Help your student be a better roommate
Summer College Life
Share these tips from the UniversityParent Guide to Supporting Your Student’s Freshman Year.
- Set basic ground rules. Your student and his future roommate should discuss — ahead of time! — expectations about cleaning, noise, and visitors. All students should do this, and shy students may need extra encouragement.
- Never borrow anything without asking. Respect boundaries. Each roommate should carve out his own space and stay within it.
- Be considerate. If one roommate is sleeping or studying, the other should keep it quiet.
- Accommodate reasonable requests. Communal living requires flexibility and give-and-take.
- Address disagreements immediately. Roommates should be open to talking about issues as they arise. That way, little problems are less likely to become big ones.
- Get to know the Resident Advisor. RAs are the people to see if there’s a problem the roommates can’t work out themselves.
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