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Welcome to Student Living!

Room Checklist

Click HERE to access the fairly universal checklist of things you should bring to your new "Home Away From Home" at Christian Brothers University and items that are NOT PERMITTED in the residence halls.

Available On Campus: 

  • On-sight laundry facilities are available in Avery, Maurelian, Rozier, and Stritch. 
  • Each Capstone Apartment and Avery Apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and full-size washer and dryer. 
  • The University strongly recommends that residents secure renters’ insurance for the contents of their rooms. The University’s insurance does NOT cover room contents. 
  • Study/TV Lounges Cable TV connections 
  • Snack & Soda Machines 
  • 24-hour accessible computer labs 
  • Activities and programs 
  • Lots of new friends 
  • Helpful and concerned staff 

When you are packing for your first trip to Christian Brothers University, don't forget that you will have vacations at Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break. Unless you are far from home, you will not need to bring a year's supply of clothing and incidentals. This will allow you more space in your room. Check with your roommate, if possible, and coordinate bringing any extras such as a TV, stereo, etc. 

Check with your insurance company and make sure that your possessions are covered while away from home.  If not, you should check into acquiring personal property insurance.

Roommate Relationships

One of the most exciting and challenging facets of your out-of-classroom experience at CBU will be establishing good relationships with a new roommate and suitemates. Perhaps more than any other time of your life, your time at CBU will be spent meeting dozens of individuals from many diverse and varied backgrounds. The key to developing good relationships is respecting others personal life, appreciating and tolerating differences, and being committed to resolving problems through open and frank discussion. 

Spend some time getting to know one another. If possible, call or write to your roommate or suitemates over the summer. After your arrival, spend some time talking about your background, personal habits, schedules, characteristics, etc. Communication is the key to any good relationships! Living with someone does not mean that everything contained in the room is community property. Spend some time setting up guidelines about what can and cannot be used by your roommate. Keep an open mind regarding lifestyles dissimilar to your own, but do not be hesitant about asserting you own beliefs. 

Remember your Resident Assistants are available to help you and your roommate become acquainted and to mediate any conflict.

Tips on what to do when conflict arises between you and your roommate


  • Address the problem immediately.
  • Be clear and specific about how you see the issue.
  • Listen carefully to your roommate’s thoughts.
  • Discuss only the current issue.
  • Assume your roommate doesn’t know when something is bothering you. You need to tell him or her.
  • Keep it between your roommate and you.
  • Look for a solution to the problem together and generate a list of options to pick from.
  • Help create a situation where both you and your roommate can win.
  • Talk to your resident assistant. 


  • Wait to address the problem; it will only get bigger.
  • Involve residents on the floor in roommate issues.
  • Bring up past problems with the roommate.
  • Dictate a solution to your roommate.
  • Create a situation where only one of you can win and the other loses.