Living Safely in Your Dorm

By telling your resident advisor and roommate about your food allergy needs, you can create a healthy, safe environment in your college dorm.

Living in a college dorm can be a great opportunity to make new friends and enjoy new experiences. By telling your resident advisor (RA) and roommate(s) about your food allergy needs, you can create a healthy, safe environment.

Starting the Conversation

Begin by telling your RA and roommate(s) about the foods you must avoid, how they can help you stay safe and what to do in an emergency.

Dorm Room Details

Talk with your roommate(s) about how you will handle food storage and preparation in your dorm. Also discuss restricting eating to a designated area and how to handle clean up. Explain that you may not be able to share food with them, to lower risk of cross-contact.

If talking about your allergy with a peer makes you uncomfortable or you aren't quite sure how to broach the subject, ask for advice from your RA or other trusted counselor.

Your Emergency Care Plan

Share your Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan with your RA. Consider sharing it with your roommate and close friends as well.

Make sure they all know how to recognize an anaphylactic reaction. If the school allows, it's also a good idea to show these same people how to use your epinephrine auto-injector.

Put together emergency medical kits with medications you use to treat an allergic reaction. Include a copy of your Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan signed by your doctor. Store a kit in prominent place in your dorm room—and keep the other with you at all times.