Roommate Facts

  • Clean up after yourself. This can seem unimportant when you've got exams and a million other things to do. However, this isn't your room alone, so being a slob is rude. Be sure to pick up your laundry, throw away your trash, and make your bed. After all, one room doesn't take much effort to clean.
  • When your roommate wants quiet, be quiet. Doing otherwise is very rude. When your roommate is studying, go chat with your friends somewhere else. If only you want to listen to music, get headphones
  • Never wake a sleeping roommate. Sleep is a valuable resource for a college student, so don't be the reason your roommate doesn't get enough. Be quiet when you're coming in late at night, and respect the need to nap.
  • Do not use your roommate's stuff without permission. This goes for everything, including food. Similarly, don't snoop through your roommate's things. It can be tempting but resist the urge.
  • Be reasonable about visits from friends. Make sure you are not monopolizing the room. If a friend is going to stay overnight, ask permission. It's also important that your visitors are polite to your roommate. By the same token, be polite to your roommate's visitors.
  • Be reasonable about visits from "special" friends. Visits from boyfriends and girlfriends can cause serious roommate conflicts. Never invite your date to sleep over. If your roommate is comfortable, devise a system to keep roommates away at inopportune times. However, don't keep your roommate out too often. Never get physical when your roommate is around, even if he or she is asleep!
  • Don't do anything that makes your roommate uncomfortable. It's always a bad idea to keep illicit drugs or alcohol in your room, but if your roommate objects, it's an even worse idea. This rule goes for more minor issues as well, including grooming. If your roommate is grossed out when your cut your toenails in the room, then don't.
  • Never gossip about your roommate. It's tempting to vent about your roommate's annoying habits, but don't. If your roommate finds out (they probably will), he or she will be very mad. If you have issues with your roommate, talk to your roommate. This isn't the easiest thing to do, but it's a lot more mature than gossiping with your friends. This isn’t high school anymore.
  • Never spread your roommate's secrets. Even if your roommate doesn't share his or her secrets with you, you're bound to stumble upon some private information. Spreading it reflects bad on your character and hurts your roommate.
  • Do not break your roommate's things. If you do break something, apologize profusely and pay for it immediately. It also goes without saying that you should not steal your roommate's things!
  • Never make fun of or belittle your roommate. A little gentle teasing is okay, especially if you become friends. But keep your opinions to yourself about your roommate's funny little quirks.