A Few Tips for Getting Along with Your Freshman Roommate

Move-in day on your campus and there is an exciting buzz in the air. This is the day that you will move in to a tiny room with your roommate you don't know. Your first roommate experience can have a lot to do with how your first few months in college will be like. Here are a few tips on how to make your roommate experience as good as possible.

1. Respect their space.

The fact of the matter is that both of you probably would not want to be living in that small of an area with someone they don't know. It's good to establish some ground rules right away. For example, try to keep all of your stuff on your side of the room because the last thing that your roommate wants to see is your dirty clothes oh his side of the room.

2. Respect each others schedules

Sleep is very valuable in college. If you have an 8 am lecture class every morning and he doesn't have to wake up until 10:00, BE QUIET. Once your alarm goes off, turn it off quickly and try to get ready as quietly as possible and let him sleep. This simple gesture will allow you and your roommate to have a better relationship right off the bat.

3. Hygiene

Like I've said before, you are going to live in a very small dorm room together for awhile so it's important to practice good hygiene. Wear deodorant and shower are two things that seem like common sense, but a lot of people do not do it. Wash your Twin XL Bedding and your clothes frequently. If you follow all of these steps, your roommate experience will be at least tolerable. The name of the game will be respect. Even if the two of you don't really like each others personalities, then you will at least have to respect each other.

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