No college experience is complete without having some roommates. Doing so isn’t exactly a walk in the park, but it isn’t exactly hell on earth either. Like any experience it comes with its upsides and its downsides. Here’s how you can make sure that the positives heavily outnumber the negatives.
- Meet Before The Move In – It’d be a helpful and fun idea to meet with your roommate before you move in together. It’ll give you a chance to gage each other’s personalities and talk over some details considering the new apartment. It can be done over the phone or social media, but face to face is always the most effective.
- Make Some Rules – Preferences should be one of the first things you guys talk about. Talk about things like the volume on the radio, the times you like to wake up and touch on some habits you might have. Doing so at the start will be a good way to avoid fights that you may have later.
- Compromise – No matter how perfect you guys may feel together, you will touch on some major difference. Yet, the world doesn’t work on a your way or the highway basis. Perhaps you like to read before bed while your roommate likes to have friends over past midnight. Talk about it and maybe come to the conclusion that it won’t work every night.
- Communicate – Don’t be a shut in, but have a conversation with your roommate from time to time. Establish a bond with your roommate. The better the roommate knows you the better you’ll work together to create a happy home.
- Enjoy Each Other’s Company – If you can show your roommate a fun time and actually act as a positive in their life, they’ll respect you more because of it. With that respect will come the need to not disturb you so much. Doing this might actually a establish a friendship and turn your home life into a good time