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