So, a new semester is almost coming up – you might only have a few weeks. I hate to burst your bubble, but it’s true. This means that you have to peel yourself off your parent’s luxurious couch and tear yourself away from the wonderful amenities, like a private shower and home-cooked meals. Chances are, though, that you will have a new roommate. If this is the case, there are a lot of things you need to lay out before you move in, like boy policies, quiet times, and much more.
Here are 5 things to discuss with your new roommate…
- Your refrigerator stuff. If you are into the whole idea of sharing your food, then you don’t have to worry as much, but if you don’t like to share, you have to discuss with your new roomie what the protocol is going to be. Do you get two mini-fridges, or do you get one and then label the food? Or can you two just agree to be respectful about not eating someone else’s food?
- Boys. What is the protocol for bringing boys over? What do you do if you come home and walk in on your roommate and her boy? If this is the case, you need to be clear about what is and isn’t okay? Do you put a scrunchy on the door, or do you send a text? Are you okay with hanging out in the common area until she is done? Is she okay with it?
- Sleepovers. Sometimes the dorm room can be too small for sleepovers. Especially if it’s a guy sleeping over. If this is the case, you need to be clear about what you are and aren’t okay with. Are you okay with girls sleeping over, but not guys? What about guests who snore really loudly? Be as clear as possible, because you don’t want to get into a fight about it later.
- Lights out. Sometimes you’ll get a roommate who likes to go to bed super early, while you like to stay up. This can get a little tricky if you don’t communicate this before you move in. You might find a compromise, like wearing headphones after a certain hour and lowering the brightness on your laptop or tablet. Whatever the case, there’s no sense in having a policy unless both parties abide by the rules.
- Messiness. It is also important to have rules about how and when you must clean. Of course you should be cleaning all the time – just to keep it tidy, but what if you are a neat freak and she is not. What if it’s the opposite? You should at least have a conversation about it before you two get settled – before it turns into an argument in the future.
Lastly, if you are moving into a new dorm, or if you are getting a new roommate – even if you are moving into a new apartment with a new roommate – it is critical to have a convo before you two get settled into the swing of things. Who knows, you might have nothing in common with the person and need to move or find a new roommate. It’s better to settle these things sooner – rather than later.
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