Advice for roommate communication | Students Answer

Advice for roommate communication | Students Answer


♪ I would say a very important thing is communication. If you have a problem with your roommate, bring it up. If you want to know if you can borrow something of theirs, bring it up. If they think they might be annoyed at you, but you’re not sure, bring it up. Just, clear communication, I think is super important and can solve a lot of problems before they become problems, rather than waiting and stewing over things until they get really big and you have a big problem with your roommate. Your roommate is going to basically be your first person you’re going to meet in college, so you might as well do your best to try and be friends with them, and if that doesn’t work, at least have an open communication with them. Talk through issues. Don’t let it build up to be this passive-agressive bubble that’s going to burst one day. It’ll just make all of your lives easier. I think that as long as you’re being understanding and compassionate about those kinds of conversations, then it’s really more effective than keeping things in, because that can lead to more resentment. And the other thing too is, I mean, we’re all young and this might be your first time living together with someone, and so a lot of these things, you don’t know unless someone tells you. So again, as long as you’re coming from a place of understanding, I think, just being open about, “Hey, this is something that kind of annoys me,” or, “hey, sleeping arrangements” or anything that might be kind of a difficulty, just bringing it up in a conversation. The best advice I have for roommate communication and managing expectations is to always start early, like on the first day of school, or the first week of school. Set those expectations. Set those boundaries. Fill out your living agreement together and make sure both of you are clear on what is expected from each other.

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