Roommates! We’ve all heard horror stories, or maybe we’ve lived them. I was lucky enough to have an amazing roommate my freshman year (Shoutout to the lovely Monica!), but many of my friends were not. Living with someone you’ve never met before can be a daunting concept! As the next school year rapidly approaches, whether you’re done with college, are currently attending one, or have yet to apply, the thought of living with a random person for nine months or so is enough to set anyone on edge. As a rising college sophomore, I thought I’d share my tips for making living with another person go smoothly!
- Set ground rules-what’s off limits, what’s okay, what’s not okay. You guys will be spending so much time together, it’s a good idea to lay down the law at the beginning. Think of it as a pre-nup for your roommate-hood! Discuss what’s allowed when, whether overnight guests are okay, what the other party is comfortable with. It will make both of you feel much more relaxed!
- Have a study space away from your room. Spending study time outside your shared space gives your roommate some alone time, as well as giving you a better spot to focus on your work. It’s hard to be productive when there’s someone perfectly willing to discuss last night’s Pretty Little Liars episode for hours on end with you!
- Make friends other than your roommate. It’s awesome to be friends with your roommate, but it’s also hard to spend a lot of time with them outside of the room, since you’re already living with them! It’s easy to get sick of one person, and since you have to live with them for the whole year, try not to get fed up with them quickly!
- Talk about what’s bothering you. This is the biggest one. Bottling little annoyances up is what causes tension and fights. Don’t be passive-aggressive! Do you hate when they throw their clothes on your side? Do their feet smell heinous? Tell them! It’s the only way to really resolve the issue.
- Be understanding! Remember, they’re also sharing their space with someone else, and it may take a little while for you to get used to each other.
I hope these help! Any good roommate stories to share? How do you make the roomie situation go smoothly? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂