Compromise Keep in mind that you’re not the only one living with another person that’s unfamiliar—your roommate is too. Try to be reasonable in your expectations and meet in the middle when necessary. Know when to choose your battles so your room doesn't turn into a battlefield.
Set Boundaries If you’re already aware you’re a light sleeper, let your roommate know before an issue occurs. Or, perhaps, your absolute pet peeve is having people use your things. Whatever the situation, it’s important for both roommates to set boundaries before issues arise. It’s likely that some issues may arise regardless, but you’ll be ahead of the curve.
Set Rules College is a time where students from different background with different morals, values and ideas of what’s acceptable behavior come together. Perhaps it was perfectly acceptable to leave dirty socks around in your home, but your roommate may not feel that way. If you set some rules from day one, getting along with become a whole lot easier and your living experience will likely be a lot more enjoyable.
Manage Expectations Not everyone is going to be your BFF. That’s life, but it doesn't mean you can’t get along with that person. Make sure your expectations of having a roommate are realistic—a roommate is a person to live with, not a person you’re bound to for eternity.
Mediation When all else fails, talk to a professional staff member on your college campus that’s trained to deal with the situation, like a resident advisor (RA) or residence hall director (RHD). There’s no point in walking around with steam blowing out your ears and some conflicts are big enough that room changes become necessary. Other times it’s helpful to sort out the situation with a third party.
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