With many classes being moved online, most college students are barely leaving their dorm rooms and apartments. This means spending time with your roommate practically 24/7. So, we’ve created a list of 5 tips to help ease you into the transition of having to live in close quarters with other people (who aren’t your family)!
1. End Problems ASAP
You are going to be living with this person for quite some time and you don’t want to have a bad relationship with them. Learn to address problems right from the start because if not, it will become harder to do so in the future.
2. Talk it Out
Get to know your roommate. You don’t have to be best friends, just talk to them in a friendly but “business” way. Ask them about what they enjoy doing in their free time, their likes and dislikes, etc. but also find out what their preferences are. This makes it easier in the long run as you establish boundaries to help prevent problems later down the line. It also helps establish the relationship early on as you get to know each other.
3. Be Aware
You have to be aware of the things you do. Not everyone grew up in the same environment or were raised the same way as you. The things you do that might not be seen as an annoyance or inconvenience at home but can definitely seem that way when you’re surrounded by new people. So, try to pay attention to your actions.
4. Be Courteous
Keep in mind that you are living with someone else, be considerate! Be kind and try to think about them before you do anything and be respectful of their space and things. If you know they are studying, don’t blast music. If you’re having someone over, ask or let your roommate know before you do so. Basically, be nice and don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your roommate to do to you!
As roommates, both of you need to be able to talk it out and compromise whenever an issue occurs. You are now living with someone else you don’t normally live with, what they want or don’t want matters too. Think to yourself about the severity of the problem. Is it something that is worth arguing over and making a big deal over? Talk it out before doing anything rash or passive and come to a conclusion that works for both people.
We hope these tips help make living in tight quarters a bit easier and that you can establish and form a healthy relationship with your roommate. One where you can communicate and minimize the occurrence of problems! If you have any other tips you’d like to share to help others, leave a comment or message us on social media @untunion!