College Roommate Driving You Crazy?

Roommate conflict is part of almost every college student’s first-year experience. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make your time living together go smoothly.

Remember, you don’t have to be best friends with your roommate. But if you’re mutually respectful, there’s no reason you can’t get along.

Set Ground Rules

If you and your roommate didn’t do this at the beginning of the year, you should set some ground rules at the start of your second semester. Maybe you don’t want people in the room after midnight on school nights; maybe she doesn’t want you waking her up with the radio while you’re getting ready for your 8 AM class.

If you set some reasonable guidelines now, you’ll be clear on each other’s expectations and avoid uncomfortable situations.

Speak Up

You see your roommate every day – the worst thing you can do is be passive-aggressive. Bringing up a problem can be hard, but it’s necessary. If you stay calm and respectful, there is no reason you two can’t come to an agreement. Bottling up your issues will lead to bigger problems in the long run.

Be Specific

Tell your roommate exactly what you have a problem with, and agree on boundaries that make sense. For example, instead of telling her you can’t study when there’s background noise, agree to both use headphones when the other person is studying. That way, neither of you will have to guess if you’re bothering the other.

Take a Breather

If you’re having problems with your roommate, get away and take some time to cool off! It’s totally normal to argue and have problems with someone you spend so much time with; a few hours to yourself can only do you good.

Go to a friend’s place or grab your books and head to the library or your dorm’s study room.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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