Roommate FAQs

I have never shared a room before. What can I do to ensure we get along?

Chances are, your new roommate has also never shared a room before, either. We have some excellent information on living with a roommate. Cooperation, communication, and flexibility are the key to a successful roommate relationship.

How do I find out who my roommate is?

If you did not select your own roommate(s) during the online room selection process, you may email the Freshmen Housing Coordinators for the name of your roommate(s).

How are roommates assigned?
If you did not select your own roommate(s), Residential Services will pair you with a roommate based upon the lifestyle preferences you submitted as part of your housing contract.
I do not have a roommate listed on my contract. Does that mean I am in a single room?
This means that you are either assigned to a single room, or assigned to a double room but a roommate has not yet been assigned. Please email the Freshman Housing Coordinators to find out whether you are in a single, or are in a double and have not been assigned a roommate yet.
How do I contact my roommate? Can I call Residential Services for information about my roommate?

Residential Services does not give out any information over the telephone or via email regarding Northwestern students unless they have authorized us to do so.

To find out how to contact your new roommate(s), please use the online directory system.

Type in the name of a Northwestern student, faculty member, or office and press the Query button to get contact information.

I looked someone up in the online directory and didn't get very much information about them. At the top of the page, it said this: "Northwestern students, faculty and staff: use the authenticated Web page to gain full access to directory information from off campus". Now what do I do?
Click the link to the authenticated webpage and enter your NetID and password (the same ones you use for your NU email) to get to more detailed information about the person you are looking up. Then, click the [more info] link next to their name.