Tips for Living with Roommates

If you've never shared a room with someone before, it can take some getting used to. Make your living experience a positive one with these tips: 

Get in contact over the summer


You will get your housing assignment mid-July so you have more than enough time to make sure you get in contact with your roommates for school begins. This is a great time to create a group message and get to know each other better. 

Plan for the fall

Once you're in contact with who you will be living with, you can plan who is bringing what to the dorms. Plan who is going to bring a TV, coffee pot, toaster, and everything else. You can even plan to have coordinating themes for you rooms.

Respect your roommate


Respect is key in maintaining good relationships with your new roomie and suite mates. There's nothing worse than having awkward tension or creating fights or drama. 

Make roomie rituals


A great way to bond with your roomies is to bond over similarities. If you can't find similarities, create some rituals that you can bond over! Choose a TV show to watch together every week with fun snacks or make every Tuesday taco night. Give yourselves something to look forward to together! 

If needed, make a chore list


Chore lists are definitely a huge way to keep things organized. If needed, sit down and discuss together how everyone can contribute in cleaning up. 

Keep good communication 

Communication is key! For example — if you're planning on having guests over, make sure to check with everyone that I's okay.


What to Expect your Freshman Year



Orientation is the place to learn everything about academics, campus programs and services, as well as an opportunity o meet staff, faculty, and other students of your class! Learn everything you need to know about our campus and programs to help prepare for your first day in the fall. 

Room Assignments 

Room assignments are emailed to your student email account toward the middle of July! We recommend reaching out to your roommate/suitemates to get to know each other and to plan accordingly for fall. This helps to coordinate who will bring what for your dorm! Then get excited to meet everything, because move in weekend will be here before you know it.

Move in Weekend 

Mark your calendars for move in weekend! Make sure to check your housing information to find out your movie n time. From 9 AM - 4 PM you will be able to pick up your textbooks at the University Store as well as your student ID and parking permit at Seawolf Services. After, join everyone for the Family BBQ from 4-6 PM on Person Lawn. 

First Day of Classes


Don't be nervous, the first day of college is a lot less intimidating then you probably expect it to be. Usually, you will just be going over your class syllabus. If you need help finding a class, don't be afraid to ask someone. 

Getting Involved


There are a ton of different clubs and organizations on campus — there is bound to be one that sparks your interest! Getting involved is a great way to meet new people and get adjusted to the campus. 

How to Find A Compatible College Roommate

I think it's safe to say that we have all heard at least one roommate horror story, and that story has stuck with us until now. So, how do you find a roommate who will be compatible with you and a potential lifetime friend? Keep reading. 


1. Pick your own roommate, even if you don't know them very well.

You can either go random with roommates or you can choose your roommate. I highly suggest choosing a roommate to avoid any incompatible situations. While you can't guarantee you will get along with your roommate, you can at least increase the chances by having a say in who you live with for a year! 

2. Join Facebook Class Group Pages.

This depends on how the majority of people find roommates at the school. At Sonoma State, joining the Facebook group for your graduating class is the #1 way that students find their roommates here. I found my roommate on my class page and I have lived with her ever since - not to mention she is my best friend. The funny thing is, finding a roommate is similar to online dating. You will be chatting and making small talks with many different people and trying to find the things you have in common. Tell them what you love to do and what you don't like so much. Be yourself and make sure you're talking about thing that can give you a feel if this person would be a good match or not as your potential roommate. 

3. Meet in person, if you can. 

The best way to ensure that you will be compatible with your future roomie is to plan a meet-up before school starts. This is the best way to communicate and get to know each other! 

4. Communicate effectively.

Avoid awkward conversations down the line by being open from day one and discussing boundaries, habits, and schedules. During your time as roommates, whether you become best friends or not, communication will be so necessary. No relationship can be perfect, but it can come close to it with open and calm conversation! Always remember to discuss these things in person and not over text messages. 


10 Things Every College Student Should Do This Summer

This school year has almost reached the end... Which means it's officially acceptable to start thinking about summer! Here are some things that you should mark off and add to your summer checklist to help your future self. 


1. Get an Internship

Why get a summer internship? Read this blog post here. Having a summer internship can majorly boost you skills and also looks awesome on your resume. Whether the internship is paid or unpaid, the experience you will gain will help you gain first hand knowledge in the working world.


2. Adventure

Travel to a new place, try a new restaurant, or do a new activity! The key to having a successful summer is to find balance between work, school, and a social life.


3. Learn a New Skill

Learn something new that interests you! Having many skills can help to impress a future employer and help you land your dream job!


4. Read a new book

You probably had to read boring textbooks all semester, so take a break and indulge in reading that book you've been wanting to read for some time!


5. Plan for the Fall

Buying a planner can help you stay organized! Plan out your schedule for the fall semester to avoid stress and conflicts. Remember to keep your schedule balanced.


6. Work a Summer Job

It doesn't matter if you decide to lifeguard or work at a local restaurant, having work experience is key to landing a job in the future. Employers want to see you have experience working, regardless of the position. Plus, you can make some extra money!

7. Build a Resume

If you do not already have a resume, now is the time to make one! There are many templates online to help you get started. Think about experiences in which you've taken on leadership roles, demonstrated initiative, or learned a specific skill. Don't forget to proofread!


8. Take a Summer Course

Taking a summer course can help put you ahead of schedule for graduation! Contact your local junior college or state college to find a course that interests you! Make sure to verify the course will be transferred with Sonoma State. is a helpful website in determining if the course will transfer credit to Sonoma.


9. Get letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation can be obtained through your job, internship, or even from some of your favorite teachers! This is beneficial and sometimes necessary to have.

10. Have fun! 

Don't forget to have fun and enjoy your summer! We will see you in the fall!

Housing Survey = Chance to Win $$


Want to win an Amazon Gift Card up to $300? You could win a prize by responding to an important survey for Sonoma State students. The university is working with a consulting team as they consider new campus housing options. We have designed this survey to make sure the housing will take into account your needs and preferences. Please fill out the survey even if you are not interested in living on campus at this time

As an incentive, the consultants conducting the survey will award Amazon gift cards – up to $300 - to four randomly-selected students who complete and submit the survey by May 10, 2018, regardless of interest in campus housing. To take the survey, check your Sonoma email for the link. 

We greatly appreciate your time and cooperation in completing the questionnaire. Thank you for your assistance with this very important process.