5 Tips To Be The Best Roommate Ever!
By Briceyda Cuadros, updated July 7, 2020
Living with a roommate is great, but it’s not always easy. We’ve been fighting with roommates since we were kids and our roommates were our siblings and parents. But now that you’re an adult, there are plenty of ways to get along better with your roommate, and I’ve got 5 tips for you:
- Communicate Intentionally & Effectively: Now that you’re in college, you’re expected to act like an adult. So, when there’s a conflict between you and your roommate, be mature and calmly start a conversation about it. Don’t be passive aggressive.
- Don’t Act Like You Own The Place: It’s as much their apartment as it is yours. Before making big decisions for the place, like moving around the furniture, consult with your roomie first and find a compromise that suits both of your needs.
- Be Reasonable About Guests: You and your roommate should both be allowed to have guests over, whether just to hang out or to spend the night. To avoid drama, text or talk to your roommate ahead of time to see if he/she is okay with you having guests over. Have your visitors over at a reasonable time, not when he/she is going to bed or studying for a major test.
- Clean Up After Yourself: Nobody likes to live in a room littered with dirty dishes, overflowing garbage cans, or laundry all over the floor. It’s totally understandable to put off washing your dishes when you have a huge exam the next day, but make sure your mess doesn’t stay there too long. Not only can it be annoying for your roommate, but it’s gross too!
- Respect Each Other’s Privacy: While it might sound like a no-brainer, don’t borrow your roommate’s stuff without asking! Later on in the semester, you and your roommate might decide to start sharing clothes and food. But until you talk about it, borrowing each other’s stuff is off limits!
Living with other people can be frustrating, yet an amazing experience. You will end up learning a lot about yourself if you approach it with an open-mind. Be considerate and forgiving that people are different, and be flexible for change.