How to Get Along With Your Roommates

How to Get Along With Your RoommatesLiving with roommates can be a fun and rewarding experience that everyone should try at least once. It’s a great way to learn how to navigate a number of complex interpersonal situations, and it could be the beginning of lifelong friendships. Although, it usually takes compromises and patience to make it work.

Agree on some guidelines right away. You’ll need to discuss and see eye to eye on important everyday activities. The more things you can compromise on, the sooner you can enjoy living with a roommate. If you’re heading up to college soon and new to the world of room-sharing, here’s our advice to make the experience go as smoothly as possible.

Space and Boundaries

A huge golden rule is to be respectful! Just because you share a space doesn’t mean you share a closet or pantry; and always clean up after yourself.

Share your schedules with each other to make it easier to be considerate of getting ready for classes, plans, or assignments. If your roommate has to study for an important exam, it’s not a good idea to have a party.

Ask before bringing guests over. Depending on how big your space is, there’s not much room for visitors, so it is only right that your roommates are at least aware, and tell your guests to respect the rules. 

Make sure to get enough sleep so your mood and energy level don’t suffer. Ideally, you’d both be morning or night people, but try to respect each other’s sleeping schedule and habits as much as possible. If you’re up late watching a movie or listening to music, use headphones so everyone’s happy. You may love blasting show tunes on repeat, but that doesn’t mean your roomie shares that passion. If a roommate is wearing headphones while staring at their phone, they most likely don’t want to talk about their day. And don’t take it personally if they lock the door to their room; even the most social person needs a little space every now and then.


When you live with other people, you will need to be honest and open with each other. If it annoys you when someone leaves their dishes in the sink or laundry on the chair, you need to speak up.  Letting your opinions be known will avoid potential conflicts and puts your roommate to roommate relationship on the right track.

Be sure to embrace the experience while it lasts! Living with someone new might be scary at first, but there are countless stories of roommates from different backgrounds and parts of the world becoming close friends after living together.

If you and your roommate are from different countries, then enjoy the cultural diversity and invite opportunities to get to know each other and learn new things. Through the differences, you can learn so much just from being around each other, like new foods, music, and ways of viewing the world.

Whether you’re staying on campus or in an off-campus apartment, make sure you’ve got Renters Insurance for College Students in order to keep your space protected without breaking your budget. And make sure to enjoy your college years!

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