Today my roommates and I received a DORMS e-mail notifying us that we have approximately three days to complete our paperwork and link with each other. The DORMS e-mail is said to be sent out 10 days prior to your arrival but it may arrive earlier like mine.
In this email, it gives you your roommate ID which is an eight digit number that allows you to link with your roommates, the amount of people you are able to link up with and instructions on how to link up with your roommates. For my arrival date, we were only able to link up to three other participants which meant my roommates and I had to split up. I decided to stay with a girl that had been with me since the start of the roommate search and found another girl pretty quickly so now we’re a group of three!
Whether or not you are the leader for DORMS, it’s a good idea to discuss rooming situations with your roommates.
- Double occupancy or Triple occupancy (two or three people in a room)
- How many roommates?
- Vista Way, Chatham Square, Patternson Court or The Commons
We made this small mistake because we wanted to get it done as soon as possible and because the last minute changes and addition of a new roommate, we forgot to discuss the housing situation with her. We ended up doing double occupancy because we didn’t want bunk beds, Chatham Square for six roommates. (I’ll explain the six roommates option further down.)
I ended up being the leader for my group and as a leader, you are the only one that logs in when you first register for DORMS. You log into DORMS and review your personal information and add in details such as married housing or any special needs (religious or disability purposes etc) for housing. The next page brings you to the housing forms and regulations that will be printed out at the end along with your boarding pass. After you have read and ‘signed’ the papers, you need to gather your roommates’ IDs and enter them into the system. Your roommates will get an e-mail asking them to confirm their links and fill out their information. The next step is to rank your housing preferences. Initially, we thought we could just rank them like Chatham, Patternson and Vista. However, DORMS provide you with a list of options like Chatham 3 – Bedrooms 6 Person which is confusing because DORMS will still provide you with the various options even though the e-mail had said only up to three other participants. This is probably due to housing availability so perhaps we will end up with six roommates when we check in. Keep in mind it is a good idea to have all your roommates online to give feedback and make decisions.
Overall, DORMS was pretty straightforward and easy to go through. The hardest part was discussing how to split up our original group of six. Always discuss a back up plan with roommates so if things don’t work out, it’ll be easier to sort everything out.