Roommate Advice

Bond Beyond the Dorm!

One of the best parts of college: dorm life. Not only are you finally away from your parents, you're also surrounded by hundreds of potential friends with similar goals and, perhaps more importantly, similar fears.

But when you're surrounded by so much to do all within a few feet of your cozy little room, it's easy to get swept up in all the dorm activity and never really get to know anybody further away than the girls on the second floor. As awesome -- and comfortable -- as it can feel to be an integral part of your dorm's social circle, don't let yourself get stuck in a rut.

Can Your Roommate’s Attitude Affect Your Outlook On Life?

Many colleges allow students to choose their roommates. This could be a best friend from their hometown or even through a roommate finder on Facebook. Either way, it is a difficult task to always be happy with your roommate, no matter how well the two (or even three) of you get along outside of the dorms.

According to NPR News, when you start to spend so much time with someone such as a roommate in college, their attitude and thinking can start to affect the way you act and feel towards different situations.

What to Do When Your Roommate is Driving You Nuts

So your roommate is driving you crazy? We’ve all had those days (or weeks) where you absolutely cannot stand your roommate for some reason: Maybe she left her dirty dishes unattended for far too long, maybe she plays her music too loudly or maybe her boyfriend has overstayed his welcome.

Whether this is the first time an issue has come up or the millionth time, here are some tips for dealing with a roommate who has gone too far.

What to Do If Your Roomie is Hooking Up Too Much

By Ashley Yenick, Student at Merrimack College It’s extremely awkward and difficult to be in a situation like this. Your roomie’s hooking up and you’re left all alone and stuck in awkward limbo. Do you interrupt them? Do you wait outside the door? What do you do? Don’t worry, at some point or another, we’ve

How to Start Off On the Right Foot With Your Roomie

By Amanda Cross, Student at the University of Central Arkansas Living with a roommate can be tough, especially when it’s the first time you’ve shared a room with someone. Sharing space in small, cramped quarters can get irritating, claustrophobic and just all-around horrible. Having a good relationship with your roommate can help ease the tension

5 Essentials You Need for Your Dorm Room

By Jill Scherr, Student at Academy of Art University If you were anything like me growing up, you always loved any excuse to shop, especially trips to buy back-to-school supplies so you could be super prepared for the first day of school/college. I’ve learned over the years that it is great to be prepared …

Roomie Checklist: What You Need To Discuss Before Moving In

By Kelly Leslie, Student at San Francisco State University Do you know who you will be living with next year? Moving in with a new roommate is exciting, but there are some things you will want to discuss before you do. Check all of these items off of your list and the year ahead of

Negotiating with Roommates: Start Early, Communicate Often

Submitted by Julie Homerding Living in a dorm room is like having your very own 10×10 home. And just like any home, you will have to fill your dorm room with things that you and your roommate will need on a daily basis. The question is, who is bringing what? Contact your new roommate during

Best of College Blogger Advice: Friends as Roommates – Good or Bad?

I’m a firm believer that you never truly know someone until you live with them. Specifically, you don’t know your friends as well as you think until you live with them. In some situations, you get to know your friends better and your relationships grow deeper. Case in point: my freshman living experience was amazing.

New Website Offers College Roommate Matching

A new website lets students pick their own roommates freshman year, but could that take all the fun out of move-in day? You decide.