How to survive college // Roommates & Apartment-mates

August 25, 2015

We have all heard of the horror stories of college roommates and how easily it seems that things could go wrong, but today I am here to share with you a few tips and stories of how to and how not to get along (or not) with your roommates or apartment-mates. Feel free to share your advice or stories in the comments below!

The most conflicts in roommate situations (or apartment mates) stems directly from not setting rules up in the first place. If you don't set rules, then neither of you can follow them. It's important to set rules from the start. I'm not sure if all colleges do this, but at my college they make every set of roommates (in the dorms) to complete a roommate agreement. These kind of agreements ask basic questions about things like sharing stuff, communication, and more. Then, a sort of contract is formed between you and your roommate when you agree and sign your roommate agreement. If someone ends up breaking one of the rules, then the other roommate can choose to take action and go to the RA. 

I know that not every college will have roommate agreements that is mandatory so, here are a few topics to definitely go over with your roommate or apartment-mates! Be sure to discuss things such as cleanliness, a cleaning schedule perhaps, sharing things, privacy, guests, over night guests, and personal space.

It is super important that you go over these types of things with your roommates to avoid disaster down the road! I hope you enjoyed these tips!

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