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College Roommate Tips: How to Get Along with Your College Roommate

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August 16, 2018

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5 min

Two young college roommates use roommate tips to bond

We’ve all heard the dreaded roommate horror stories. From small arguments to stolen items, roommate problems tend to range in size and severity. But, the best way to avoid roommate problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Keep reading this post to find the top 6 tips for getting along with your roommate!

6 Tips for College Roommate Peace

  1. Get to Know Your Roommate: It isn’t uncommon to choose a random roommate your freshman year. But before moving in with your roommate, get to know them a little. Spend time asking what they like, don’t like and any other useful information. The more you know about your roommate, the more you’ll understand them.
  2. Split Contributions: If one roommate provides more items for the dorm, apartment or house, it can lead to a negative first impression of the other roommate. Avoid this problem by splitting the contributions down the middle. For example, if one roommate brings the couch, the other roommate should bring the dining room table.
  3. Be Courteous: No one has ever complained about their roommate being too clean. Try to be the roommate you would want to have. Wash your dishes, pick up your clothes and focus on keeping the shared space clean.
  4. Communicate: Do not let issues fester. Instead, bring up any problems as they arise. If you don’t like it when your roommate listens to music at 2:00 am, bring it up.
  5. Address Your Pet Peeve: If you’re starting to get frustrated with your roommate, consider the one pet peeve you can’t live with and start by addressing that. Bringing up multiple problems at once may make your roommate feel attacked.
  6. Focus on the Positive: Even if things are not going well with your roommate, there are still more than likely some positives to the situation. Maybe you are frustrated with how your roommate lets the dishes stack up before doing them. But before angrily confronting them, think about the positives of living with them. Maybe they make dinner and sometimes leave enough for you. Or, maybe they wake you up when your alarm fails to go off. Thinking about the positives before angrily addressing your roommate will help to mitigate any problems.

Avoid Roommate Problems with a Storage Unit Rental

One thing that will commonly lead to roommate arguments is a lack of space. Whether the lack of space has led to a disorganized home or overall clutter-stress, a storage unit rental is a simple solution for combating this problem.

ezStorage has storage facilities near many college campuses, all throughout Maryland and Virginia and in Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD. The 5×5 storage unit rental would be the perfect size for storing any out-of-season clothes, extra small appliances and other items. The 5×10 storage unit rental is a great size for storing extra furniture, out-of-season sports gear and anything else that is not currently needed.

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