Your house, your rules? Not necessarily. Moving in to a house or apartment in college may have you felling like you’re the boss, but there’s one thing you should keep in mind for your new place: you have roommates. Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to living with others, some love it some hate it, but most of us have to do it at some point or another. It may be a little uncomfortable at first, but don’t worry, our team at Campus Homes has worked together to help your transition to living with others as easy as possible.
Before you can live with roommates, you need to have roommates. Picking people to share your personal space with can be hard. Some say not to live with friends while others say to not live with strangers. We’re here to take the guessing game out of finding the perfect roommate. At Campus Homes we have established a roommate generator to help find your “perfect match.”
Laying Down the Law
It’s important for you and your roommates to sit down and establish some boundaries. You want to make sure everyone is on the same page before jumping into this whole “living together” situation. Talk about having people over, drinking, cleaning, partying, etc. We’re not saying you need to establish a curfew, we’re just saying you need to discuss what your habits and expectations for each other as roommates are.
Remember to respect each other’s property and space. You cooked? Great, now you get to clean. You showered? Good, now take your hair out of the drain. Your roommate is studying in the kitchen? That’s fine, you can watch Netflix in your room. It’s little things like this that can make or break your relationship with your roommates. Remember the golden rule we were repeatedly told in elementary school: Treat others how you want to be treated! Now is the time to put it to its maximum usage.
Whether it’s staying in or going out, it’s important to spend time with your roommates. After all, you are supposed to enjoy living with these people! Have family dinners, watch Netflix, and go out on the weekends. Living with other people is not supposed to be scary, it’s supposed to be fun. Enjoy this time in college and make some memories!