Tips on Living with a Roommate

Communicate early to avoid problems later.

Now that the college application process is over, students are shifting their focus to what lies ahead, and the thought of having a roommate in the fall is causing some anxiety. After all, no one wants to be stuck living with someone they hate. This article includes some great tips on how to handle even the toughest roommate situation. Here are a few highlights:

  • Communication is key. Make sure to find out each other's pet peeves from the beginning so that you can be sensitive to them before they blow up into larger issues.
  • Work out problems when they're small. We all know how quickly small misunderstandings can snowball, so make sure to discuss them early on.
  • Respect each other's belongings. Don't assume that your roommate won't mind if you borrow something. Be sure to ask first and set clear guidelines.
  • Remember the Golden Rule. Be sure to treat your roommate the way you would like to be treated. No matter how things turn out, at least you'll know that you acted the right way.


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