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Rooms Policy, Roommate Assignments & Roommate Etiquette

Policy on Single or Double Rooms Assignments

At St Mike's, freshmen are automatically assigned to double rooms. Residents in their second year of study and beyond (including grads) are given singles.

If space permits, the following exceptions will be considered:

  • Students who have a medical condition that would make sharing a room an undue hardship. Residents in this situation need to make a written petition to the Dean of Students, and the medical condition needs to be verified by UofT's Accessibility Services
  • Transfer studenst who have already done a year at another university;
  • National Scholars. (This is a special UofT scholarhip - please see the UofT Admissions Website for more information about National Scholars);
  • Freshmen students with the highest entry marks. (Depending on availability).

Roommates: Don't Worry, It's Actually Good

The idea may seem daunting at first, but the vast majority of students in their first year of study find that sharing a room is a very positive experience. The biggest advantage is that it prevents students from becoming isolated during their transitional year between high school and university and encourages them to become part of the larger residence community. All residents in their second year and above are offered private (i.e. single room) accommodation.

The Dean of Students personally oversees the roommate assignment process and does his best to ensure that each freshmen receives a compatible match. This is accomplished through the information that you provide in the "SMC Personal Questionnaire". The questionnaire inquires about a wide variety of subjects ranging from sleeping habits and musical tastes, to one's program of study, and even favourite movies and TV shows!

The most common causes of incompatibility between roommates are differences in living habits and personalities. For this reason it is essential that those completing the questionnaire be as frank as possible about themselves. Everything in the Personal Questionnaire will be treated with strict confidentiality. Many students discover that their roommate becomes their best friend on campus and some even request to room together during their second year. Those who already know someone they would like to have as their roommate are encouraged to indicate this in the place provided on the Questionnaire. As long as the person identified agrees to the match, the request will be granted by the Dean of Students.

Living with others 101: Roommate Etiquette

Having a roommate during your freshman year is a time honoured part of the university experience. The Residence Admissions staff try hard to match compatible people based on the information provided in their personal questionnaires. While having a roommate has its advantages, sometimes you'll both have to make an extra effort to live together harmoniously. During your first week at St. Mikes, you and your roommate will be required to sit down to discuss how you would prefer to handle the following issues included on the roommate contract:

Download the Roommate Agreement

Sleeping

  • Sleeping schedule: Discuss your time preferences for going to bed and waking up during the week and on weekends. How will you handle a situation where you come home and your roommate is already asleep or vice versa? Please be considerate if your sleeping patterns don't match.
  • Decide how you will handle a situation where it is discovered that one of you snores.
  • Do either of you like to have a nap during the day? If so when?

 

Studying

  • Do you want your room or the library to be your preferred study area?
  • Do you prefer to study with music on or off?

 

Telephone

  • What is the latest you would prefer your roommate talk on the phone and receive calls until?

 

Music

  • What kind and how loud do each of you prefer the music in your room? Although the Dean does his best to match people with similar musical preferences, do not automatically assume your roommate shares your tastes.

 

Hygiene

  • Whenever two people share such close quarters it is imperative that both practice good hygiene. Be sure to shower regularly with soap, use deodorant, brush your teeth regularly and use mouthwash. Do not use overpowering amounts of cologne.
  • Don't cut your finger or toe nails in your room; use the washroom.
  • Do not let your dirty clothes pile up and always keep them in a laundry basket. Your roommate should never be forced to handle your dirty clothes.
  • Don't throw wet garbage (e.g. banana peels, apple cores, pizza crusts) in the garbage can in your room; use the one in the washroom (or corridor) which is changed daily.
  • When should dirty dishes be washed? The same day they are used? The day after?

 

Guests

  • Though you might think you have the greatest friends in the world your roommate might not be so sure. If you are entertaining and your roommate comes home, make plans to go to the common room or elsewhere.
  • Make sure your guests realize that your roommate's possessions are off limits (this includes their bed for sitting on).

 

Borrowing & Lending

  • If only one of you brought a fridge, stereo, VCR, hairdryer, microwave, computer etc., are you prepared to share these items or would you prefer if your roommate bought his own? Don't be offended if your roommate prefers not to lend out his/her possessions.
  • It is strongly advised that you refrain from making a habit of continually borrowing things from your roommate, even if he/she originally gave you permission to use anything you like. Every year roommates who initially said "what's mine is yours" often grow to regret their initial generosity.
  • If your roommate lends you something such as a book or CD, remember that you are not at liberty to lend it to anyone else.
  • Always put borrowed CDs and tapes back in their cases.
  • Try to avoid borrowing anything without asking, even if you're sure your roommate won't mind.
  • If you do borrow something (no matter how trivial) always replace it, or at least offer to replace it - even things like soda pop, a razor blade, etc.
  • Do not ask your roommate for a bite of food or a sip of beverage which he/she is in the process of consuming. Wait until it is offered (and do not expect that it will!). Mooching is often a source of friction.
  • It is strongly recommended that you never ask your roommate to lend you money, buy things for you on his/her credit card, or cover your share of a joint bill. Unpaid debts are a quick way to ruin a friendship.
  • If your roommate was generous (or foolish) enough to lend you money, he/she should never have to ask for the money to be returned. Pay him/her back immediately!
  • It is highly recommended that you do not borrow your roommate's clothes.

Above all COMMUNICATE!