Whether you live on or off-campus, there are important things you need to know and TOCSL is here for that!!
Most of you will have a roommate and it is important to have a good relationship with this person and develop a community living agreement.
Get to know your roommate
To be comfortable living with someone, it is important to get to know each other and have an open communication. Ask questions to get to know each other!
Get to know them. Its always a good idea to spend time to get to know their preferences, their origins, favorite activities.. Who knows? You may have something in common. Your roommate might be allergic to something you like to cook or might smoke but you don't! Asking questions helps to learn how to live together.
ESTABLISH GROUND RULES
Once you have talked, you can now set up a plan! To avoid potential future conflicts with roommates its important to establish ground rules while living together.
- Tip#2 : Establish Guidelines to follow while you are living together!
Having a guideline can save you from a lot of trouble! Know your roommates preferences and together set up rules you will both follow. Can guests stay overnight? Will you be sharing food? Will you clean up after yourself or rotate cleaning? May you use personal items when the owner is not there? Important questions that will save you from troubles!!
Communicate with your roommate
THE most important!! Talking and listening to your roommates help create a strong relationship!
- Tip#3 : Talk, listen and repeat!
Make time to have conversations. Be an active and genuine listener. Depending on how close you become, telling your roommate whenever you sleeping out or coming back home late avoid the other being worried about you. Show your roommates that you care!
The best way to have a good roommate is to BE a good roommate!