Living on campus? Here are 15 tips to make the most of your residence hall experience all year long.
Acclimating to your new home
- Don’t drop your old connections. Continue talking with your high school buddies while you're in the process of making new friends.
- Leave your door open. To meet other people in your residence hall, consider leaving your room door open.
- Take time for yourself. It's okay to spend some quality time alone; the first few weeks are crazy!
- Know that it's okay to eat lunch alone—you'll notice plenty of other people do it, too.
- Get to know people in your classes by forming study groups or inviting a classmate to get coffee after class.
- Step out of your comfort zone. Go to events, regardless of how cheesy or ridiculous they sound! You may be surprised to find interest in a club or program you wouldn't necessarily have considered on your own.
Living with roommates
- Start with an icebreaker. If you can, find your new roommate(s) on Facebook and message them prior to moving in to help ease any awkwardness. On move-in day, focus on unpacking and setting up your room together. Ask questions to learn about each other and discover shared interests.
- Establish some ground rules—get the not so fun part out of the way.
- Explore campus together. Check out a campus event or sign up for a club that interests you both.
- Venture off campus. Grab lunch on The Hill or find your go-to off-campus coffee shop.
- Be patient. Working things out with someone new takes time.
Programs and resources
- Meet your RA and hall director—they can help you get involved.
- Become aware of your resources (you have a lot!) A good place to start is the CU Boulder student tab. There is also free academic support through the Academic Success and Achievement Program.
- Participate in hall programming. Join your hallmates for community-building activities and events right in your own hall.
- Get involved in your on-campus community by joining hall council (part of the Residence Hall Association), the Golden Buffalo Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary or a year-long Residential Academic Program (RAP).