4 Ways to Be a Good Roommate

Posted by Daniel Lawrence on March, 2016

Moving out of your parents’ house to start college can be a scary thing. If you’ve moved far enough away, maybe you won’t be able to see your parents as often. Getting a chance to live in Fanshawe College apartments in London, Ontario, without being subjected to their rules, is always awesome. However, if you have a roommate, you still need some ground rules if you both don’t want to kill each other by the end of the year.

Don’t Use Their Stuff Without Permission

Just because you share the same roof over your heads doesn’t give you the authority to go into their room and use whatever you like. Have the courtesy to ask them beforehand and respect their decision. If it is something that needs to be replaced once you have used it, be prompt in replenish in a timely manner.

Don’t Be a Slob

Yes, you are allowed to keep your room as messy as you would like. Nevertheless, there are common areas that are shared by both of you that you need to respect. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink for days on end is a complete no-no. Don’t throw dirty clothes all over the couch in the living room. You remember carving that pumpkin a couple months ago for Halloween? It’s time to get rid of it.

Be Independent

Of course you can borrow things, here and there, from your roommate, but don’t ask them for something every single time you need it. Take the initiative and purchase it yourself. You can go so far as to start offering to lend them some as payback. By this age, you should be sufficiently self-reliant.

Stay Positive

Sometimes, roommates end up not being perfect matches with each other. That doesn’t mean you need to be at each other’s throats every time you are both home. Nor does it require giving the silent treatment. In time, you will make other friends and have to live with this person until the end of the lease. Try to make the most of it while you can.

Going to college is hard enough. Endless days of lectures and countless nights of studying become very tiresome. Living with someone you don’t get along with because you have infringed on their life by using all of their things, being a complete pig around the apartment, and not taking care of yourself is stressful. Be a good roommate, and really a good person, and it will make the whole experience a lot smoother.

For more information on Fanshawe College apartments in London, Ontario, contact The Residence on First online at http://www.residenceonfirst.com, or call 519-474-7399.

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