College dorm life may feel like living in a bunker, but students can survive if they follow simple rules. College students should understand this living arrangement is only temporary, and worst case scenario, room or roommates can be changed.
Chances are you and your roommate are going to disagree on something. You may even be complete opposites, but you must learn to get along. If you are having problems with your roommate, try to leave and blow off some steam. Remember you are stuck sharing the same space with this person, and its easier to tolerate someone compared to being worst enemies.
Talk to your roommate about the rules you agree on. Things you should discuss include your policy on having visitors over, dorm room decoration, dorm room furniture placement, borrowing clothes, eating food and anything else you can think of.
Chances are you are going to have people stay over in you already tight dorm room. You and your roommate should figure out what is acceptable. For example, bringing home 2 people of the opposite sex at 3:30 AM might not be acceptable for you. If its you bringing people home late at night, at least be courteous enough to be quiet when you and your "guest" slip into your bed. And try to keep it down before you go to sleep.
This is more for the college girls, because college guys don't usually borrow each others clothes. Many college students have problems with roommates borrowing clothes without asking and not returning the clothes in the same condition the cothing was borrowed. Make sure you let your roommate know if they want to borrow any articles of clothing, they must ask you first before they can borrow it, and they must return the clothes in the condition they found them (washed and ironed). Try not to be too strict, because the more flexible you are with your roommate the better you will get along. Try to get your roommate read our tips on doing laundry in college dorms if they complain about doing laundry.
Food can be an issue because usually one roommate has way more food than the other. Talk to your roommate and lay down the law about eating your food. Some college students have had to buy locked boxes to store their food in because their roommate would not stop eating their food.
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