How to Get Along With a Roommate

As an international student myself being far from home is hard, but when you have to live with a someone new for 8 months... now that's just the icing on the cake. There are a lot mixed feelings about living with a roommate for the first time when coming into first year of university. It's exciting and also nerve wrecking. What if we become really close friends? What if I can't stand the person? Will he/she be clean? These are only few out of the many questions that I've pondered before entering first year. Resident roommate questionaries can either be a hit or miss when finding the right match for a roommate and luckily for me I got a hit. From my experience having a roommate isn't exactly what the movies portray it to be, even if you get along with the person. For my incoming first year students here are a few tips that I've done that helped me avoid roommate drama and making living with someone enjoyable.
A picture of my room during first year
My room in first year when I first moved in on campus. I shared the room with a Chinese girl named Candy.
Set Boundaries It's always awkward at first when it comes to setting boundaries to someone that you just met but it is necessary. By mentioning a few things that you are comfortable with and uncomfortable with will help the person understand on how to live with you the best way possible. While doing this you also get to learn a lot more about the person and become closer. Respect one another Believe it or not, when you are living with another person you have to think about how the other person may feel with certain actions you do in your room. If you want to have a friend over for the night, ask your roommate to see if they comfortable with the plan before you make any final arrangements. This way he/she is informed in advance and won't be surprised or placed at an inconvenience. Or if your roommate falls asleep earlier than you and you want to FaceTime a friend or family member, be respectful, and do it outside your room or in a common room. Once you show respect to someone then you will get respect back and it will make your life a lot easier. A meme about how a roommate did not tell the other roommate that she did not tell her that she invited someone over These are just a few things that I've done that has helped make my living experience with someone manageable. Sometimes you can get lucky and don't really have to do any of these, but eventually in life you will have to learn to live with someone. Whether if you live in an apartment with your best friend or share a room with your siblings these same principles still apply. However, regardless of who live with don't forget to have fun and make the most out of your university life. Living in residence has been an unforgettable experience with many personal stories made and an added bonus to my student life at U of T.

2 comments on “How to Get Along With a Roommate

  1. Where can I find the resident roommate questionaire? I’ve been accepted into a dorm but never saw a questionaire.

    1. Hi Tina! Congrats on your acceptance to your affiliated college dorm! Generally, when you apply to a dorm they would have the questionnaire either a part of the application form or send it via email a couple of weeks after your acceptance. Since you did not see it as a part of your application then they should send one as time gets closer to school. If you are still curious you can always contact your residence and inquire. I hope this helps!

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