The thing about roommates is, they might become your best friends. Or not. They may have everything in common with you. Or nothing at all. But with a few simple ground rules, either scenario can work out just fine.
Practice common sense and courtesy, and follow a few simple guidelines:
- Take the roommate contract seriously.
- Choose your bed wisely. If you sleep on the bottom bunk, people are going to sit on your bed.
- Don’t assume. Ask. As in, don’t assume it’s okay to use your roommates’ things. Ask first.
- Be patient and flexible. Understand that it’s not going to be sunshine and rainbows the whole time.
- Accept that you’ll have to compromise occasionally.
- Respect each other’s time, space, and opinions.
- Be caring.
- If you’re going to live with your friends, be sure you really like them. And take the time to make an informed decision. Like dating, don’t rush it.
- Clean up after yourself—especially if you eat in your bed.
- Remember, you don’t have to be best friends. But rooming together is a chance to make your first friend.