The Five Commandments of Being a Good Roommate



We’ve all had one— a terrible-horrible-pull-out-your-hair kind of roommate. At least I have. (Note: If you haven’t, all I can say is count your blessings before bad luck catches up with you. Seriously.) How bad was my freshman year roommate? Well, for one thing worse than yours—I can promise that. Here are some adjectives that describe her: clingy, dirty, loud, germy, and irresponsible. And that’s just to name a few.

On the bright side, my bad roommate experience taught me a lot about how to deal with difficult people. More importantly, the experience taught me what not to do when it comes to being a roommate.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of Ten Commandments that every roommate should follow. Live according to these tips, and you should have a much better living experience. Furthermore, unlike my first year roommate, you will never have a CollegeCandy article like this written about you! What a great perk!

  1. Clean up after yourself. I’m not a maid and neither are you, so please do us all a favor and stop being a slob.
  2. That includes dirty dishes. IF YOU USE A DISH, JUST WASH IT!
  3. Do not borrow something without asking. You didn’t like it when your younger sister did it when you were a teen, so why would anyone like it now?
  4. Hands off the food that’s not yours. Unless you plan on replacing that sleeve of Oreos, leave.
  5. Set boundaries — if you’re honest with each other about what you like, what you don’t like, and how you want your shared space to be treated, it will easier to manueaver around each other without wanting to strangle each other.
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