Being a Good Roommate
Contact your roommate prior to moving in. Get to know each other and determine who will bring what on move-in day. Bring only one half of what you think you will need for the first three-four weeks of the semester, and plan to be flexible and open to your new roommates - compromise is GOOD.
Even if you've known a person for years, but never lived together, you will learn new things. Here are some useful rules of the road:
- Complete and discuss our Roommate Agreement. It can help you define expectations of one another. Roommates are asked to agree to support it as a basis for acceptable behavior in the apartment or suite.
- Discuss the rules of the University.
- Be honest with your roommates. Tell him/her when you do or don't like something that is going on in the apartment. Don't let things fester, its best to deal with issues as they arise rather than waiting for them to pile up.
- Your roommate has the right to read, study, and sleep just like you do. Try to keep noise, guests, and other distractions to a minimum. Ask first before inviting over a bunch of friends.
- Don't borrow your roommate's stuff without asking. Chances are they will be happy to share food or lend you that really nice sweater or blouse.
- Check with your roommates about same gender overnight guests. Remember, it is their space too.
- Keep it clean. Nobody likes dirty dishes. If you feel like you're doing all the cleaning, suggest setting a regular schedule so everyone has some responsibility.
- Common areas in the apartment like the kitchen and living room are open to everyone in the apartment. Try to keep your personal effects in your own room unless you don't mind other people using them.
- Personal space is personal space. Respect your roommate's privacy.
- Make sure your guests know and follow the rules you and your roommates have established.
- Don't try to be the boss of everything. Treat your roommate as an equal and be ready to compromise.