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The Unofficial Guide for Moving to Campus

So, you're moving to Whitworth this fall. You've read the official list of what to bring and know you'll need extra-long sheets and a shower caddy. You know what residence hall you'll be living in and who your roommate will be. But what else do you need to know before you arrive on campus?

We asked current students what they were glad they brought to Whitworth and what helped them get along well with their roommates. Here's some of their best advice for the next generation of Pirates.

Things to Bring

  • A hammock or blanket – a must on campus for whenever the sun is out.
  • A reusable mug, because the coffee shop gives discounts if you bring your own.
  • Gloves, so you can catch your pinecone to send to @whitworthpinecones pain-free.
  • A reminder of home – photos, a memento from high school, a favorite sweater, etc.
  • A backrest pillow to open up another place to sit in your room.
  • More fall/winter clothes than spring/summer outfits. It's chilly for much of the year.
  • One formal outfit.
  • A Frisbee.
  • A fan.
  • String lights to deck out your room.
  • A scooter, especially one with light-up wheels so you can ride in style.
  • An open mind.
  • Chocolate. You will need it, and you can share it to make new friends!

Tips for Roommate Success

At the beginning of the year...

  • Enter into dialogue on the expected cleanliness of the room with your roommate.
  • Discuss expectations for shared items and identify personal items that are off-limits.
  • Agree on what time visitors are not allowed, and be willing to revisit this if things change.
  • Choose together what time the lights should go off.
  • Talk about your conflict styles so you are both familiar with your natural reactions. This will help you avoid misunderstanding later on.

Throughout the year...

  • Be quick to admit shortcomings, and also quick to forgive.
  • Promote improvements rather than making accusations.
  • Be honest if something is bothering you, and address it sooner rather than later. Your roommate might not even be aware of how they're bothering you, and building tension doesn't help.
  • Be considerate and address issues in an appropriate moment, in private. If you have an issue with your roommate, tell them – don't go telling everyone else in the residence hall.
  • If you've addressed a conflict with your roommate and are still struggling after the conversation, talk to your resident director and ask them to help you process what is going on and figure out a way forward.