Shared Accommodations Need Shared Expectations



Most second year universities or college students come to the realization that off campus housing is the cost effective solution. With sky-high tuitions for top schools, most students are looking for housing alternatives that have shared accommodations to reduce their living expenses.

Shared accommodations also come, in most cases, with different expectations. Today’s students are diverse and come from different ethnic backgrounds, age or sex. Navigating new relationships, while attending school full time can be a balancing act. The following principles only take a little initiative but will go a long way in building a happy home.

Respect: Treat your roommate how you would like to be treated. Respect their personal space and time. Clean up after yourself. Always ask before using something that belongs to someone else.

Communication: Days/times for having friends over. Laundry or cleaning schedules. Noise perimeters for nights. Overnight guest. Collaborate on building some house rules. Get all the roommates engaged. Their opinion and participation count. Write it, print it and post it!

Don’t Rush It: Every good relationship takes some time. Get to know each other. Favorite foods, tv shows, activities, hobbies are all examples of great starting points of discussion points. The more you know about them, the more they will know you care.

Extra Effort: Don’t sweat the small stuff and lead by example. Its inevitable that there will be time where the house rules will be bent or broken. Not finishing their dishes or having some extra noise past the time agreed upon. Cut your roommate some slack if its an isolated occurrence. If you cook and have some extra food, see if your roommate is hungry. If they didn’t finish their dishes, why not give them a helping hand and finish the dishes for them are all examples of going the extra mile.

At the end of the day, you are the captain of your own ship and only have control on what you can do directly. With some attention to detail with the highlighted principles you will certainly increase your circle of influence with your roommates. Sharing your living space with someone can be a blessing or a course. You decide….

Shared Accommodations Need Shared Expectations

By Robert Maceachern

Most second year universities or college students come to the realization that off campus housing is the cost effective solution. With sky-high tuitions for top schools, most students are looking for housing alternatives that have shared accommodations to reduce their living expenses.

Shared accommodations also come, in most cases, with different expectations. Today’s students are diverse and come from different ethnic backgrounds, age or sex. Navigating new relationships, while attending school full time can be a balancing act. The following principles only take a little initiative but will go a long way in building a happy home.

Respect: Treat your roommate how you would like to be treated. Respect their personal space and time. Clean up after yourself. Always ask before using something that belongs to someone else.

Communication: Days/times for having friends over. Laundry or cleaning schedules. Noise perimeters for nights. Overnight guest. Collaborate on building some house rules. Get all the roommates engaged. Their opinion and participation count. Write it, print it and post it!

Don’t Rush It: Every good relationship takes some time. Get to know each other. Favorite foods, tv shows, activities, hobbies are all examples of great starting points of discussion points. The more you know about them, the more they will know you care.

Extra Effort: Don’t sweat the small stuff and lead by example. Its inevitable that there will be time where the house rules will be bent or broken. Not finishing their dishes or having some extra noise past the time agreed upon. Cut your roommate some slack if its an isolated occurrence. If you cook and have some extra food, see if your roommate is hungry. If they didn’t finish their dishes, why not give them a helping hand and finish the dishes for them are all examples of going the extra mile.

At the end of the day, you are the captain of your own ship and only have control on what you can do directly. With some attention to detail with the highlighted principles you will certainly increase your circle of influence with your roommates. Sharing your living space with someone can be a blessing or a curse. You decide….


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