College roommate relationships can be really good or destructively terrible depending on how you approach the situation from the beginning. If you and your roommate are honest and open from the outset, it will keep the drama away. Both of you may come from different types of households and are used to doing things a certain way, but when you step into an environment where you and a stranger are sharing the same space, respect is the only way you can maintain peace. Consider the following tips:

  1. Be clear from the beginning. Let your roommate know how you are used to living and what your pet peeves are. Starting the relationship with great communication will minimize problems down the road.

  2. Address things when they’re little. If you notice some bad habits that your roommate may have, address it early by making them aware. They may not realize what they’re doing is a nuisance to you.

  3. Respect your roommate’s stuff. If you use your roommate’s things, make sure that you always ask for permission.

  4. Be careful who you bring into your room. Be mindful of having people over; your friends are not always your roommate’s friends.

  5. Always follow the Golden Rule. Remember: treat your roommate like you’d like to be treated.

Courtesy: University of Alabama’s LTUT Campaign