Have you ever shared a room with a stranger or even a close friend?
I think living with other people can be difficult, especially when each person comes from a different background and has their own ideas about how they want to live.
I'm afraid that I won't get along well with my roommate, but I wanna be a good friend and good roommate.
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- Thread Starter
- 17-08-2013 10:26
- 17-08-2013 18:05
I've been to summer camp before and had to share a kind of marquee with five other girls and also a dorm with three other girls. I was really nervous about it but you're all in the same boat and everyone's at least worried about not getting on with people before.
Generally, you tend to go through the common questions: course, results, previous school, etc and there are lots of activities during Freshers / the first few weeks to socialise.
- 17-08-2013 18:09
Look, is it a shared kitchen or is it catered?
If it's a shared kitchen, don't leave your dirty dishes in the sink, don't hog the fridge and for God's sake, don't spill something and not clean it up, also don't play loud music/have loud sex late at night when people are in.
If it's a catered accommodation, don't ruin the bathroom - and that means when you take a dump, light a candle and when you.....lets say "spill", clean it the hell up. When you're at dinner, just use proper dinner manners.
Truth be told, if you are not a scumbag, you'll be fine
- Source: I've stayed in halls and know what makes a bad flatmate from a good one.
- 17-08-2013 18:46
I think you'll need to talk with your roommate when you move in and establish between you some rules/boundaries, things like who gets what space, whether you each clean your own sides or take it in turns to clean the whole room, how often you clean, what if you want some private time, even what time to go to bed and turn the light out/set the alarm to wake up. I've never had a roommate before but I imagine it'd be quite difficult as even though I've had flatmates and now housemates I still had my room as my personal space which I could leave in a mess sometimes, invite friends or my boyfriend round to when I wanted, be alone in when I wanted and could go to sleep/wake up when I wanted without worrying about bothering someone else. I'm sure it'll become easier though as you become friends and feel more relaxed with each other, just be considerate and friendly and as long as your roommate is the same you should be fine.