How To Handle Conflicts With Your Roommate As A University Freshman

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When you’re in the university, your roommates are the people that you’re going to spend the most time with. So if you’re put in a room with people that you can’t stand or get along with, it can end up spiraling into something more serious. Here are some tips for dealing with roommates that you don’t get along with in order to avoid conflicts that you can’t come back from.


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When you get to the university, you have to come to terms with the fact that we all come from different places. That means what you may think is common sense might be entirely different from the way someone else thinks. You can’t expect your roommate to know that something that they’re doing is affecting you if you don’t bring it to their attention. Communicating with your roommate without offending them is an important skill that you need to pick up early in the university.

Allow Time For Change

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After a discussion with your roommate, you can’t expect things to go to the way that you want them immediately. It might take a while for your roommate to actually process what you’ve said, and then it will also take some time for them to work on the habits that make you uncomfortable. Similarly, if your roommate comes to you with a problem that is affecting them, you need to put in the effort and time to address their concerns.


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Finally, roommate relationships like all other relationships require a level of compromise in order to work. You need to be willing to listen to your roommates complaints and work on the issues that they bring up as well as understand that there may be things about themselves that they may not be able to change.



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