Roommates can either be a friend or a foe. A lot of people cannot accept the fact that they will be living with a stranger and not everyone can instantly be friends with them. And that’s fine.

However, you need to get along since you two or more will be living in the same room, sharing the same bathroom, kitchen, and utilities. So, you may have to set ground rules and adjust accordingly. Also, here are some things to avoid to keep a civil relationship with your roommate:

Being messy

Who likes a slob, especially the untidy ones? Sure, you don’t need to scrub your room down every day but keeping your space clean is a must. Avoid loitering down clothes or tissues on the floor or gross leftovers around. College is the time you should learn to be independent, so you should not depend on your mom. Keep your side of the room clean and it will keep you out of trouble.

Being loud

If you are a partygoer, do not bring it to your dorm room. It is common sense to be considerate of others. Don’t blast your music or talk loudly over the phone when your roommate is studying or sleeping. You surely don’t want your roommate to do this to you.

Bringing friends or significant others  without permission

Before inviting someone over to your place, make sure that your roommate approves of it. It can be awkward for your roommate to be in between your friend’s or boy/girlfriend’s conversation. Also, you don’t want your roommate to be the third wheel. So, plan ahead of time and make prior arrangements.

Borrowing things without permission

This is a common cause of trouble. And you know that stealing is never right. So, when you borrow your roommate’s things, you must ask their permission first. It is completely fine as long as they give you the consent to use their stuff, just know how to properly take care of it. Sneaking their stuff just because they are not around is a big no-no.

Being offensive and rude

Know that your roommate is also human. If they did something wrong, try to understand where he or she is coming from. If you know a thing that annoys your roommate, do not do it. Learn the virtue of respect. Follow the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. This way, you can expect the same courtesy you are giving to him or her.

While room-sharing can be difficult for some, it is a small thing for others. When you start to be mindful that someone else shares the space with you, then you will learn how to respect each other’s privacy that comes with respect, consideration, and friendship.

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