Top 5 Tips for Living with a Roommate

For anyone reading this, whether senior, junior, sophomore, or freshmen, we’ve all had the experience of living with a roommate. In saying this, I hope to give some tips on how to adjust to living with a roommate regardless of if this is your first time or you're a seasoned veteran at this whole living together thing!

  1. Be prepared for anything
    Make sure to go into this experience with an open mind and try to learn the most you can about this new person in your life. Who knows, they could become one of your best friends for the rest of your life.

  2. Not everyone comes from the same walk of life.
    The rules that you had growing up may not be what your roommate had to follow, so try and be understanding. During the first few weeks, be flexible and easy going until some ground rules are set!!! (which leads to my next point)

  3. Agree on some ground rules.
    In any and most circumstances, rules are necessary to maintain a stable living environment for both you and your roommate(s). Try to establish these early on so there is no confusion when conflict may occur. Writing them down could also be a good idea, along with posting them around the dorm just as a constant reminder.

  4. Don't forget to hang out with your roommate.
    Yes, conflict may come about, but it is important to realize that y’all are still friends and will have to live with each other for an entire year. However, do not force this scenario. Keep in mind, you and your roommate are about to embark on an entirely new journey called college and will be going 100 different directions starting from the moment you step foot on campus in August!

  5. Living with your best friend may be hard but it is so worth it.
    For those that are rooming with a friend or maybe even a best friend, wipe away any expectations that you may have because you may love the friend and recognize that rooming with them is a completely different ballgame. Just be prepared to address those things early off into living with one another. BUT, it is so much fun (speaking from experience). It is honestly like having a sleepover every single night and a representation of home right across the room!