Housing & Residence Life

Temporary Housing - Frequently Asked Questions

Galloway Hall Temporary Show Room

What You Can Expect?

We create temporary housing by either assigning residents as roommates with Resident Assistants (RA's) and by converting some common spaces (study rooms, meeting rooms, and TV lounges) into sleeping rooms. All temporary rooms will have high speed internet through individual ethernet ports and each student will have a bed, rolling clothes rack. dresser, desk, and chair. 

The Importance Of Communication

We all hope to be the best of friends with our roommate(s) but the fact is that you may be very different from one another.  Even the most opposite of people can have successful roommate relationships but communication across those differences is key. Sit down and talk about habits, preferences, moods, and values after moving in. It is often hard to talk about differences when you are first trying to get to know each other. If you intend to live together happily, you need to realize and resolve your personal differences early in the relationship. You can begin by discussing some safe “get to know you” topics such as your family / friends, hometown, hobbies, activities in high school, why you chose UNCW, or why you chose your major. 

Discussing Habits, Preferences, And Needs

Once you've gotten to know each other a little, you will want to have a conversation about personal preferences habits, and needs with your roommate(s). Spend quality time discussing these topics and be sure to listen to your roommate(s) carefully as understanding the desires of your roommate(s) and being understood yourself will make the rest of the year living together easier.   Some suggested items you might both discuss and share include:

  • The amount of sleep you like to get.
  • The time you prefer to go to bed and wake up.
  • Sleeping preferences (lights on or total darkness, sound or no sound, etc.)
  • How you prefer to study (with music/TV in the background or in silence)
  • How do you feel about loaning items to others?
  • How would you like to decorate your space?
  • How do you feel about guests visiting your room?  When can they visit?
  • How would you like to be approached when you've upset your roommate?
  • How do you let people know you are angry?
  • What annoys you?
  • How do you let someone know how you are feeling or when you need something? 

What Should I Bring?

Bring only items necessary to help you start out the year. This includes summer clothing (warm weather lasts a long time in Wilmington, so you may not need winter clothes at this time); bedding items (pillow, blanket, sheets, pillowcase); lamp for desktop and an UL-approved multi-plug extension cord with surge protector. You may also need a small trunk or storage box to store any additional items.

What Should I Leave At Home?

In addition to the items found in our Campus Living Handbook, don't bring a loft, and limit the number of large bulky items you bring.

Roommate Agreement

Once your room is set-up, you've opened the lines of communication, and shared important topics; the next step is to formalize agreement around those important topics By writing them down you will ensure there is clear agreement and push you to explore vague or unclear topics. An agreement form is available for this purpose and can be provided by your Resident Assistant or Residence Coordinator. Have a meeting with all the individuals affected by your temporary situation and write out your expectations around topics important to you that, at a minimum, include desires around sleeping, studying, privacy, borrowing of items, and visitors.