Living with a total stranger as roommate could be cumbersome, however when you become familiar with them, things go more smoothly.
Moreso, having and living with roommates in the university could be such a sweet sour experience depending on how you handle it.
Whether you like it or not, you will be living in the same roof with people who are not related to you in any way for some months or even years.
However, things could just go fine with all of you and you’ll not only grow fond of yourselves while in school but the relationship can span longer, even beyond school territories.
The following can help you be a better roommate in your University
1. Understand Your roommate
You must know that you and your roommates are from a different background and therefore have different orientations. There should be room for tolerance.
Try to understand them. Know the things they like and what pisses them off. Most times the rooms are usually small and as such will make everyone uncomfortable, try as much as possible to understand yourselves and live fine.
2. Set rules and boundaries
For you to have a good relationship with your roommate, you must have do’s and don’ts. This will make you have boundaries. Spell out how you want your room to look like; Who should do a particular chore, when friends are to visit and other things. The rules however, should not be too rigid but simple enough to amend.
3. Practice division of labour
Another way to be a better roommate is to be fair enough to engage in doing chores. It should not be one sided. While your roommate is washing the dishes, you could be preparing the meal or washing the toilet.
4. Communicate your differences
There is definitely no community without conflict. Conflict could be a way of strengthening a relationship if managed well. Communicate to your roommate what does not go down well with you. Never keep grudges for too long. Talk about her behaviour that you don’t like and for seek a way forward.
5. Respect your privacy
No matter how close you may eventually become with your roommate, never forget that he or she actually needs some time alone. Respect their privacy whether they ask for it or not. You will definitely see yourselves almost all the time and you know virtually all your routines and habits. It is still important you allow them their spaces.
6. Watch out for one another
Being a good roommate is looking out for each other. Supporting your roommate especially when they are down. Emotional or financial support can go a long way. The fact that they are your roommate and probably not a close pal, should not stop you from showing concerns. Take care of the things that belongs to your roommate, especially the ones that are prone to getting damaged.
7. Ask before borrowing
No man is an island. We don’t have it all and sometimes will need to get things we don’t have from our roommate. In cases like that, it is important to ask for those things. Never assume that since she is your roommate and you have built some level of closeness that you could just take their things. Seek for permission before using them. If peradventure your roommate refuses to give you too, never take any form of offence.