So, you’re moving in with a roommate.
You may be lucky enough to be moving in with your best friend. If you’re not that lucky—or even if you are—here are eight helpful tips on how NOT TO lose your new roommate in ten days.
- Volume Control
Shockingly, not everyone wants to hear you blast national treasure Shania Twain’s That Don’t Impress Me Much. This is especially true when your roommate is trying to study, sleep or concentrate on watering their Japanese peace lily. Instead, show off those stylish headphones you just bought.
- Respect Boundaries and Personal Space
You each have your own bed or your own room, but there are areas that belong equally to all of you. Be mindful of how much space you take up. Share the living room couch, control your refrigerator space, and respect someone’s need to be alone.
- Room for One More?
One of the very fun parts of university is making new friends. However, bringing them over can easily get invasive. The golden rule here is to let your roommates know ahead of time. They can adapt, join in or they can share why they think that having a party the night before an exam is a terrible idea.
- Habits Gone Bad
Living with your parents, trivial things you did may have felt inconsequential because they love you unconditionally. With a roommate, you may not be so lucky. Take initiative: take out the trash, do the dishes, clean up the fridge. You can even bond and do them together.
- When you say nothing at all
When something is bothering you, saying nothing might be easier in the short term, but it can also, in turn, be damaging. Make sure that you let them know! Could you really go the entire year hearing your roommate’s strange obsession with constantly doing Christopher Walken impressions?
- Sharing is Caring… Only if You All Agreed to It
Some things are almost more fun when shared. A good example could be cake or your significant other’s sweater. But make sure these things are available to take in the first place. Ask before grabbing that final slice of pizza!
- Have “the Talk”
Not the talk you have with your parents when you hit puberty, the one we are talking about involves you sitting down together to establish rules, learn about each other’s showering habits, and discuss your school or work schedules. Set guidelines from the very beginning to make that first step towards peaceful coexistence. Feel free to use this list as a starting point!