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    Question about visitors and living off campus

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    Ok I did a search on visitors and I hadn't seen this asked, my apologies if it has, but are visitors really limited to 7 visits per term? It says that in the housing information that came with my package. Do they make any exceptions? I have a fiancÚ I'm leaving behind and he would like to visit me more than 7 nights per term.

    Also for those of you who lived off campus first year, with pets for example, is it hard to make friends? Would you advise against it? I just know from experience from undergrad that living off campus was a bad idea because making friends was hard. People weren't too interested in being friends when they had roomates and people on residence to hang out with. So any thoughts?

    I'm just really concerned with being limited in how often I can see my fiancÚ. He would ideally like to visit me for two to four weeks during a term and hotels can be expensive.

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    I believe it's 7 visits not just 7 nights. So one 2-week visit equals 1 visit but I'm not 100% positive so perhaps someone else can weigh in on that.

    From my point of view I'm definitely out of the loop living off-campus, however being a bit older and having my family with me means that I prefer being out of the loop since my interests are vastly different than most of the class.

    There are plenty of clubs and study-groups you can join for the social aspect if you feel as though you need/want to. I know the 2 kids in my term that live in the same building as I do don't at all feel left out of anything.


    EDIT: and from what I gather it seems that there are certain bars that everyone goes to on certain days just like undergrad if you're also into that.

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    Since your fiance will not be staying in a hotel I think it will be in your best interest to live off campus. Imagine how unfair it will be to your roommate to cram another person into an already cramped space for two weeks or longer. The beds are twin size and there will be two people to one room, so needless to say your roommate will not be feeling the love!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-dot View Post
    Imagine how unfair it will be to your roommate to cram another person into an already cramped space for two weeks or longer. The beds are twin size and there will be two people to one room, so needless to say your roommate will not be feeling the love!
    You are being kind.

    I don't think it would be an option for your fiance to stay with you at all if you have a room mate. You would probably be more comfortable staying off campus. There will be other first termers doing the same.

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    The technical rule made by the Housing Office for overnight guests is 7 nights per term. However, as others have mentioned, both you and your roommate would probably be more comfortable with the additional privacy afforded by a hotel. As a former RA, I did hear a lot of complaints from people that their roommates' frequent overnight guests were interrupting sleep and study patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emt036 View Post
    The technical rule made by the Housing Office for overnight guests is 7 nights per term. However, as others have mentioned, both you and your roommate would probably be more comfortable with the additional privacy afforded by a hotel. As a former RA, I did hear a lot of complaints from people that their roommates' frequent overnight guests were interrupting sleep and study patterns.
    I was just wondering... I'm on the other side of the coin. I'm someone who wouldn't appreciate my roommate bringing in her significant other. Does the 7 day policy force the other roommate (in this case, me) to have to allow my roommate to have her SO stay over for up to 7 days? I think the only solution I'd personally see to this is to pick my roommate first and have the discussion about overnight guests beforehand.... so I wouldn't have to worry about this happening. But it would be annoying if the other person changed their mind mid-term and decided to bring her SO over, and me being stuck in the same room with them while they get it on in a cramped twin size bed... and not be able to do anything about it because the 7 day policy exists.

    It reminds me of one international flight I took a few years ago coming back to the US from a trip to India, when I was stuck in coach with a very randy newlywed couple next to me (they were my age and also Indian, and I was enjoying chatting with them until this happened). I was in the aisle seat, the guy next to me, and his young wife on the other side of him in the window seat. The lights were dimmed, and she was giving him a hand job (it was obvious)... which was really awkward for me, being that his hips were also touching mine at the same time (since we were cramped in coach). I pretended to be oblivious, but had this evil desire to pull off his blanket, turn the reading light on, and call a flight attendant. But I kindly didn't say anything, and just tried to go to sleep. However, that was really too close for comfort... I was just hoping the whole time that nothing of his would end up landing on my clothing. I don't mind what goes on behind closed doors, but I don't want to be in that situation again... not with my roommate this time.
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    ouch... those repressed desi's sigh... think about it this way... the only bright part of his life has been getting married

    As for roommates with SOs, i'mnot sure if you each have your own bedroom, if so its no probs... but in undergrad (1st year) my roommate often had his GF over cuz she was taking a year off...and they were 2 meters to my left while i slept...

    to be honest if ur roommie has half a brain ur not going to be exposed to anything... rather when you leave for class thats when things will happen

    so its not that awkward

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    Quote Originally Posted by pparikh View Post
    ouch... those repressed desi's sigh... think about it this way... the only bright part of his life has been getting married

    As for roommates with SOs, i'mnot sure if you each have your own bedroom, if so its no probs... but in undergrad (1st year) my roommate often had his GF over cuz she was taking a year off...and they were 2 meters to my left while i slept...

    to be honest if ur roommie has half a brain ur not going to be exposed to anything... rather when you leave for class thats when things will happen

    so its not that awkward

    not separate bedrooms- you can practically touch your roommates bed in the SD that they put 1st termers in.

    and you would be surprised at what people will do in front of other people!
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    awww... that sucks can make for some very complicated dynamics, but hanging up a sock on the door knob is a pretty cool phenom that works well


    But you are right, it can be rather disturbing the night before an exam and depending on the person's study habits.

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