So you got into the college of your choice, you’ve figured out how to pay for it and you’re even thinking about starting to pack, but what are you planning on bringing? Well, don’t worry, we’ll help you get ready for dorm room life with all its quirks and tight spaces.
Before you start packing, check out our packing guide. And find out if you’re ready for life in tight dorm-room quarters with our etiquette quiz. This page just might make your college experience a little more enjoyable.
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You discover one of your roommates is failing history class due to not studying. His/Her parents ask you about it when they visit. What do you say?
Notify your roommate about the concern. It is not your responsibility to speak the parents directly about the matter. Be polite to the parents and let them know that it’s better that they speak to your roommate themselves.
You and your new roommates arrive at your empty dorm room at the same time on move in day. How do you decide who sleeps where?
Talk to your roommates about their preference and decide together. Though you may or may not have a preference of which bed, desk and dresser is yours, it’s best to talk about it with your new roomies. It shows that you are thoughtful and willing to compromise, which is the perfect combo to build a new friendship.
You and one of your roommates are decorating the bedroom and there’s only one spot left for a poster in between your two sides. What do you do?
Feel out the situation, does your roommate really want to use the spot, or could you two get one you both like? It all depends on your personalities. Finding a compromise is usually the best way to handle any situation when it comes to communal space.
You ordered a mini fridge for you dorm room, but your roommates keeps eating your food. How do you solve this problem?
You could probably do any of the above, but a lack of snacks may leave you yearning for a yogurt during a late study session. Try asking your roommates to pitch in or start labeling your foods to remind them that you paid for the nosh in your fridge. If those ideas don’t work, you may need to have a more serious discussion.
Your friend who’s visiting from out of town is sleeping on your floor for the weekend. Your roommates said it was cool, but now they seem put out. What do you do?
Confront your roommates and find out what is bothering them. Chances are something is going on, whether it has to do with your weekend visitor or not, so you should probably find out what’s up. Your friend is only there for the weekend, but you have to live with your roommates all year long. It’s best to solve things quickly and respectfully.
Your roommates wakes you up by turning on the lights very early because they have class every morning at 8 a.m. You don’t have class until 10. How do you solve this schedule situation?
There’s no need to start the great light war here. Let your roommates know in a nice way that they are waking you up in the morning. See if you can find a solution like turning on a small lamp instead of the main lights.
Your roommates have a really bad habit of putting wet towels on the carpet after showering. After a couple of months, your room starts to smell. How do you fix the mildew issue?
Bring the smell to their attention and point out the source. It’s best to just be up from about stuff that could harm you or your roommates. Keeping a wet towel on the floor is a hygiene issue for your roommates and your room. Let them know that the towel is causing mildew to grow in your room and it would be best if the towel is hung up.
You lucked out! You can control your heating and cooling of your room, but you and your roommates disagree on the temperature. What do you do?
Find a happy medium temperature. Switching the heater or air on and off wastes a lot of energy and finding a middle ground should work well for everyone.
One of your roomies is totally obsessed with his/her appearance. You’ve noticed that he/she is rarely eating, throwing up in the bathroom, and spending lots of time at the gym. Do you tell someone?
You must tell your resident advisor or a medical professional immediately. If you suspect that your roommate may have an eating disorder, you need to let the proper authorities know. Refrain from telling friends. Eating disorders are a disease that need to be treated and should be handled with care. Be a good friend and roommate and let someone know that your roomie needs help.
You are parting ways for winter break. How do you and your roommates celebrate the vacation?
Depending on your relationship, you can either go out of your way to wish your roommates well, or you can just wish each other well. There’s no rule on how to part ways.
A roommate’s best friend dislikes you. A lot. Yet, they hang out in your room all the time. How do you get over the cold glances and mean-spirited remarks?
Confront your roommate about it in private and find out what’s going on. It’s best to approach your friend about this. Don’t be afraid to talk about it.
Get the Logistics
In your welcome pack for school with information about your dorm room, find out what size your room is, how many roommates you'll have and what type of bed you'll be sleeping on. Many college dorm room beds are extra long and require extra long sheets. Knowing whether you have a dresser, closet and or wardrobe will be helpful in choosing storage items like plastic bins for under your bed, or portable shelves to hang inside your future closet. Also, check the weather for the area where you'll be living. What are the temperatures during the different seasons? Think about what type of clothes your should bring in relation to the climate. You should consider the types of activities you'll be doing too. Do you need anything formal? Some work out clothes? Think about all the possibilities.
Pack the Necessities
Before you pack your favorite posters and a bunch of items to decorate your room, pack the things you absolutely need first. Here's a list to get you started: The Necessities
You're going to want your dorm room to feel like your new home. If you have room, bring some items to make you feel a comfortable in your new space, but keep in mind you are sharing it. Here are some ideas to brighten your new mini-abode:
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