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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

So, you’re just about to start your college career and begin preparations to move into your dorm room. Your college or university has most likely already told you who your new roommate will be for the school year -- and no doubt you’ve already taken to social media and stalked every page they have while also trying to get into contact with them. This is an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time because you’re not sure what to expect when it comes to your roommate and your future plans. For every roommate success story, there is a horror story, but we want you to have the best experience possible and the good news is we’re here to help. 

Coordinating With Your Roommate Before Freshmen Dorm Move-In Day

So, you may be asking yourself -- where do I begin?  Initially the brain goes right towards the ideal -- you dream of creating a homey and organized dorm room while sharing it with an amazing roommate who will be your best friend this year! But, you must understand that there is work to be done before achieving this dream. Synchronizing with your assigned roommate before the first day of school is an important task in getting yourself acclimated to your new environment. We’ve compiled a list of ways you should coordinate with your roommate before move-in-day.

Who’s Bringing What?

Showing up to the first day of college with two refrigerators and only having space big enough for one is your worst nightmare. But you can avoid this by communicating with your roommate on who will be providing what for the dorm room! 

Start with the big-ticket items -- dorm room essentials like a refrigerator, microwave, TV, game consoles, and fans (because not all freshman dorms will have air conditioning) and work your way from there. Make sure finances are evenly split so that you start off on a balanced keel. You can then decide who will be bringing smaller items like lamps, shelves, mirrors, and storage bins -- although you may elect to purchase your own storage bins for personal reasons. Keep in mind that while you need to coordinate this year to make the most of your small living space -- you may need some items in the coming years that maybe your roommate has elected to provide this year. For example, if you plan on living in your own space as an upperclassman -- you may want to volunteer to buy the refrigerator that way you will have it for the future. Making sure you have a clear idea of who is bringing what will save you the headache of having to return duplicate items, or going out to buy last minute forgotten pieces -- especially during the hectic orientation week when your time is limited.

Coordinate Move-In Schedules

Find out when your roommate plans to move in so that you can coordinate your schedule around theirs. Either try to move your things in at the same time so that you can lend a helping arm to each other, or a few hours or a day apart so that you do not clog up the system. Either way, it is best to try to move your things in around the same time so that you will both have everything you need within the first few hours of being in your dorm. 

Keep in mind that your roommate may be coming from out of state or a long distance away from your college -- when this is the case, sometimes these students are allowed to move in earlier than the ones who live closer to the school. If this is your current situation, you may want to discuss your preferences on who will take what side of the room. The bottom line is -- the last thing you want is to be left stranded without necessities, so no matter when you’re moving in, ensure all necessary items have been purchased. Also, make sure you have our must-do’s checked off before your freshman move-in day! 

College move-in-day can be a hectic time, but stress can be taken away by planning to move in with your roommate.

How to Decorate

Granted, everyone has their own style and taste when it comes to dorm décor.  However, it is beneficial to talk to your new roommate about how they want the overall aesthetic of the dorm to be. Maybe you’re looking to do more DIY dorm décor while your roommate is more in favor of a flower-power hippie inspired room. Having a slight cohesiveness throughout the dorm will help to make the space feel more like a home to the both of you. Also, you never know what kind of influence your roommate’s style can have on your own. Being flexible with your roommate’s likes and dislikes is a huge part of sharing a dorm, so if your roommate hates the color bubblegum pink, it is probably a good idea to leave it out of your side of the room. Likewise, make sure you are dividing the room evenly so one of you doesn’t have more or less space than the other. You want to start off on the right foot -- so making sure your room is balanced and you find a way to agree on decor is the best way to make the experience enjoyable for the both of you. 

Every student has dreams of living in a cozy dorm room with your roommate as your best friend. 

Discuss Interests and Living Expectations

While this may seem like a no brainer to the average tech-savvy millennial, it is always a good idea to do a little research and get to know your new roommate. You do not want to go into your dorm room completely unaware of who you’ll be living with -- so don’t blindside yourself. After the initial email -- reach out, start to follow them on their social media accounts to get a better feel of their interests if you haven’t already! Ask them what kind of clubs they participated in or sports they played in high school. Also, it is a good idea to find out what kind of “home” they like to come back to after a busy day. Do they like peace and quiet at least 5 hours out of the day (besides sleeping, of course), are they immune to noise and don’t mind the occasional get together, do they plan to spend most of their time in the room or none at all? You may also want to find out what their major is and what they plan on doing when they get to school -- joining 15 clubs or spending every weekend going out and partying. Asking them how they expect to share this new living space will help you be a better, more respectful roommate as well as having an idea of what you’ll be walking into. 

If you start to feel minor or serious concerns when talking with your soon to be roommate -- you might want to address these problems from the beginning. This doesn’t mean you have to tell them you don’t like their attitude about something and start an argument before you even meet each other. But, if your roommate tells you they typically stay up all hours of the night playing video games, and you’re very particular about how much sleep you want each night -- it’s a good idea to talk to them about how you can compromise. This goes for anything your roommate says that maybe you don’t feel comfortable with -- such as having a boyfriend/girlfriend sleep over. It’s always better to tell your roommate when you feel uneasy about something they’ve said rather than let them think you are completely fine with something they plan on doing. Be realistic about your expectations and tell them to be as well -- that way you will have a very clear idea of boundaries and feel relaxed heading into the semester.

Communication is essential and you should always be open and honest with your roommate -- because at the end of the day you’ll be spending the next 10 months or so living together. When you both arrive on campus, your resident assistant or RA might have you fill out a roommate agreement for the coming year. They will refer to your answers if a problem arises in the future -- so you need to take this seriously and be completely open about your needs and expectations. Some things you might want to consider before filling out a roommate agreement are -- how many hours of sleep do you want each night, when should the lights be turned off in the room at the end of the day, how do you feel about guests/visitors in the room, how many hours a day you plan to spend in the room as well as studying in the room in a quiet environment, how you are with room cleanliness and how you would like them to be, how you feel about them borrowing or using your things. This will help for a smoother transition into your college career and hopefully smooth sailing throughout the year as a whole!

Once you get settled into your dorm room, you can start your new college class routine.

Keep in mind that while you may hit it off from the word “go,” you also might not and the initial conversations and first few days with your new roommate can be awkward. The good news is that once you get more comfortable with each other, figure out your new routines and work on any barriers or issues that may arise in the first few days -- you will actually start to become friends! Everything becomes better over time, so your living situation will mellow out within the first few weeks or so. Living with a roommate when you’ve never had one before can be an adjustment at first, but most of the time it ends up going well for the both of you and you may even become good friends for the next three years of college!