You can’t live with them and you can’t pay rent without them. Sound familiar? Whether you love them or hate them, your roommate will be sharing one of the most important years of your life with you. Here are some tips to help you two get along.
- Be clear about your room arrangements before move in. It will be a lot easier for you in the long run if you establish what will be yours/theirs in the beginning. We know it might be awkward to have that as one of your very first conversations but it will make living together bearable for the rest of the year.
- Respect their stuff. You wouldn’t want your roommate taking your things when they didn’t ask, right? Respect their stuff and they will respect yours.
- Keep your mess on your side. Even if you’re a complete slob, keep your mess on your side of the room. It’s not very fair to your roommate to have to clean your week old dishes or pick up your dirty laundry.
- The chore list. Regardless of if it’s your turn or not, they gotta get done. You can’t go the whole year without cleaning your bathroom. Try keeping a chore chart and rotate the turns every week, that way they are evenly spread out across all your roommates. One roommate not doing their chores? Try talking to them, not accusing them of laziness.
Regardless if you have a good roommate or a horrible roommate, it really is important to have open communication. They aren’t a mind reader. Try to remain calm and understanding and if all fails, find a sub-leaser. Good luck!