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The key to a successful relationship with your roommate(s) is early communication. Make time to talk about habits, preferences, moods, and values. Whether your roommate is a new acquaintance or good friend, you will be surprised to find out some things you did not know about him/her. If something is bothering you, the sooner you talk about it, the sooner it can be resolved. Below are some questions that can help roommates get to know one another:
Many incoming students have never shared a living space before and are unsure of how to approach a new living arrangement. Consider your roommate’s needs for time alone and establish your own quiet time also. Be realistic: don’t expect your roommate to be your best friend and constant companion. Too much time together can strain even the best friendships.
Roommates should establish ground rules regarding the use of each other’s belongings, room cleaning, entertaining guests, and study environment. Speak up from the start and collaborate to determine a living plan that suits each of you. Knowing where the other(s) stands on these matters prevents future disagreements.
Not every roommate conflict can be resolved without outside advice. If you’ve tried the suggestions above and still need to help, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Resident Assistant. If you find that a solution cannot be reached between you and your roommate, you can discuss your options with your buildings Area Coordinator.