Lifestyle Profile Questions

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The first step in your roommate search is to complete the lifestyle profile questions in the housing portal on your application. Your responses will help the system to display best-matched potential roommates. It’s very important that you are the one answering your questions (not your parent!) and that you’re honest when responding to the questions.

We recognize that incoming freshmen have not yet experienced the college setting, so may not know how to answer some of the questions. Please use the information and tips below to help you think more about how to most accurately respond to each question.

Also keep in mind that some of your thoughts or habits may change once you arrive to campus and adapt to a college schedule, such as study habits or sleep patterns. Therefore, use this guide to help you carefully consider your response in the aim of most accurately representing your preferences.

This question asks how often you smoke. While most people automatically think of cigarettes, please also consider other means of smoking such as hookahs, cigars, electronic cigarettes, etc. as you answer this question.

Never – this means you literally never smoke.

Occasionally - while you do not smoke on a regular basis you may have a cigarette once in a while.

Frequently – you smoke on a regular basis such as daily or weekly.

Please be honest here. There are many cases, such as allergic reactions, that would cause problematic situations to have an occasional smoker living with a non-smoker. Also note that while all NAU residence halls are smoke-free buildings, the scent of smoke on clothing for someone who smokes outside could still cause concern for someone with an allergy. Please review the Standards of Residence for our full policy on tobacco and drugs. 

This question asks you to rate how important keeping your room neat and clean is to you. Here are some thoughts:

Very important – you may like to have everything in its place, clothes put away and trash thrown out each day. Messes, dirty dishes, laundry piles or clutter may bother you if not taken care of that day.

Somewhat important – in general, you may prefer a tidy and clean room but sometimes you may not get around to cleaning up right away. While not your preference to have a pile of dirty clothes or dishes waiting to be cleaned, it may not bother you if it is not taken care of that day.

Not important – a messy room may not bother you. You may tend to clean up laundry piles and dirty dishes when you have time. You may not take the trash out every day. You may not notice right away that you’re room has become cluttered.

Sleeping Habits
This question asks you when you tend to go to sleep. Since you may currently be in high school, you may have a much more structured sleep pattern and regular schedule now due to school starting at the same time each day. As an incoming college freshman, your sleep schedule will likely shift depending on your class schedule. You may want to think about what time you currently tend to go to sleep on the weekends, or when you do not have to wake up before 8am. While you may go to sleep at different times, answer this question based on when you typically go to bed.
Noise Level

This question refers to how loud the background noise can be in your room when you sleep. Some people can only sleep when it is very quiet, while others prefer to have a radio or fan while they sleep. Keep in mind that when living in a residence hall, there are hundreds of other students living around you, so you’ll likely experience and get used to the ambient noise in the hallway or from the room above. For this question, think about your immediate room. Are you a light sleeper or a heavy sleeper? Keep in mind noise, light, guests, and other possible distractions during sleep. What do you like the background noise level to be?  For example:

Low – may mean you are a light sleeper, and anything more than a white noise machine, fan or low lighting may likely disrupt you

Moderate – may mean that soft music, lights, TV or computer game in the background will likely not disrupt you

High – may mean you are a deep sleeper and music, talking, TV, computer use and lights will not likely disrupt you

Study Habits
How often do you typically study? Studying can include homework, reading, preparing for quizzes or tests, writing papers, etc. Note that this may change as you transition from high school to college. Many of our students who are used to getting high grades without much effort typically find that they have to spend more time studying and doing homework for college-level courses.
Room Use - Studying
This question asks about the importance of your ability to study quietly in your room. While there are many options available for studying such as residence hall study lounges, Learning Resource Center and Cline Library, some students prefer to be in their room when studying or doing homework.
Social Personality
This question asks how you typically spend your free time. All people will spend their free time in a variety of ways – sometimes alone and sometimes with others. However for this question think about how you mostly prefer to spend that time. Is it curled up reading a good book or taking a quiet walk on your own? Is it spent with your best friend getting coffee or seeing a movie? Is it hanging out with a large group of friends or getting to know a new group of people? How do you like to “re-energize” after a long day? With some “me time” or connecting with others?   
Room Use - Socializing
This question asks about the importance of your ability to use your room for hanging out with friends. Do you like to have friends visit you? Do you prefer to visit other people in their rooms and have your room for your own time? How often do you like to socialize with friends? While there are many options to hang out with others such as the residence hall floor lounges, lobbies, game rooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, as well as outside or at the dining hall, some students prefer to hang out together in their living space. Please review the Standards of Residence for our full policy on guests and visitation.