HRL Roommate Agreement

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The residential student experience provides the opportunity for students to practice problem solving, conflict resolution, personal responsibility, and accountability. The Roommate Agreement serves as a tool to ensure a safe and respectful living environment for every on-campus resident. It is designed to provide guidance related to common issues that may contribute to roommate conflicts. All residential students with roommates are required to have a Roommate Agreement on file with Housing & Residence Life.

Housing & Residence life defines a successful roommate relationship as one in which individuals co-exist safely and respectfully. We recognize that roommates may or may not be friends, and may or may not have anything in common.  Moreover, we also recognize that residents can still be good roommates to others, even if they have nothing in common and are not friends prior to move-in. 

One Roommate Agreement per unit is required.  Please review this document and discuss these topics with your roommates (and/or suitemates) before completing it.  After your discussion, take 15 - 20 minutes and sit down together with your roommates to carefully complete this form. Upon completion, it will be submitted to your RA and LCD for review.  In the event that a resident(s) receives a new roommate(s) or conflict arises between roommates, residents will be asked to revise this agreement or start a new one.



Cleaning is integral to the health and safety of maintaining a shared living space.  It can also be a divisive factor among roommates.  This section is designed to get roommates thinking about a cleaning schedule and the importance of shared responsibility in a shared living space.



A guest is defined as any individual not contractually assigned to a particular on-campus living space.

  • The only guests permitted into GVSU housing Living Centers and Apartments are other GVSU on-campus housing residents, with the exception of move-in and move-out.
  • During move-in and move-out, all guests (parent or supporter) including the resident will be required to complete a self-assessment the day of the visit, prior to entering any residential building.
  • Overnight guests are not permitted at any time.
  • Visiting hours run 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. No guests are permitted during Quiet Hours (10:00 p.m.-10:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights and 12:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights).
  • GVSU residential guests must be approved by roommate(s) prior to being invited into the building or unit.
  • Guests must be escorted (e.g., to and from restrooms and lounges) by resident host at all times. Guests are permitted to use lounges only while accompanied by their resident host.
  • When a guest enters a residential unit, the unit becomes a “common space” and face coverings are required by all occupants.
  • All guests must adhere to social distancing, face covering protocols and all other GVSU policies.
  • No more than double the current assigned occupancy of the unit will be allowed.
  • Guests who obstruct or disrupt the orderly function of on-campus housing may also be asked to leave by HRL staff members or GVPD.

This policy is subject to modifications at any time based on additional guidance from the Governor, CDC recommendations, or the institution for the safety of the community



HRL is committed to the creation of residential communities that support an academic environment. Therefore, noise level in any unit may not negatively impact other community members. HRL staff may request residents to cease an activity in order to limit noise that could adversely affect the community. Courtesy is expected 24 hours a day. Residents have the right to ask others to refrain from making noise when that noise interferes with study, sleep, or general use of the housing unit. If a resident requests another resident to lower the volume or reduce the amount of noise, the expectation is a prompt and positive response to that request.



Beyond courtesy hours, residents are required to restrict the noise level to allow for studying and sleeping during the following hours:

          10:00 p.m.-10:00 a.m. Sunday-Thursday Nights

          12:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Friday-Saturday Nights

During quiet hours, spaces should be free from excessive noise. Residents participating in noise producing activities, such as conversation, listening to music or watching television, are expected to keep their doors closed. Sounds from these and any activities should not be audible outside the space. Any noise made in lounges or other common areas should not be audible inside resident spaces that have their doors closed. Quiet hours also apply to noise made outside the building or in nearby parking lots. 24-hour quiet hours are in effect during final exam periods.


Another common disruption among roommates is the sharing of personal items.  This section is designed to allow for a discussion among what items will be shared and what will not.


This roommate agreement is not an all-encompassing document; there may be many other concerns or discussions that will need to happen after completing this document.  This section is designed to allow roommates to discuss certain things that were left out of the agreement that may affect their relationship with other roommates.


By signing below, I confirm that the information provided is accurate and has been determined by all roommates in unit. I acknowledge all roommates are obligated to the terms of this roommate agreement. I take responsibility for re-submitting an updated agreement should terms change throughout the semester. I understand Housing & Residence Life will consider the most recently submitted Roommate Agreement to be the current agreement, regardless of which roommate has submitted it.

Page last modified August 27, 2020