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Tips For Transitioning From Living At Home To Living With Roommates


For some students, it’s difficult to transition from living at home to living with roommates. But one can make it fun and easy by following some simple tips provided in the post. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Tips For Transitioning From Living At Home To Living With Roommates

Tips For Transitioning From Living At Home To
Living With Roommates
  • For college and university students, living away
    from home can be fun, exciting and filled with
    possibilities. It can be even more fun and
    interesting when youre living with roommates,
    although, there can sometimes be a transition
    period when you first start living together and
    adjust to each other's lifestyles and routines.

  • Fortunately, most difficulties can be overcome
    when you have established household rules and
    every roommate takes care of their
    responsibilities. Good roommates can make moving
    from home to student housing fun, but there are
    some things you can do to make the transition and
    living with others easier. Check it out

Set Some Ground Rules
  • Rules are the key to surviving on your own and
    with roommates. They play a major role in living
    in a peaceful environment and establishing a
    healthy relationship with your roommate(s). Have
    a meeting with your roommate(s) and set some
    ground rules immediately after moving into your
    new space. These rules should include

  • Respecting each others privacy, e.g. setting
    rules for entering each others rooms, borrowing
    things or eating others' food, and being quiet
    during study times, etc.
  • Dividing the chores (including cooking) and any
    bills equally and fairly

  • Establishing rules for guests (especially
    overnight guests) and parties
  • Guidelines for using communal spaces, i.e. the
    living area, kitchen and bathroom(s)
  • Setting rules for how grievances should be aired
    and addressed

Learn Proper Communication
  • If you dont know how to communicate well, it
    doesnt matter what ground rules you set. Proper
    communication is essential to fostering good
    relationships and resolving issues. This is
    especially true when youre living with others.
    However, communication is much more than simply
    talking. It also includes the method of
    communication, the approach used, the tone of
    voice employed, the undertone (or the way words
    are said), body language and more.

  • When combined, all of these things can help tell
    others how youre feeling, as well as how they
    should behave or react. For example, respectfully
    airing your grievances and listening to others is
    the most effective way to resolve issues. In
    fact, its much more effective than leaving
    notes, taking passive-aggressive actions without
    explanations, ignoring others or simply allowing
    the issues to continue.

  • If you have an issue with a roommate, set aside
    a time to talk, calmly explain your grievances,
    and most importantly, tell them how this issue
    makes you feel. Allowing discomfort to build and
    aggressively confronting a roommate or taking
    passive aggressive action could cause undue
    tension. It could also have severe consequences,
    making your home environment unbearable for you
    and others. Remember to

  • Listen as much as you speak
  • Learn and seek to understand any cultural, social
    and personal differences between you and your
    roommate(s) and how they affect your living
  • Dont yell at or belittle others and try to walk
    away if others do these things to you
  • Respect others, their words and their points of
  • Be open and honest

  • Dont talk nastily or disrespectfully about any
    of your roommates with the others
  • Ask and present points for making certain
    situations better for all parties involved
  • Be flexible and compromise where necessary and

Get to Know Your Roommates
  • Its easier to get along with others when you
    have a basic understanding of their personality,
    habits, likes and dislike, etc. However, you
    cant gain a basic understanding of your
    roommates if you dont get to know them. And
    getting to know them involves spending some time

  • Although college can keep you busy, you
    shouldnt neglect spending quality time with
    others. Fortunately, living with roommates makes
    quality time more convenient. It also makes it
    easier to create bonds. And roommate bonds are
    often special and unique.

  • So, plan some roomie time. You could schedule
    a movie or game night, plan to go clubbing
    together, host a party, create a roomie-only
    study group, attend concerts or school-sponsored
    events together and so much more. No matter what
    you do, show the people that you live with that
    you appreciate them, as well as that you care
    about connecting with them and learning about who
    they are.

  • Of course, not everyone is well suited for
    living with roommates and that's okay, too. If
    you live alone in any
  • furnished bachelor apartment Ottawa has to
    offer, for instance, you wont have to worry
    about roommates or setting ground rules, but the
    best possible living situation depends on your
    personality and lifestyle preferences or habits.