5 Tips for Getting Along with Roommates

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The summer is quickly winding down and before we know it, the school year will be starting again. For college freshmen, this means that it is almost time to move into a dorm. Transitioning from living with your family to sharing a small room with someone else you may not even know can be difficult. Thankfully, when you follow a few simple tips for living with a roommate, the transition may be easier than you expect.

Read these tips below!

How to Get Along with a Roommate in 5 Easy to Follow Tips!

  • Get to know your roommate ahead of time: If you’ve been placed with a random roommate, it is helpful to get to know him or her ahead of time. As soon as you’ve been placed together, spend time talking to each other. If there’s going to be an issue with getting along, it’s better to know sooner rather than later.
  • Set rules and boundaries in advance: Are you okay with your roommate borrowing clothes from your closet? If your high school friends visit from out of town, can they stay the night? Before moving in together, it is essential to set some rules and boundaries that you think are important.
  • Determine who is bringing what: Purchasing items for a dorm is expensive. With this in mind, it is important to only buy what you need. Divide up who will be purchasing mutually-used items such as the area rug, TV, and coffee maker. This will not only prevent you from having duplicate items, it will also help contributions to be divided up equally.
  • Go into it with the right mindset: It is important to go into your roommate agreement with the right mindset. While you obviously want to get along with one another, it isn’t necessary to be best friends. To make other friends, join clubs, groups, and organizations.
  • Bring problems up as they arise: Is your roommate not respecting quiet hours or is he or she constantly using your stuff without asking? As soon as you start to notice a problem, it is important to bring it up Addressing issues early will help to prevent any problems from going from small to large.

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