RESEARCH NOTE | How Roommate Agreements Support the On-Campus Resident Experience

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For many students living on campus, the roommate relationship plays an important role in their housing experience and the benefits associated with it. Many institutions now encourage or even require residents to complete roommate agreements not only to support roommate relationships but also as an educational strategy to support student learning. How do these agreements relate to resident satisfaction and learning outcomes?


During the 2018-2019 academic year, Skyfactor piloted a series of new questions related to academic initiatives. As part of this pilot, Skyfactor tested a question asking whether or not residents completed a roommate agreement during the current academic year. This research note highlights results from this pilot, in particular exploring roommate agreements and how they related to the broader on-campus housing experience.


Key Questions:
1. How many residents completed a roommate agreement?
2. How do roommate agreement completion rates differ across populations?
3. How did roommate agreement completion relate to satisfaction with housing?
4. How did roommate agreement completion relate to student learning?