DIY Roommates

Your first experience of sharing living space with people who aren't family members often happens during college. While roommate relationships can be difficult, there are many things you can do to help make the situation as enjoyable and conflict-free as possible.

Check out these DIY tips for getting along with your roommate.

Remember that conflict is normal and healthy, especially when people are sharing living space. Communication is critical- both before and after conflict occurs. Most conflict can be avoided or more easily resolved if the roommates are communicating with each other about their needs, realities, and concerns. The tips in this section can help you to build an open path of communication to address concerns as they arise and more easily move past them.

Roommate contracts can help to structure these conversations, and there are many resources for students to address roommate conflict, so don't hesitate to reach out for help and advice.