Having a roommate gives you the opportunity to become friends with someone new, who has a different background and different ideas providing all of you a tremendous learning experience.
The Department of Residential Life participates in an online Facebook application called RoomSync. RoomSync allows students to perform their own online search for a roommate that is also registered at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Roommate matches made on RoomSync are UNOFFICIAL and are NOT automatically added to the Minnesota State University, Mankato Housing Reservation Application. RoomSync users are responsible for requesting each other as roommates through E-services or on the Housing Reservation Application where both parties must write each other's name and TechID number on the form provided to make the RoomSync match official.
Students not selecting a roommate through RoomSync will automatically have their roommate selected through the Department of Residential Life.
Roommates will automatically have their roommate selected through the Department of Residential Life unless they officially requested their roommate either through E-services or on the Housing Reservation Application before May 20. The Department of Residential Life will make every possible effort to honor your roommate and lifestyle preferences utilizing the information provided on your application.
Because of many new housing applicants and cancellations over the summer, roommate information frequently changes. We wait to release this information until later in the summer in order to provide you with more accurate information.
Prior to July 20, your roommate information will be listed online as "not available". This means we are not showing you the roommate information yet. However, if you are in a two-person room or a suite, there is probably someone else assigned to the room already. We'll let you know who that is on July 20.
Community Advisors (CAs) will provide a Roommate Agreement to each floor resident. Apartment Community Advisors (ACAs) will provide an Apartment Roommate Agreement to each on-campus apartment resident. Each roommate is encouraged to discuss the items listed on the agreement. Thoughtful participation in the roommate agreement process will help each roommate support the rights of the other. CAs, Hall Directors, and Area Directors are all resources that can help students further navigate their roommate relationship.
As a member of the Minnesota State Mankato residence communities, you have the following rights and responsibilities. Conversely, each individual should work to be the type of roommate who helps to ensure these rights.
1. The right to read and study in your living unit free from disturbances.
2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance.
3. The right to be treated with respect and civility at all times.
4. The right to expect a sense of privacy in your living unit.
5. The right to a safe and secure home.
6. The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical harm and/or emotional distress.
7. The right to a clean living unit and the responsibility to share equally in the work to keep your living unit clean.
8. The responsibility to respect your roommate's rights and personal belongings.
9. The responsibility to host guests in a manner that does not interfere with the rights of your roommate and other community members.
10. The responsibility to complete and honor your Roommate Agreement.
11. The right and responsibility to speak out when you believe your rights have been violated.
12. The right and responsibility to seek the assistance of others to resolve conflict when individual action has not been successful.
These rights and responsibilities apply not only to roommates but also to other students living in the residence community.
The University holds no liability if the above rights are not met or if the roommate agreement is violated. These rights are only a suggestion by the University to aid you in creating the best possible living environment.
Most people get along with their roommates, but no relationship is perfect all the time. Some students have never had to share a bedroom with anyone else, while others seem to have always had that older brother or younger sister around them. Some students are morning people, while others are night owls. Some are reality TV watchers, while others prefer old movies or sports. Even the reasons why students come to Minnesota State Mankato differ from person to person. Each person is a unique individual, with his/her own likes and dislikes.
The key to making your roommate relationship work is to discuss these likes and dislikes and come to some agreements. (Even if you are planning on rooming with someone you already know, it is important to go through the process of talking to one another about living together. Living with someone is much different than knowing someone, so don’t assume you don’t have anything to discuss.) Community Advisors (CAs) will provide a "Roommate Agreement" to each resident. Each roommate is encouraged to discuss the items listed on the agreement. Thoughtful participation in the roommate agreement process will help each roommate support the rights of the other. Keep the lines of communication open as situations arise in your roommate relationship. Maintaining the ability to discuss issues as they arise is important, and doing so will make your relationship last throughout the year. There are many people in the residence communities who can help resolve roommate difficulties too. Seek out a Department of Residential Life staff for assistance.