Tips for Living in a Residence Hall

The Internship may include the opportunity to live in a campus residence hall, and for some Interns, this may be their first experience with residence hall living. The following tips are offered to help make the experience a pleasant one.

Packing

  • Keep in mind how you will travel to the internship location. Are you going on a plane, bus, train, or car? How much are you allowed to bring with you?
  • Only bring absolute necessities. Keep in mind that this is a temporary living situation and that the space may be shared with a roommate.
  • Make sure to include professional work clothes as well as a few casual outfits.
  • Think about the requirements of the climate and pack accordingly.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the internship site so that you are able to start the internship well rested and ready to go.

Living in the Residence Hall

  • Determine with the roommate(s) which items are shared and which are private.
  • Respect the roommate's space/privacy.
  • Observe the roommate's communication style. As much as possible, try to adapt to their communication needs.
  • Determine with the roommate what the rules will be for bringing in guests.  Be sure to inform guests of those rules.
  • Get out when possible and enjoy some time away from the residence hall.
  • If you are given any responsibilities, be sure to fulfill them.

When Leaving the Residence Hall

  • Follow the institution's "Move Out Procedure" guidelines.
  • Prepare ahead of time; don't wait until the last minute.
  • Don't forget to trade contact information to maintain positive relationships.
  • If driving, make sure the car has been serviced and is ready for the trip home.
  • Say "thank you" to all appropriate contacts.