3 ways to be a good roommate

No two roommates will ever be the same, and often in college the biggest hassle is dealing with roommates. I have found in my college experience that the best practice with roomates is to lead by example and treat your roomates the way you want to be treated. With that in mind, there are at least three major things you can do to be a better roommate.

The first big thing, and most obvious practice of a good roommate, is cleaning up after yourself. This is often easier said than done, but I have had many friends get into fights with roomates about something as simple as dirty dishes. For instance, when you make food, clean up the kitchen. Vacuum or sweep every now and again, and do something that cleans up the shared space at least once a week. No one has ever argued with their roommates because they were too clean, so just take out the trash and wash your dishes, and you should be good to go.

Another characteristic of a good roommate is a someone who knows and understands the other’s schedule and accommodates them. If your roommate has class at 8 a.m., be courteous the night before. In short, it is important to be considerate of their schedules and needs associated.

The last good tip for a good roommate is to spend time together. Get to know them. Do not invade their privacy, but ask them how their day was, say hello and goodbye and treat one another with respect. You do not have to be best friends, but at least be friendly with your roommates. You live with these people, take an interest in their life cause you’re a part of it.



Taylor Burgess
Senior, nursing


Published: Mar 7, 2018 9:52am