College buddies need rules when living together
College students everywhere are gearing up for another school year. And if you are like many of them, you’ll be sharing your living space, either in a dormitory, apartment or house, with at least one other person. If you already know your room or housemates, that’s one thing. But if you don’t, here are some tips to help ensure that you will get along for the length of your time together:
1. Be civil
Politeness goes a long way. While you may find that your new room or housemate is your polar opposite, always try to be civil in all your interactions with that person. Offer your help and advice, especially if it looks like he or she is having trouble adjusting to college life. If the person forgets to tidy up once in a while, remind them nicely if it’s getting to be a habit.
2. Set down some house rules
If you are living with someone you don’t know (or don’t know very well), it’s good to sit down together at the beginning and hash out a few basic rules such as those pertaining to:
- noise levels,
- guests (how many and what hours they can stay),
- cleaning schedules (especially for the kitchen, bathroom and any common areas you share), and
- when the lights should go out.
3. Respect each other’s belongings
Perhaps the biggest source of friction between college room or housemates has to do with personal possessions. And this is because everyone has his or her own set of boundaries. For example, you may have no problem letting someone else use your soap or hairbrush, but your roommate may. And they can become extremely upset if you touch anything they own. So be clear from the very beginning about what’s OK and what isn’t.
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