.
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  • vegas1vegas1 583 replies2 threads Member
    For returning students at our kids school they have room lotteries in May and roommates are picked by then. New students get email in early August with dorm/ roommate contact information included. Most kids start communicating then.
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  • london203london203 1351 replies26 threads Senior Member
    @doschicos Agreed! At least as far as returning students go... for sure. When I was in school, we picked roommates AND our room in the spring. No surprises at all!
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  • RuralAmericaRuralAmerica 210 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Returning students at my D's school get to pick rooms and roommates in the Spring. They start with rising Seniors being able to pick rooms first, then rising Juniors, and then rising Sophomores! Then Freshman/new students get randomly put into what's left. Freshman and new students don't find out their room assignments until move in day though!
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  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool 1248 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Found out this week that the new students (9th and other grades) find out when they arrive for orientation 2 days before school starts.
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  • CTMom21CTMom21 479 replies2 threads Member
    My son finds out his roommate at registration in September. He does, however, have a 10th grade "buddy"/mentor with whom he's been in touch for the past month or so.
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  • letsgopaletsgopa 22 replies0 threads New Member
    im so nervous abt my roomate and my room situation. dont wanna single but i also dont want a double so i requested a three room double but those are pretty coveted. all my sisters got them so itll be pretty unlucky if i dont get one :|
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  • Kout737Kout737 33 replies19 threads Junior Member
    edited July 2017
    As an incoming freshmen, the school I'm attending assigns a day where you can self assign your residence hall and your roommate. I can pick the dorm and floor I want starting July 11 and the deadline is July 25. If students don't pick their dorm before the deadline, then they are randomly assigned based on their preferences.

    I actually really enjoy this option as it will relieve my stress as to where I'm staying and who my roommate is.
    edited July 2017
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