College Survival 101: Living with Your Roommate

Adjusting to living with a roommate can be hard because you never know how it’s going to go or what to expect. Here are some tips for a successful roommate experience:

  1. Don’t stress. Remember this is probably your roommate’s first time living away from home and with someone they do not know, so you are probably experiencing the same concerns as you. It’s always good to talk to your roommates before move-in day, talking to them and just beginning the process of getting to know each other may put you more at ease.
  2. Plan ahead. Not only will talking to your roommate help calm your nerves but it also gives you both time to discuss who will be bringing what. Especially when moving into the dorms, the spaces can be small and having two fridges, microwaves, televisions, etc. will only limit your space. Some people also like to coordinate furniture and other things like that.
  3. Negotiate and compromise. This is necessary when living with anyone. Negotiation will keep everyone happy and feeling comfortable in their living space. If you like to blast music at all hours of the night but your roommate has an 8 a.m., by not blasting your music you are showing courtesy and — who knows — maybe your roommate will return the favor!
  4. Build a relationship. I’m not saying you need to best friends until the end of eternity, but having at least a cordial relationship really can make a difference. If you and your roommate become really close friends that’s great, but no need to force a relationship.
  5. Respect. Simple, treat your roommate how you’d like to be treated. All about the compromise and negotiation, never demand anything and always have an open, honest line of communication.
  6. Have a Plan. Make sure you and your roommate are on the same page about what happens if your belongings get damaged or stolen from your dorm. Look into renters insurance policies to protect everyone’s belongings and liability.
  7. Have fun!

Living with your roommate in college can be fun, but it can also be stressful. Check out these tips to start off on the right foot!