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Guide On How To Get Along With A College Roommate


If you have not grown up with a lot of siblings, going to college and living in a dorm may be the first time for you to be sharing space with someone else. Living with a roommate entails a lot of changes and this is one of the many things that college bound students need to be prepared for.

According to US News, your ability to get along with your roommate is one of the most important factors for success as a college student. While is not indeed easy to find a roommate you will be compatible with, here are some tips to make sure you and your roommate keep things pleasant throughout the year.

Do not expect becoming best friends with your roommate right away

According to Forbes, you cannot expect your roommate to be your future best friend instantly. Although having friends is one of the things most freshman hope to make when they make it to college, having too much expectations might just lead to frustration. It is okay to take it one step at a time. You can gain a lot of friends in school, and the most important thing is that you begin by establishing a pleasant and peaceful relation with your roommate.

Get to know your roommate

It is always better if you start establishing the relationship earlier. As soon as you meet your roommate, start a conversation and discuss the things you need to discuss like things you agree and disagree on, in order to avoid conflict. It could include your schedules for waking up, the alarm, etc.

Discuss the study habits

It will be good to set expectations when it comes to your study habits so you do not end up disturbing each other especially when you are cramming for exams or in a rush to finish a paper or project.


You have to be prepared to compromise since you do not have the room all up to yourself. Work up with comfortable compromises that you and your roommate can be comfortable with.

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