Getting along with your new college roommate really isn’t that hard. As long as you put forth effort, you can really have a fun time. It’s always best to get along, rather than fight all the time. Here’s how you can get along with your roommate at college.
Start off on the right foot
When you first move in and meet your roommate, try to be accommodating. If they put something (like a refrigerator or TV) where you don’t think it should be, don’t just tell them to move it. Instead, try to suggest other possibilities that you both might like. Also, if you are sleeping on bunk beds, offer your roommate the bunk of his or her choice. When your roommate realizes that you are being accommodating, he or she will probably try to do the same. Above all, it is very important that decisions about what goes on in your dorm room are made together.
If you want your roommate to respect you and your space, then you must do the same. Try not to be loud when you come in the room, even if the other person is not asleep. Dorm rooms are usually small and if you make a lot of noise at any time, it is sure to get on the other person’s nerves. Also, if you are cooking food in the room, make sure that the smell does not bother your roommate. Even something like scrambled eggs could be terribly annoying to your roommate in the confined space (especially if he or she had been out late the night before!)
Try to be friends
A great way to make sure that you and your roommate will get along is to try to be friends with them. Ask them if they want to go get coffee or order a pizza and watch a movie in the room. College can be a big, scary place, so its nice to have someone you can turn to. Of course, it is not necessary that you and your roommate become best friends, but solid bonding experiences will make life with your roommate much more enjoyable.”