Sharing a room with someone is a good way to learn how to adapt to new changes, and also benefits your personal growth and confidence. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Having a roommate automatically means you have a new friend (most of the time). Depending on the length of your stay, you'll have the opportunity to meet and engage with new roommates from around the world. Having someone physically present is also beneficial during those lonely periods, especially if you are away from your loved ones for the first time.
#2. Treat each other well
When in doubt, follow the Golden Rule: treat someone the way you would like to be treated. We are all human beings and we all deserve to be treated equally.
Get to know each other's cultures, needs & requirements so that you can avoid upsetting them unintentionally. Who knows, you both might find something in common or interesting about your respective cultures and beliefs.
#4. Spend time together
Bonding over shared interests can make living together much more enjoyable. You can even swap ideas on how to make maximise the look and potential of your shared room. For starters, revamping your bedding.
#5. Work out a schedule
Each of you will have different priorities and activities, but at the end of the day, you both share the same living space. Discuss and agree on schedule of events that you both can live with i.e. lights out after 11pm, no loud noises between 12mn and 8am, etc.
#6. Lock up
You wouldn't want a stranger entering your room. Remind each other to check that all doors are locked and windows are closed / fastened before leaving the area.
#7. Shared room, not shared belongings
Living in the same room doesn't mean everything inside it is shared as well. It's fine to take ownership of your own personal belongings. Maximise any available space you have with these smart storage organisers.
#8. Personal space
While bonding with your roommate is good, there may be times when they (and you) might want to be left alone to do your own activities. This is perfectly fine, and should not be misunderstood as anything else.
#9. Clean up after yourself
Nobody likes a slob, and nobody likes a messy roommate either. Take care of your own mess first. You can also workout a cleaning schedule where you both take turns with the cleaning. Here are some cleaning products that you might need.
#10. Discuss & Solve Issues Immediately
Leave no room for misunderstandings, especially during conflicts between roommates. Have an open discussion with each other and agree on a solution or compromise together, before the issue turns into a bigger argument.
Remember, roommates are humans too and people can make mistakes from time to time. Nothing "I'm sorry" better than a gift from the heart. Check out some of our gift options that will help you win back the heart of your roommate.